A particularly young Reading Under-18 side were defeated 2-0 on their trip to Swansea City on Saturday.
With a number of eligible players instead in preparations for Tuesday evening’s FA Youth Cup tie in Charlton, the fixture offered a chance for some boys from younger age groups and Academy trialists a chance to show themselves in action.
There were a number of impressive displays amongst the Royal ranks, although the Swans were 2-0 victors thanks to goals by Shaquille Wynter-Coles and Mason Jones-Thomas.
Wynter-Coles was felled in the area to earn his team a penalty, which he turned in at the second attempt after James Hillson saved the initial effort, and Kees de Boer’s corner was turned in by Jones-Thomas after the break.
U18 manager David Dodds said: “It was a really good opportunity for some of the younger boys – some of the first-years were able to play and they did really well, as did some of the lads from younger age groups. It was also an opportunity to have a look at a couple of trialists too.
“It was a really good learning experience for a lot of them about what’s required at that level.
“For a lot of the boys it was about trying to take the opportunity to perform on that stage and they did well.”
Full-time: Swansea City U18 2-0 Reading U18
Swansea City U18: Lang, Lewis, Jones, Price (Williams 52), Evans, Cooper, Hazell, De Boer, Wynter-Coles (Fox 65), Cooper, Jones-Thomas.
Unused subs: Reed, Roberts, Walsh.
Reading U18: Hillson, Pemberton, Obamakinwa, Philby (Sparta 58), Kaca, Omolabi, Saydee (Okuboyejo 75), McBeam, Stevens, Wallace (Olise 58), Hanson.
Unused subs: Roberts, Sole.