Jade Moore’s 82nd-minute goal gave Reading an unlikely Barclays FA Women’s Super League comeback victory from 2-0 behind against West Ham.

Katharina Baunach’s smash from an indirect free-kick after three minutes set the hosts on their way, while Leanne Kiernan made the Hammers look comfortable with half an hour to play.

However, the visitors never gave up, despite losing Rachel Rowe for a straight red card late in the first half.

Goals from Kristine Leine, Brooke Chaplen and then Moore turned around the deficit to give Reading their third Barclays FA WSL win of the season.

Home fans only had to wait three minutes for the opening goal from an indirect freekick.

French midfielder Kenza Dali laid off the ball for German defender Baunach to smash it into the net for her first Hammers goal.

In the two minutes of first half stoppage time, Reading went down to ten.

Referee Lloyd Wood ruled that Rachel Rowe shoved Cecilie Kvamme high in the chest in front of the dug-outs.

Immediately after the restart, Reading looked to level things up, with Fara Williams hitting the post and Amalie Eikeland’s header going just over the bar for the Royals.

Kiernan eventually doubled the Hammers’ lead shortly after the hour mark when Reading were unable to clear a corner, the Irish forward in the right place to score her second goal in two games.

However, Reading kept fighting. A tap-in from defender Leine was followed a minute later by Chaplen’s strike to put the 10-man Royals on level terms.

In the 82nd minute, Moore forced the ball over the line to score her side’s third goal in seven minutes and complete the most unlikely of turnarounds.

Reading head coach Kelly Chambers said: "The most important thing was coming away with the three points. We came here and wanted to get something out of the game.

"Obviously we didn’t expect to do it the way that we did. The first half was frustrating for us. The sending off made things difficult for us.

"The girls were fantastic about taking on board information at half-time and delivering on the pitch. They got their rewards for that.

"Rachel [Rowe] has pushed a player, West Ham have reacted and said it was in the face. I saw clearly it was in the chest, but at the end of the day you can’t do that.

"Rachel can’t show those frustrations but she’ll be disappointed. With a second-half performance like that, all we can do is build. If we show the desire and fight we showed today with eleven players on the pitch, there’s not many teams that will cope with us."

West Ham goalkeeper Anna Moorhouse said: "Being two nil up and losing three two is always going to be tough to take, but it was our own doing.

"I think the game was in our hands and it’s our fault it ended up without the three points. I think we were still in control of the game after the first goal, but little things that happened on the pitch affected us.

"They scored a second and then a third. We were flying for the first half, they didn’t get anywhere near the goal.

"Defensively it was sound, attacking we were giving them problems. I think we need to look at the defensive side in the last twenty minutes.

"I love games like that but I’d prefer to win them. It’s always harder to lose a game like that and you get a lot more joy out of a win like that."

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