Woodham is booked for that robust challenge. Zelem curls it in but this one is underhit and nodded clear. A rare poor delivery from the United captain. 64 min: United bring off the impressive Garcia for Adrian Leon, the Canadian who owns an Olympic gold. 62 min: So far so good for Reading in this second half.
79 min: It must have been a typically galvanising half-time team talk from Kelly Chambers as Reading have done everything asked of them in terms of tracking players and closing down. 77 min: Another Lioness enters the fray as summer signing Nikita Parris comes on for her United debut. 76 min: Thomas picks up possession down the left and wins her side a corner.
48 min: So close to a United fifth. Toone slips in Galton, whose shot is blocked by the goalkeeper. The ball balloons up into the path of Russo who can’t turn it in. 46 min: Spanish duo Batlle and Garcia again combine beautifully down the right. That’s something to watch this season. This time a cross from Batlle is cleared. 46 min: United are back out about three minutes before Reading finally emerge. Toone is over the ball and the hosts get the second 45 in play. No changes by either side at the break.