This was the first official game for the reserves in 2014 due to the awful weather. The Reading was very much changed from the one that played the away game earlier this season. They have the name and squad numbers on the shirt and only two players had squad numbers below 20.
Reading had 3 players that started the season playing for Arsenal reserves in midfield : Leigh Nicol, Zoe Cunningham and Rebecca Danbridge. Arsenal welcomed the new goalkeeper Chelsea Coles from Watford following Sophie Harris’ move to London Bees.
The rest of the team was Leighanne Robe, Vyan Sampson, Jade Bailey, Meg Ryan, Leah Williamson, Bianca Bragg, Freda Ayisi, Caroline Weir and Carla Humphrey. Taome Oliver Adekite Fatuga and ? came on in the second half.
The 6 goals were scored by Weir, Humphrey, Ayisi, Bragg, Williamson and Oliver.
Overall the girls played well with some good attacking football and movement but the game lacked intensity to be testing enough. It needed at least 10 to 20% more. I am not sure Reading had a shot on target for example.
So after this good result the road the FA WSL Development League Cup semi-final is wide open for the Arsenal Ladies reserves team.