CDR Quarteirense 1
A superb Ian Harte free kick was not enough as Reading drew 1-1 in a friendly with CDR Quarteirense on the Algarve on Saturday evening.
Harte's effort was a superb strike that would have given no chance to any goalkeeper. But overall it was a fairly low-key game in the European heat although Brian McDermott will have been happy to give his team a run-out to step up pre-season preparations.
Although Jason Roberts hit the post early on, the second half was the brighter of the two periods, with Noel Hunt having an effort cleared off the line and both Jobi McAnuff and Garath McCleary going close.
And then Quarteirense scored with a nice chipped finish to level matters late on. There was a suspicion of offside but based on their effort it was not more than the home side deserved.
First half: Andersen; Cummings, Shorey, Mariappa, Pearce; Guthrie, Leigertwood (c), Kebe (Obita 17), Robson-Kanu; Antonio, Roberts
Second half: Andersen; Gunnarsson, Harte, Gorkss, Morrison; McAnuff (c), Tabb; McCleary, Obita; Hunt, Le Fondre
The first half never really hit a high tempo, and credit to the home side for working hard and limiting the Royals.
Jason Roberts hit the post with a flicked effort inside the first 15 minutes or so, almost profiting from Michail Antonio's low cross.
Jimmy Kebe then came off with what looked like a tight hamstring, just moments after supplying Hal Robson-Kanu with a headed chance that the 'keeper tipped theatrically over the bar. Jordan Obita came on in Jimmy's place.
CDR were working hard and a low effort from 25 yards had Mikkel Andersen on the move but it went a few feet wide. Reading never really got their first half passing going, and there were no more chances of note before the half time whistle.
But the second period began much more positively. A rough challenge on Noel Hunt - one of a few meaty tackles on the night - was punished and Ian Harte curled home a wonderful free kick of the highest order.
Having seen Harte practice free kicks all morning after training, it was no surprise that he leathered it home so well. Even though it was on the goalkeeper's side of the net, he stood no chance whatsover.
And Reading were much more lively now, Hunt seeing one cleared off the line before CDR had to hack clear again from one of their own players. Garath McCleary and Jobi McAnuff were next to come close, first when an effort went just wide then when a defender got a good block in.
But Reading were pegged back, despite a look of offside, when the striker ran through and produced a lovely finish over the 'keeper for 1-1.
And so that concluded the evening's work - a decent first run-out for the Royals on this Portuguese tour.