Reading 0-2 Manchester City – Match Report (WSL)

Manchester City returned to WSL action with a comfortable 2-0 win at what could’ve been a tricky contest against Reading at Adams Park. Pauline Bremer was once again at the centre of the goals, with both of them coming from her.

City went into the game on a bad note, finding out that one of our key players Georgia Stanway is to be side-lined for up to six weeks with a hamstring injury. A big blow to add to our ever-growing list of injuries that already includes Ellen White and Lauren Hemp from our front line.

City started with the majority of the ball, keeping the ball away from the dangerous players in the Reading side. But once again, there was no real penetration and desire to get the ball into dangerous areas.

That changed however on the half-hour mark, when just after Moloney in the Reading goal had kept out Tessa Wullaert, Pauline Bremer struck. She dribbled with the ball towards the edge of the area before moving it onto her right foot and curling it past the keeper to make the breakthrough for City. Another good finish from a player who’s had an outstanding week.

Bremer was on the goal-scoring trail again after the break latching onto a through ball from Jill Scott but could only flash her shot across the goal. Moments later however, Bremer did double City’s lead. Good work from Weir meant Bremer could get a shot on goal which was well saved, but her persistence meant she got a second bite at the cherry and her shot looped over the keeper and into the net.

The second goal meant that City were in complete control of the contest and could’ve and maybe should’ve made it three.  Janine Beckie used her speed to get through on goal but couldn’t really get the ball out of her feet and her shot went straight at the keeper.

Reading didn’t threaten much, but when they did, Ellie Roebuck did superbly, tipping a Harding effort round the post before punching away the resulting corner.

Bremer was in search of her hat-trick and almost had it when her flick on from a free-kick, clattered against the right post.

But the result in a whole for City was brilliant, coming out from a tough week. The Derby, flying out to Switzerland for the Champions League, and now a tough away fixture, they’ve done excellently to come out of that with three wins.

Player Ratings

Roebuck 7, Stokes 8, Houghton 7, Bonner 7, Mannion 7, Scott 7, Walsh 7, Weir 7, Beckie 8, Wullaert 7, Bremer 9 (POTM)

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