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16 April 2018 Venue Adams Park Attendance

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Reading PL2
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Newcastle United PL2

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Match Previews

Two games to secure play-offs for U23s

Newcastle up next on Monday night

13 April 2018

Only two games remain this season for our Under-23s, with Scott Marshall’s side aiming for a play-off push in the Premier League 2!


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The youngsters currently occupy the final play-off place in Division Two, with Newcastle United their opponents at Adams Park on Monday night.

Marshall’s squad go into their final pair of matches in the knowledge that a win will secure their place in the play-offs, and they’ll need your support to help them over the line!

It's a close race for the play-offs as it stands, with just three points separating the Royals in 5th and Wolves U23s in 9th - with the teams placed 2nd-5th in the table qualifying for the play-offs at the end of the season.

Blackburn are the current runaway leaders in the PL2, with Aston Villa almost mathematically secure for 2nd place as it stands. 

Marshall's side could yet catch Brighton and Hove Albion and Middlesbrough, who both currently sit three points ahead of the Royals.

If you watch the Royals' match against Newcastle on Monday night, you can get the inside track on the Royals of the future – with no less than six of the current squad having made their debuts at first team level this season.

The U23s will certainly be raring to go, with the interrupted schedule meaning this will be their first competitive match for almost a month.

Kick-off is at 7pm in Wycombe on Monday night, and we’ll have you covered with live updates via @ReadingFC on Twitter on the night.

The following week, the U23s will be finishing off the Premier League 2 campaign at home to 11th-placed Stoke City right here in RG2, under the lights at Madejski Stadium. Keep an eye out for updates closer to the time, and don’t forget to back the boys in Wycombe on Monday night!

Pos Club Played GD Pts
1 Blackburn Rovers 20 +25 46
2 Aston Villa 19 +23 39
3 Middlesbrough 21 +16 37
4 Brighton and HA 20 +12 34
5 Reading 20 -5 31
6 Southampton 21 +3 30
7 Fulham 21 +1 29
8 Norwich City 21 -1 29
9 Wolves 21 -6 28
10 Stoke City 20 -9 20
11 Newcastle Utd 19 -21 14
12 West Brom 21 -28 9


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Match Reports

U23s swept aside by Magpies

Promotion-chasing Royals beaten 4-1 at Adams Park

16 April 2018

Reading's U23s were beaten 4-1 by Newcastle United at Adams Park on Monday night, in their penultimate match of the season.

  • Wilson scores first for Newcastle after defensive mix-up for Reading
  • Newcastle add two more goals in four minutes in the second half
  • Tyler Frost replies for the Royals on the hour mark
  • Stefan O'Connor puts the result beyond doubt with Newcastle's fourth

It was a line-up with first team experience for the Royals at Adams Park, with Sam Smith, Joseph Mendes, Tennai Watson, Tom Holmes and Andy Rinomhota all starting on the night.

Tyler Frost had the first good opportunity of the night for the Royals after 10 minutes. Ryan East's corner was half-cleared, with Rinomhota nodding down to Frost who controlled and volleyed on target, with Nathan Harker making a solid save to his left.

However, a defensive mix-up led to the visitors taking the lead. Akinwale Odimayo had to reach backwards to attempt a clearance, which was blocked and Adam Wilson was able to nip in and chip over Liam Driscoll to score.

Reading almost levelled just four minutes after going behind. Mendes did well to get past his man and slide a ball through for Watson on the right. He crossed for Frost who shot first time, but Harker made an improvised stop with his leg.

This was the U23s' first competitive match for almost a month, and that lack of football appeared to show in the first half with a few loose passes, despite the Royals commanding the majority of possession.

Newcastle rarely threatened the Royals' goal after they netted the opener in the first half, but Reading were unable to break through as they pressed for an equaliser.

East lofted a ball over the top and Mendes got in behind the defence, but couldn't set himself properly and his effort went harmlessly wide.

The Royals trailed at the break in a half that offered little in front of goal for either side.

Half time | Reading U23 0-1 Newcastle United U23

Six minutes in the second half were on the clock and the Royals were two behind. A free-kick from the left was whipped in and flicked on to Owen Bailey, who poked in from close range to double the arrears.

Just four minutes later and the visitors had a third. A cross was looped onto the head of Luke Charman, whose high header looked like it was going over the bar, but it dropped in to leave the Royals with a mountain to climb.

However, the Royals soon had their tails up and Frost replied on the hour mark. The midfielder drove on in the attacking third and threaded a fine finish into the bottom corner and give Reading hope.

Hopes of a comeback were to be short-lived, though, with Holmes giving away a free-kick on the far side. It was whipped in and Stefan O'Connor rose highest to nod into the far corner and put the result beyond doubt.

A change of formation followed as England U17 international Jack Nolan was introduced, with Frost played clean through on goal with only the goalkeeper to beat. He opened up his body and shot, but he couldn't direct it on target.

Nolan tried to inject fresh life into the Royals' attack, putting in a dangerous cross from the left but no-one was able to get on the end of it to score a second for the Royals.

Frost had the ball in the net in stoppage time after latching onto Teddy Howe's cross, but the flag went up for offside.

Full time | Reading U23 1-4 Newcastle United U23

Reading U23: Driscoll, Odimayo (Nolan 73), Osho, Holmes, Medford-Smith, East, Watson (Howe 65), Rinomhota, Mendes (Rollinson 60), Frost, Smith.
Subs: Desbois, Coleman.
Goals: Frost 60
Yellow: Odimayo, Holmes, Howe

Newcastle United U23: Harker, Williams, Gillesphey, Bailey, Yarney, O'Connor, Fernandez (Allan 67), Hunter, Charman (El-Mhanni 70), Barlaser (Sangare 83), Wilson.
Subs: Kitchen, Langley.
Goals: Wilson 15, Bailey 51, Charman 55, O'Connor 67
Yellow: Wilson


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