Rachel Rowe scores two last minute goals in two minutes as Leicester fall to defeat at Reading

Updated: Nov 6

Reading took all three points after they beat Leicester City 2-1 in the Barclay's FA Women's Super League at the Select Car Leasing Stadium on Sunday afternoon.




Two changes were made to the team that narrowly lost to Manchester United in the Barclay's FA Women's Super League, as Carrie Jones and Shannon O'Brien came in for Missy Goodwin and Josie Green.


The two sides last met in January in the WSL when Reading took all three points, after scoring an early goal in a 1-0 win over the Foxes, at the Select Car Leasing Stadium.


After a quiet first half that lacked any real clear-cut chances, Leicester broke forward on the attack in the 36th minute, with O'Brien driving forward and laid the ball off to Natasha Flint, who fired the ball from outside of the box, past Jacqueline Burns and into the bottom corner.


The whistle was blown for half-time and the Foxes went into the break 1-0 up.


Early on in the second-half, Lily Woodham fired the ball over the bar before Flint had a chance at the other end, but she fired the ball into the side netting.


Goal scorer Flint was taken off for Missy Goodwin after 60 minutes.


Ashleigh Plumptre swung a ball into the box, O'Brien made good contact with the ball, but she couldn't get the direction right and it went out for a goal-kick.


A second substitution was made for City as the 16-year-old Ava Baker came on for O'Brien.


88th minute Carrie Jones was substituted for CJ Bott.


A free-kick for Reading was swung in looking for Gemma Evans, but Kirstie Levell punched it away for a corner. In the 90th minute, the corner was swung in by Rachel Rowe, as it beat all the Leicester players and went straight into the back of the net for the equaliser.


Rowe scored her second goal two minutes later from outside of the box to make it 2-1 to Reading.


Goodwin's shot went over the cross-bar in what was the Foxes' last chance of getting a point from the game.


It ended in defeat on the road for Leicester, as the Royals took the last minute 2-1 victory.


Standings

City remain bottom of the table on zero points, remaining three points off Brighton and Liverpool, who also failed to win their games. Reading's victory takes them up to 9th place and also onto three points.


Who's next?

Leicester will play Arsenal at the King Power Stadium in the Barclay's FA Women's Super League, on Sunday 6th November (2pm kick-off).


Match statistics:

  • 12 shots, three on target

  • 43% possession

  • 348 passes

  • 55% pass accuracy

  • six fouls

  • two yellow cards

  • zero red cards

  • one offside

  • zero corners


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