Reading 0 Doncaster Rovers Belles 1: Belles break their duck in final game

Doncaster Rovers Belles ended their FA Women's Super League 1 season with their first win of the campaign beating Reading 1-0.

Sunday, 6th November 2016, 7:28 pm
Updated Wednesday, 16th November 2016, 4:03 pm
Belles boss Emma Coates

Katrin Omarsdittor’s strike saw the already relegated Belles earn three points at Adams Park in a performance built on a solid defence.

The victory was boss Emma Coates’ first in charge of Doncaster and meant the club avoided the embarrassment of being relegated with no points to their name.

Reading controlled the early exchanges and Emma Follis should have given them the lead but fired her shot wide.

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Belles’ defenders Rhiannon Roberts and Leandra Little found themselves doing a lot of work, a job they did well, while Sophie Barker also broke many moves up.

The visitors nearly took the lead just before the break when Emily Simpkins rifled a shot from 25 yards, forcing a fine save from ex-Belles goalkeeper Mary Earps.

Reading increased the pace after the break, but Doncaster soaked it up and Christie Murray shot wide when they did finally get a chance.

Momentum had turned and after another good save by Earps, the Belles went ahead.

A free kick from the halfway line from Roberts was nodded into Omarsdittor’s path and the Icelandic international finished the chance off, sparking jubilant celebrations.

It was nearly made 2-0 moments later when Murray got a header on target only for Earps to make another brilliant save.

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