Andy Wicks was at the SCL Stadium yesterday to capture all the action as a Rachel Daly-inspired Aston Villa pushed the Berkshire side closer to relegation (8/5/23).
Above: High-flying Alisha Lehmann, scorer of Aston Villa’s second goal in action yesterday. Photo: Andy Wicks for Impetus.
Reading 0-5 Aston Villa
Reading’s hopes of avoiding relegation to the Championship received a major setback as Aston Villa ran riot at the SCL Stadium yesterday afternoon.
Rachel Daly scored the first of her three of the afternoon when she had the freedom of Berkshire in the box to direct Kirsty Hanson’s cross into the net. Alisha Lehmann was fed by the Lionesses star to make it 2-0 with three minutes of the half remaining. There was still time for Hanson to make it three shortly afterwards.
Daly grabbed her second 10 minutes into the second period after Kenza Dali provided the pass and completed her hattrick from Maz Pacheco’s through ball to take her WSL tally to 20 in as many games.
Andy Wicks’ exclusive photo gallery from the SCL Stadium for Impetus
Teams: READING (4-4-1-1): Moloney, Eikeland, Caldwell, Mayi Kith, Mukandi, Harries, Vanhaevermaet, Moore, Wellings, Rowe, Troelsgaard. Substitutes used: Woodham (for Mayi Kith 45′), Primmer (for Moore 56′), Wade (for Wellings 56′), Perry (for Vanhaevermaet 67′), Hendrix (for Caldwell 67′).
ASTON VILLA (4-3-3): Hampton, Mayling, Patten, Tuener, Pacheco, Dali, Staniforth, Hanson, Blindkilde, Lehmann, Daly. Substitutes used: Allen (for Blindkilde 58′), Boye-Hlorkah (for Lehmann 58′), Littlejohn (for Staniforth 58′), Magill (for Hanson 75′).
Scorers: Daly 14′, 55′, 63′. Lehmann 41′. Hanson 44′.
Referee: Abigail Byrne.