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07 April 2018 Venue Reading Training Ground Attendance

Kick off 11:00 (UK)

Reading U18
2 - 1
West Ham United U18

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Match Reports

U18s earn three valuable points against West Ham

Three games unbeaten for young Royals

9 April 2018

Reading's U18s secured their second consecutive victory in the U18 Premier League with a 2-1 win over West Ham United at the weekend.

Match Previews

Ahead of the game | Conquering the Cottage

9 April 2018

Adam Liddle put the young Royals ahead as the half-time whistle was approaching with a deflected finish from Khalid Simmo's cross.

The visitors pegged Reading back level early on in the second half, before Simmo restored the advantage after latching onto Jack Nolan's ball.

Charlie Lawrence also struck the woodwork for the Royals at Hogwood, before Reading had to defend resolutely against the ever-advancing Hammers to seal a well-earned win.


“We’ll prepare for the best of Fulham”

9 April 2018

U18s manager David Dodds offered his thoughts of the performance, after Ryan Williams and Mikele Leigertwood took the team on the day.

Dodds said: "West Ham play a slightly strange formation, which was different to play against. We started the game off quite slowly, they were on top for the first 20 minutes but we defended well.

"We got a foothold after about half an hour, we went ahead probably against the run of play but it settled us down after that - we started to play a bit and get a little bit more possession further up the pitch.

"We had some good situations early in the second half with some good crosses and half-chances, but West Ham equalised to make it one each.

"It was quite an equal game after that, but then a second ball came back from a cross and Khalid Simmo hit the ball down into the ground to score and make it 2-1.

"We defended well when we were under pressure - but that's part of the game. West Ham have been on a run of several wins, scoring against good teams and not conceding - so I'm really pleased with the performance."

The youngsters have just two matches remaining this season, and Dodds hopes to keep the Royals' good run going and finish the campaign on a high.

"Everybody's been aware that we've played very young teams this year, having moved a full team up to the Under-23s. 

"The young lads have had a bit of continuity recently, with a mix of a little bit of experience in there with some really good young players.

"It's been a good balance, they've played together for a couple of games now so that builds some understanding between the group of players on the pitch."

Next up for our U18s is a trip to Aston Villa this Saturday, with kick-off at 12pm.

Reading U18s: J Andresson, Wilson, Philby, Balogun (Brooking 61), Nditi, Buchanan (Faniyan 73), Simmo, Omolabi, Liddle, Lawrence, Nolan.
Subs: Roberts, Moore, Lawless.
Goals: Liddle 36, Simmo 60

West Ham Utd U18s: Anang, Alese, Greenidge (Adarkwa 74), Wells, Belic, Spyrides, Mingi, Watson (Dalipi 80), Rusa, Seurier, Henry (Emmanuel 90+2).
Subs: Jinadu, Wilson-Esbrand.
Goal: Spyrides 53

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