West Ham women secure first Cup win

  • by Staff Writer
  • Monday, 4th November 2019

West Ham Women's manager Matt Beard says that his team had to "dig deep" in order to secure a vital win at Reading - but felt that they fully deserved the win.

A 75th minute goal by Alisha Lehmann was good enough to earn the Hammers their first FA Women's Continental Cup win of the 2019/20 campaign.

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And a delighted Beard paid tribute to his team for securing a win against the side they narrowly beat in the semi finals of last season's FA Cup to reach a Wembley showdown with Manchester City.

"It was a really good team performance today," the boss told whufc.com. "We had to dig deep at the end. Reading are a direct side that put you under pressure and they are very dangerous at set plays as well, but I felt we dealt with it well.

"We knew we had to win today if we wanted to have the opportunity to progress in this competition and I felt we thoroughly deserved it. Once we settled in, with the changed system today, it worked well for us. It was a tough game and it was a thoroughly deserved win."

The Royals went into the game having won both of their previous outings in the competition, but succumbed to defeat depaite West Ham fielding an understrength side due to injury.

However they never really looked like scoring against a West Ham team that also hit the post in the first half through eventual goalscorer Lehmann.

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"We're really disappointed," said Reading boss Remi Allen. "We've dominated possession throughout and have played in and around their box, we just haven't executed anything so to lose the way we did was very disappointing.

"They were difficult to break down and credit to them for that, but I think a lot of it was down to our lack of quality in the final third. When we watch it back we'll see chances we could have created.

"In terms of performance we dominated the game so there are positives to take - but we need to work on things as well. We know it will come, but we just need to work a little bit harder."

The win leaves West Ham fourth in Group D of the competition.

West Ham Utd: Moorhouse; Baunach, Kvamme, Hendrix, Vetterlein, Longhurst, Hyun, Leon (Kiernan 68), Dali ( Middag 63), Lehmann; Galabadaarachchi (Littlejohn 83).

Subs not used: Brosnan, Kiszkis.

Goals: Lehmann (75)

Booked: Dali (52), Middag (69).

Reading: Laws; Pacheco, Leine, Howard, Rowe, Allen, Moore, James, Eikeland, Williams, Utland (Chaplen 55).

Subs not used: Moloney, Farrow, Honnudottir, Bennink, Skeels.

Booked: (Pacheco 75).

Referee: Ryan Atkins.

Attendance: 877.

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