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Rose scores double as Reading beat Blues

Last updated on 1 hour ago1 hour ago.From the section Women’s Football

Deanne Rose is in her first season with ReadingDeanne Rose scored two second-half goals against Birmingham City to help Reading climb to ninth in the Women’s Super League table.

Rose headed home her first to make it 2-0 after Natasha Dowie had pounced from point-blank range to open the scoring a minute into the second half.

Victory was completed when Rose rounded goalkeeper Emily Ramsey for Reading’s third in the convincing win.

Birmingham City rarely threatened and remain winless after six WSL games.

Reading started the day just one spot and two points above Birmingham after earning their first victory – a 3-0 triumph over Aston Villa – before the international break.

Blues boss Scott Booth said facing a fellow early season struggler was “much more meaningful” considering their relative positions in the table.

Reading started strongly at St Andrew’s, with Justine Vanhaevermaet firing just wide in the opening minute after a well-worked corner and Rose nodding just over the bar soon after.

While Birmingham rarely troubled the visitors, they did create the best chance of the first half – with Libby Smith sneaking between Reading’s two centre-halves before hitting her shot straight at Grace Moloney.

Reading were quick to punish Blues for the miss, with a deep free-kick from Faye Bryson knocked down for Dowie to prod home immediately after the break.

Rose met a cross from Amalie Eikeland to nod in Reading’s second eight minutes later.

The Canada midfield then coolly rolled her second into an empty net after she met a long ball from Gemma Evans and rounded keeper Ramsey to score the pick of the day’s goals.

Line-upsB’ham City WomenFormation 4-2-3-1






21Ramsey14Finn4Quinn2Sandvej3Scott10Murray8RobertsonBooked at 76mins23WhelanSubstituted forCowieat 79’minutes17Quinn22Ryan-DoyleSubstituted forHollowayat 59’minutes12SmithSubstituted forWorsleyat 78’minutesSubstitutes1Hourihan19Whipp25Holloway30Lawley32Cowie36WorsleyReading WomenFormation 4-4-2





1Moloney2Bryson14Cooper5Evans11HardingBooked at 43mins9Eikeland27Vanhaevermaet19Chaplen28WoodhamSubstituted forPeplowat 82’minutes10DowieSubstituted forHarriesat 79’minutes6RoseBooked at 64minsSubstituted forPrimmerat 88’minutesSubstitutes4Peplow12Harries21Stewart31Roberts33Lister37Primmer41PoulterLive TextMatch ends, Birmingham City Women 0, Reading Women 3.

Second Half ends, Birmingham City Women 0, Reading Women 3.

Foul by Emma Harries (Reading Women).

Harriet Scott (Birmingham City Women) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Tia Primmer (Reading Women).

Christie Murray (Birmingham City Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Justine Vanhaevermaet (Reading Women) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Lisa Robertson (Birmingham City Women).

Substitution, Reading Women. Tia Primmer replaces Deanne Rose.

Foul by Deanne Rose (Reading Women).

Harriet Scott (Birmingham City Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Emma Harries (Reading Women) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Faye Bryson with a cross.

Corner, Reading Women. Conceded by Rebecca Holloway.

Substitution, Reading Women. Chloe Peplow replaces Lily Woodham.

Substitution, Reading Women. Emma Harries replaces Natasha Dowie.

Substitution, Birmingham City Women. Abbie Cowie replaces Emily Whelan.

Substitution, Birmingham City Women. Louanne Worsley replaces Libby Smith.

Lisa Robertson (Birmingham City Women) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Brooke Chaplen (Reading Women) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Lisa Robertson (Birmingham City Women).

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