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05 April 2019 Venue Craven Cottage Attendance

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U23s guarantee play-off place with victory

Consummate display sees youngsters beat Fulham 3-0

8 April 2019

Reading's Under-23s secured their place in the Premier League 2, Division 2 play-offs with two games to spare, after seeing off Fulham with a 3-0 victory at Craven Cottage on Friday night.

While Scott Marshall and his side are still only two points off the top of the table, they guaranteed themselves a chance of promotion in post-season with a dominant performance against the Whites.

Sam Baldock, making his long-awaited return from injury, put the Royals in front after just three minutes. Michael Olise was brought down in the area by goalkeeper, Luca Ashby-Hammond, with the senior striker confidently powering in the resulting penalty to give Reading an early advantage.

Goalkeeper, Anssi Jaakkola also played his first minutes since January, having been sidelined with injury himself over the past two months.

Ben House doubled Reading's lead while still in the early stages of the first half, latching onto a pass from Teddy Howe to finish after the full-back caused Fulham problems by powering forward on the right.

Baldock made it through an hour on his return to action, with Tyler Frost coming on in his place and rounding off an impressive victory by slotting past Ashby-Hammond in a one-on-one to make sure of all three points on the night.

The young Royals have just two matches remaining in the regular PL2 campaign, with Aston Villa visiting Adams Park on Friday 12th April, 7pm kick-off.

Full time | Fulham U23 0-3 Reading U23

Fulham U23: Ashby-Hammond, Jenz, Mawson (Fossey HT), Opuku, Drameh, Francois, Edun, Kebano, O'Riley, Harris (De La Torre HT), Kait (Santos-Clase 82).
Subs: Stahl, McAcoy.

Reading U23: Jaakkola, Howe, Osho (c), McIntyre, Holmes, Medford-Smith, Coleman (Liddle 74), Holsgrove, Olise, Baldock (Frost 60), House (Rollinson 74).
Subs: Andrésson, Odimayo.
Goals: Baldock (3, PEN), House (17), Frost (90).

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