Winger Guro Reiten played a starring role as Chelsea cruised past Reading to book their place in the semi-finals of the Women’s FA Cup.
The Norway international set up Jess Carter’s opener and then won a penalty which Maren Mjelde tucked away as Chelsea led 2-0 at the break.
Reiten added a third soon after half-time to extend the visitors’ lead.
Sanne Troelsgaard pulled one back for Reading but the Blues reached the last four for the third consecutive season.
Chelsea started brightly with Reiten, Niamh Charles and Mjelde all testing Reading goalkeeper Grace Moloney.
And Carter broke the deadlock in the 23rd minute when she bundled home Reiten’s pinpoint cross at the back post.
Minutes later, the Norwegian was brought down by Reading’s Brooke Hendrix inside the box and Mjelde coolly converted from the spot to double dominant Chelsea’s advantage.
The hosts thought they had pulled a goal back when Troelgaard intercepted a loose Chelsea pass before rifling past Zecira Musovic, but goal was ruled out for offside.
Chelsea continued to control the game after the break and Reiten finally got her just rewards for an impressive attacking display as she slotted an Alsu Abdullina pass into an open goal.
Troelsgaard got her revenge for the earlier disallowed goal when she fired in a 70th-minute strike to try to ignite a Reading fightback.
But the Dane’s goal proved nothing more than a consolation and Chelsea, who beat Manchester City in last season’s FA Cup final, held on to seal a third successive win in all competitions.
More to follow.
- 16Mayi Kith
- 15HendrixBooked at 25minsSubstituted forEvansat 45′minutes
- 2BrysonBooked at 45minsSubstituted forWadeat 65′minutes
- 51TroelsgaardBooked at 53mins
- 19Rytting KanerydSubstituted forBrownat 90′minutes
- 17FlemingSubstituted forBladesat 89′minutes
- 5IngleSubstituted forAkpanat 65′minutes
- 11ReitenSubstituted forClaypoleat 65′minutes
- 21CharlesSubstituted forLeupolzat 80′minutes
- Carl Brook
Match ends, Reading Women 1, Chelsea Women 3.