Southampton FC Vs Reading FC : Live Blog

12:56: Good Afternoon, we’re here live from St Mary’s stadium, as Southampton take on Reading in the WSL Championship. Kick off is at 2:00pm.

13:03: It is currently half-time in the two early kick-off in the WSL Championship, with Sheffield United and Crystal Palace a 0-0 an Charlton lead Durham 1-0, thanks to a strike from Elisha N’Dow in the 6th’ minute.

13:15: Todays team news has dropped, and its one change for Marianne Spacey-Cale’s side with Sophia Pharaoh come in for Alice Griffiths

13:20: For the Royals, two changes. Cooper and Perry come into the starting XI

13:39: Southampton and Reading have played each other twice this season, once in the league and the other in the League cup, with Southampton getting the better of the Berkshire side on both occasions with a combined score 5-1 (4-1 and 1-0).

13:43: Both sets of players are making their way back down the tunnel, Kick off in just over 15 minutes

13:56: The teams make their way out onto the pitch, moments away from kick off here in Southampton.

14:00: Reading get us underway. Game on.

14:04: Kendall wins a free kick for Southampton just inside the Reading half, but it goes out for a goal kick.

14:10: Best chance of the game falls to Wilkinson, who’s half volley from the tight angle doesn’t stop rising.

14:16 GOAL! Katie Wilkinson heads home to open the scoring for Southampton. 1-0

14:18: Reading win a free kick 40 yards out, it comes to nothing and is cleared by Mott (1-0)

14:27: GOAL! Ella Morris with a tidy finish from 7 yards out to double Southamptons lead. (2-0)

14:31: Readings best chance of the season comes from Jesse Wooleys jinxing run on the edge of the Southampton box, and slides it through to Madison Perry, but the pass is collected by Rendell. (2-0)

14:34: Purfield lays the ball to Collett, who’s strike narrowly goes wide. (2-0)

14:35 GOAL! Wilkinson has her second, a diving header to divert the cross past Orman. (3-0)

14:38: The Saints almost grab a fourth straight after Pikes strike narrowly goes wide, Seven minutes left of the first half. (3-0)

14:45: Four minutes added on here. (3-0)

14:49 Half time, 3-0 Southampton. I can’t imagine you’ll see a better first half than that this season, the Saints playing with confidence and intent, They could’ve been up 5 or 6.


Sheffield United 2-0 Crystal Palace (FT)

Durham 0-1 Charlton Athletic (FT)

Southampton 3-0 Reading (HT)

Birmingham 0- 0Blackburn (HT)

London City 1-0 Sunderland (HT)

Lewes 1-0 Watford (30′)

15:05: Southampton get us underway for the second half. (3-0)

15:09: Break in play as Primus goes down with a head injury, but she’s ok and back on the field. (3-0)

15:11: Collett is enjoying her adventures forward, with a shot inside the box rising over the bar (3-0)

15:14 GOAL! Saints have their fourth, the ball is cut back and falls into the path of Pharaoh and she stabs it home. (4-0).

15:16: It could be a long afternoon for the away side, as Southampton look like scoring with every attack. (4-0)

15:20: Longhurst and Smith are getting ready to come on for Reading. (4-0)

15:20: Perry and Cooper are the two Royals to make way (4-0)

15:23 Katie Wilkinson looks to complete her hat-trick in style, she receives the ball 25 yards out and takes a pop at goal, and just goes over the bar. (4-0)

15:27: GOAL! Sophia Pharaoh take a bow! She Rifles the ball into the top right corner (5-0)

15:28: Lloyd smith and Griffiths come on to replace Pike and Primus for Southampton. (5-0)

15:32: Third change for Reading, as Lulu Jarvis comes on for Roberts. (5-0)

15:34 15 minutes left here at St Marys, I can’t envisage a Reading comeback. (5-0

15:42 Thompson and Lynne are coming on, with Collett and Wilkinson, both have had standout games.(5-0)

15:44: Thompson flicks a looping header goal bound and causes Orman an issue and leads to a corner. (5-0)

15:45: The resulting corner ends with Southampton passing the ball on the halfway line. (5-0)

15:47 Wooley is replaced by Wilson for Reading. (5-0)

15:48: Todays attendance of 2,731 have been in fine voice all afternoon, and they’ve been treated to some five star football. (5-0)

15:50: Katie Wilkinson has just been given the player of the match for her two goal and an assist. (5-0)

15:51: Seven added minutes here in Southampton (5-0)

15:55: Lloyd-Smith wins the ball back off Dugdale and has a free run at goal, but the shot is straight at Orman. 90 seconds left here. (5-0)

15:58: FULL TIME

An impressive and professional performance from Southampton, who’s five goals see them rise up to third, level with Crystal palace on points, but behind on goal difference.

Reading stay 10th, a point ahead of Lewes but the royal shave games in hand on the teams around them.