Match Report: Durham 0-2 Reading

Durham Women fell to a first home defeat of the season at the hands of Reading.

Second half goals from Freya Gregory and Amelia Ellwood handed the Royals victory in a game which had few clear-cut chances.

Buoyed by their win over London City Lionesses prior to the international break, Durham began brightly with the visitors twice having to make crucial interventions as Mollie Lambert threatened to break through on goal.

In a cagey first-half there were minimal chances, but the best feel to Reading as Josie Longhurst prodded wide after good work from Tia Primmer on the left.

Mollie Lambert and Saoirse Noonan then forced stopper Emily Orman into saves as the half wore on, but it was little surprise that the game was goalless at the interval.

The second half continued in a similar vein with minimal chances of note – until a moment of quality from Gregory just after the hour mark.

After picking up the ball on the left flank, the Aston Villa loanee cut inside before arrowing a fine strike into the top corner.

The hosts tried to retaliate with Becky Salicki heading wide from a corner and substitute Eleanor Ryan-Doyle firing over at the back post.

But it was still Reading creating the better of the chances and only a smart stop from Naoisha McAloon stopped Lulu Jarvis adding a second.

That reprieve was only temporary, however, as Ellwood’s low drive from range found the bottom corner in injury time to wrap-up the three points for Liam Gilbert’s side.

Durham XI: McAloon, Briggs (Crosthwaite 62), S Wilson, Robson (E Wilson 89), Lambert, Andrews, Salicki, Bradley, Noonan (Pritchard 62), Clarke (Ryan-Doyle 62), Holmes

Durham subs not used: Saunders, Nicholson

Bookings: Clarke, Bradley

Attendance: 701

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