Brooke Chaplen scored Sunderland's equaliser against Bristol Academy. Picture credit: Susan Gutteridge

Brooke Chaplen wrapped up the victory for Sunderland as she added a third in stoppage time. Picture credit: Susan Gutteridge

Sunderland Ladies are only one game from a trip to Wembley after a 3-0 victory over Reading FC Women sent them through to the FA Women’s Cup semi-final.

Beth Mead opened the scoring for the Lady Black Cats, with Victoria Williams adding a second just before the break.

A late strike from Brooke Chaplen wrapped up the victory which sees Sunderland through to the semi-final and just one victory away from Wembley.

Having drawn 1-1 with the Royals in the FA WSL only a week ago, Carlton Fairweather kept faith with the same side for this cup tie.

It was the visitors who began brightest, with Sunderland stopper Rachel Laws doing well to tip over Helen Ward’s overhead kick after only four minutes, before the Royals were dealt a blow when playmaker Kayleigh Hines was forced to withdraw through injury.

This seemed to cause Reading to stagnate, and Sunderland took full advantage as they took the game to Reading, with Mary Earps doing well to deny Mead after she burst through one-on-one.

But the striker was not to be denied again, with Lucy Staniforth sweeping a cross-field ball to Krystle Johnston before the winger crossed for Mead who had the simplest of tap-ins.

The lead was doubled only five minutes later with Staniforth playing provider again; this time her free kick was met at the near post by Williams who prodded home her first goal for the club from close range.

Reading came out rejuvenated after the break, with Molly Bartrip firing wide from 30 yards before Nia Jones failed to connect with a teasing ball across the face of goal.

Chances continued to flow, with skipper Steph Bannon heading off the line from a corner before Laws saved well again from Ward in the final ten minutes.

Any thin hopes of a Reading comeback were put to bed in the third minute of injury time, when Chaplen raced on to Mead’s through ball and slotted home for a third.

Victory sees Sunderland through to the semi-finals of the competition, where they will meet Manchester City, Chelsea or Arsenal.

Sunderland: Laws, Sjoman, Bannon, Williams, Holmes, Chaplen, Furness, Staniforth (McDougall), Joice (Ramshaw), Johnston (Roche), Mead

Subs Not Used: Olsen, Potts

Attendance: 407