Reading hold Liverpool in six-goal thriller

Published on: 24 November 2022

Reading's Natasha Dowie celebrates after scoring against her former club

Sanne Troelsgaard headed home an 89th-minute equaliser as Reading held Liverpool to continue the Reds' winless run in the Women's Super League.

In a thrilling encounter Katie Stengel gave visitors Liverpool the lead before Tia Primmer's leveller on half-time.

Natasha Dowie put Reading in front, but Stengal and Rhiannon Roberts struck to put the Reds 3-2 up.

But Troelsgaard denied Liverpool a first WSL win since the opening day as her towering header was deflected in.

    Relive Reading and Liverpool's entertaining draw

Draw helps neither as winless runs go on

A draw saw both struggling sides stretch away from bottom club Leicester. Liverpool, in 10th place, are now five points clear of the Foxes, while second-bottom Reading have a four-point advantage.

But they will feel like they could have won this match, having each gone in front in the second half.

Rhiannon Roberts looked to have given Liverpool only their second league win

The Reds dominated the opening exchanges and deservedly went ahead when Stengel headed in Melissa Lawley's cross, only for teenager Primmer to equalise with a looping shot in first-half injury-time.

Reading, whose only league win this season has come against Leicester, were much improved after the break and went 2-1 up through former Liverpool forward Dowie's close-range effort.

The visitors, though, bounced back in an entertaining affair, with Stengal adding her fifth of the season and Roberts putting them on course for victory with 17 minutes left.

But Reading equalised a second time in the closing stages as Troelsgaard met Amalie Eikeland's cross to deny Liverpool a second league win of the season.

It means Matt Beard's side have recorded back-to-back 3-3 draws after ending a six-match losing run against Brighton last weekend.

Meanwhile, Reading have now won just one of their past 10 home matches in all competitions and remain a point behind Liverpool.

    Line-upsMatch StatsLive Text

Line-upsReading Women

Formation 3-5-2


    1Moloney3Mukandi17Caldwell14CooperSubstituted forEvansat 80'minutes9Eikeland27Vanhaevermaet37PrimmerSubstituted forTroelsgaardat 79'minutes23Rowe28WoodhamSubstituted forBrysonat 90+6'minutes10Dowie7WellingsSubstituted forHarriesat 69'minutes



Liverpool Women

Formation 4-3-3

21Cumings2Koivisto5Fahey6Matthews12Hinds18Holland8Wardlaw10Furness19van de Sanden24Stengel11Lawley

    21Cumings2KoivistoSubstituted forRobertsat 64'minutes5Fahey6Matthews12HindsSubstituted forCampbellat 64'minutes18Holland8Wardlaw10FurnessSubstituted forKearnsat 73'minutesBooked at 75mins19van de SandenBooked at 31minsSubstituted forRobeat 73'minutes24Stengel11LawleySubstituted forDanielsat 84'minutes



Referee:Amy FearnsMatch StatsHome TeamReading WomenAway TeamLiverpool WomenPossessionHome55%Away45%ShotsHome17Away16Shots on TargetHome7Away4CornersHome4Away7FoulsHome8Away12Live TextPost update

Match ends, Reading Women 3, Liverpool Women 3.

90'+7'Full Time

Second Half ends, Reading Women 3, Liverpool Women 3.


Substitution, Reading Women. Faye Bryson replaces Lily Woodham because of an injury.

90'+5'Post update

Attempt missed. Gemma Evans (Reading Women) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Lily Woodham with a cross following a set piece situation.

90'+4'Post update

Rachel Rowe (Reading Women) wins a free kick on the left wing.

90'+4'Post update

Foul by Megan Campbell (Liverpool Women).

90'+3'Post update

Corner, Reading Women. Conceded by Niamh Fahey.

90'Post update

Attempt missed. Missy Bo Kearns (Liverpool Women) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Niamh Fahey with a headed pass.

90'Post update

Attempt missed. Leighanne Robe (Liverpool Women) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Missy Bo Kearns with a cross following a corner.

90'Post update

Corner, Liverpool Women. Conceded by Emma Mukandi.


Goal! Reading Women 3, Liverpool Women 3. Sanne Troelsgaard (Reading Women) header from the left side of the six yard box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Amalie Eikeland with a cross.


Substitution, Liverpool Women. Yana Daniels replaces Melissa Lawley.

83'Post update

Corner, Reading Women. Conceded by Megan Campbell.

82'Post update

Attempt blocked. Niamh Fahey (Liverpool Women) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Missy Bo Kearns with a cross.

81'Post update

Foul by Amalie Eikeland (Reading Women).

81'Post update

Megan Campbell (Liverpool Women) wins a free kick on the left wing.


Substitution, Reading Women. Gemma Evans replaces Deanna Cooper.


Substitution, Reading Women. Sanne Troelsgaard replaces Tia Primmer.

79'Post update

Offside, Reading Women. Rachel Rowe tries a through ball, but Emma Harries is caught offside.

79'Post update

Attempt blocked. Melissa Lawley (Liverpool Women) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

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