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2-0
06 July 2019 Venue Hogwood Park Attendance

Kick off 12:00 (UK)

Reading
2 - 0
Southend United

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Report | Royals ease past Southend in friendly

Olise and Barrow on target in 2-0 win at Hogwood

6 July 2019

Goals from Michael Olise and Mo Barrow ensured Reading won their first match of pre-season, running out as 2-0 winners against League One side, Southend United.

A young Reading side took to the field at Hogwood against established Football League opposition - and didn't look out of place as they controlled the play early on.

Olise was the recipient of a loose ball on the edge of the area early on, rifling a 25-yard right-footed effort narrowly wide.

Tyler Frost showed fleet footwork on the left flank, to bear down on the Southend box. Runners were waiting in the area, Frost managed to cut back but Sam Smith couldn't apply the crucial touch ,getting the ball out from behind his ideal line.

But the breakthrough came on the half-hour mark. Andrija Novakovich was full of running as he burst through into the area, dancing past two Southend players in the process.

He then laid off for Olise to stroke home from six yards and give a young Royals side a deserved lead at Hogwood.

Novakovich, fresh from two years away from the club on loan in the Netherlands, looked a lively presence going forward as he cut back and forth between his marker, lashing a low strike half-a-yard wide - with the goalkeeper at full stretch.

It was a commanding performance overall from a tight Reading defence, with the new side taking to the pitch a goal to the good at Hogwood.

First half XI: Andresson, Watson (c), Osho, Holmes, Richards, Trialist, Holsgrove (East 31), Frost, Olise, Novakovich, Smith.

Half time | Reading 1-0 Southend United

A more senior squad took to the pitch for the second half, and an immediate impact was almost made from the off.

A free-kick from just outside the area was eyed up by Josh Barrett, who bent over the wall but rattled the crtossbar.

Shortly afterwards, Reading's lead was doubled. Andy Rinomhota won possession high in the attacking third, powering into the box and squaring to Barrow in plenty of space - who took a touch and slotted past the goalkeeper at his near post.

The Royals kept up their intensity as they searched for a third, with Josh Barrett going close once more as a low effort was saved by the goalkeeper's foot.

Tom McIntyre, partnering Liam Moore in the heart of the Reading defence, rose highest at a corner midway through the second half. His near-post header was close, but not on target as it skimmed the roof of the net.

The Shrimpers rarely threatened at Reading's training ground, and Yakou Méïté looked to join in the action by running at full pelt on the right, past two defenders but he couldn't keep his shot down - with the ball sailing over the bar.

It was a professional performance from two markedly different Reading sides, getting vital match minutes into their legs for the first friendly of pre-season.

On Sunday, the squad will fly out to Estepona for their two-week pre-season training camp in Spain.

Second half XI: Walker, Howe, Moore (c), McIntyre, Blackett, Rinomhota, East (Swift 70), Barrett, Barrow, Méïté, Loader.

Full time | Reading 2-0 Southend United
Goals: Olise 29, Barrow 51

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