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03 October 2017 Venue Roots Hall Attendance

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Royals back in Checkatrade Trophy action on Tuesday

Young Reading side to head to Southend United

2 October 2017

The Royals' U21s continue their campaign in the Checkatrade Trophy on Tuesday night against League One side, Southend United.

The Seasiders, who narrowly missed out on the League One play-offs last season, have won their last three matches in the league and will go into Tuesday night hoping to get off the mark in Southern Group B.

Phil Brown's side lost their first group stage game against Gillingham back in August, but the youthful Royals squad hope to further their chances of qualification from the group with victory.

Scott Marshall will be leading his young squad for the first time in the competition, having made a bright start as manager following his appointment last month.

A 2-2 draw at Colchester United for our U21s in their first match was followed by a 6-5 defeat in the subsequent penalty shootout, which gave the U's a bonus point in the group.

Sammie Szmodics opened the scoring for the U's on the night, before Josh Barrett and Ben House each netted in turn to put Reading ahead. A late goal by Eoin McKeown meant that the teams would take an initial point each, but Colchester took the bonus point on penalties.

However, the Royals still have ample opportunity to qualify from the group and three points at Roots Hall could send them top of the standings ahead of their final tie against Gillingham in November.

Tickets are available on the gate at Roots Hall for just £5 for Adults, £4 for Concessions and £1 for U16s, but please note that any ticket sales on the night are cash only in Southend.


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Match Reports

Young Royals shut out by Southend

Solitary goal separates U21s and League One opposition

3 October 2017

Reading's Under-21s slipped to a narrow defeat at the hands of Southend United in the Checkatrade Trophy on Tuesday night.

Southend United 1-0 Reading U21s

Theo Robinson's goal on the half-hour mark was the only separation between the sides on the night, with 10 Academy players making up the starting line-up for the Royals.

Despite a couple of penalty appeals and several solid efforts on goal for Scott Marshall's side, they left Roots Hall empty handed on the night.

Phil Brown's side only just missed out on the play-offs in League One last season, with a host of senior players on show and former Royal, Simon Cox, among the substitutes.

The Royals, meanwhile, were without Axel Andresson and Danny Loader, who are both away on international duty.

Despite the average age disadvantage, the Royals put their stamp on proceedings early on at Roots Hall, dominating possession in the opening exchanges.

The hosts posed an attacking threat, though, with quick-fire efforts from Dru Yearwood and Elvis Bwomono forcing George Legg into action, dealing with the danger comfortably.

Pelle Clement, gaining some valuable minutes in this encounter, then broke up the other end and threaded through for Sam Smith, who beat goalkeeper Mark Oxley to the ball, but the keeper smothered well to save.

The Blues got the breakthrough after the half-hour after Jermaine McGlashan broke on the right, sprinting 30 yards before crossing for Theo Robinson, who duly tapped in to give the League One side the lead.

The young Royals did not get their heads down, however, still pressing forward at every opportunity. They had appeals for a penalty waved away when Andy Rinomhota appeared impeded by two Southend defender, with no wrongdoing adjudged by the referee.

Scott Marshall had captain Gabriel Osho to thank for keeping the deficit to just one before the break, with the centre-back throwing everything to block Robinson's point-blanc shot that would have been a certain second.

The Royals came out in the second period with a higher tempo, bursting forward and cutting back for Smith, whose left-footed effort was always rising and flew over the bar.

Jake Sheppard did well to cut in from the right while under close marking by Stephen Hendrie, getting a shot off and forcing Oxley into a stretching save to his right.

There were also shouts for handball as Josh Barrett's effort struck a floored Blues defender, with the substitute also hitting the rebound that Oxley palmed away across goal for a corner.

The Royals should have had the equaliser when a corner was floated to the back post, driven back across and Barrett stabbed his effort just wide of the post from close range.

Reading U21s: Legg, Medford-Smith, Osho (C), Burley, Holmes, House (Barrett 67), East, Rinomhota (Frost 56), Sheppard, Clement, Smith.
Subs unused: Rosario, Howe, Rollinson, Shokunbi, Green.

Southend United: Oxley, Hendrie, Fortune, Yearwood, McGlashan (McLaughlin 90+1), Bridge (Cotton 73), Klass, Kyprianou, Robinson (Ba 67), Bwomono, White (C).
Subs unused: Bishop, Timlin, Cox, Matsuzaka.

Goals: Robinson 31

Referee: Andy Haines

Attendance: 1148 (40 from Reading)

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