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Reading and Spurs play out goalless draw at The Madejski Stadium

Neither Reading or Tottenham Hotspur were able to find the winning goal as they played out a goalless draw at The Madejski Stadium this afternoon.

Reading were able to record their first clean sheet at home this year, as they fought off a second half siege from Rehanne Skinner’s Tottenham Hotspur side.

The first half was a dull affair with neither team threatening their opponents’ goal. The first clear-cut chance came from visiting defender Alanna Kennedy, who drove a long range effort straight into the hands of Reading keeper Grace Moloney.

Reading then created a half-chance of their own as Angharad James won the ball high up the pitch. Quickly transitioning to attack, the United States-bound midfielder crossed the ball into forward Amalie Eikeland, with her glancing header going wide of the left post.

Soon after, Tottenham Hotspur’s best chance of the half came from Ria Percival’s corner. Moloney managed to get an outstretched glove to the ball as she was bundled into her own net. At the other end, Jess Fishlock brought down a long ball from defender Molly Bartrip. Placing the ball into her stride, the Welsh International beat a sliding Abbie McManus and unluckily struck the ball against the post.

The second half didn’t provide much more entertainment. Royals forward Eikeland was presented with an early chance as she was played into the box but shot wide across goal from the right side of the area.

Into the 50th minute, Spurs looked set to take the lead, as attacker Rosella Ayane fired the ball across goal with forward Angela Addison sliding in but the Spurs attacker was unable to get meaningful contact from close range, directing the ball over the bar.

Ayane continued to cause problems for the Reading defence. In the 54th minute, the 24-year-old broke past the Reading line, driving into the box whilst fighting off Bartrip, only to shoot straight into the hands of Moloney.

After scoring her first senior goal against Bristol City on Monday, youngster Emma Harries continued to impress, skilfully working her way down the left hand side of the pitch. Passing two of Spurs defenders, she crossed to Eikeland, who forced a routine reaction save from Spurs keeper Aurora Mikalsen.

Spurs ramped up the pressure late on, although Reading’s Moloney was able to stop the North Londoners from taking home all three points, saving Kennedy’s point blank header with seven minutes left to go.

Ultimately, Reading will be pleased with recording their first home clean sheet of the year but will be equally as disappointed at failing to bounce back from their defeat to Bristol City with a win. The Royals now have two weeks off before facing title chasing Manchester City at The Academy Stadium while Spurs take on relegation-threatened Bristol City at The Hive next Sunday.

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