Manchester City surrendered the lead at home to Reading on Friday evening and stay second behind FAWSL leaders Arsenal, albeit by just goal-difference now.
While the hosts were unable to follow up the 6-0 win at Brighton with another victory, for the Royals it was a good recovery from the heavy defeat to the Gunners.
City’s Georgia Stanway had forced a save from Grace Moloney before finding the net on 33 minutes with a 25-yard strike.
The Royals threatened right at the start of the second half and only a Gemma Bonner block prevented Fara Williams from levelling.
The equaliser did come 5 minutes later though, as half-time substitute Jade Moore celebrated her return from a long-term injury by heading home a Williams’ corner.
Maloney denied Nikita Parris a couple of times, Stanway hit the side-netting and City were further frustrated in their attempts at a winner, when Tessa Wullaert struck the crossbar in stoppage time.
The draw sees Reading go level on points with fifth-placed Bristol City.
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