A young representative Reading side progressed to the Quarter-Final of the Berks & Bucks FA Senior Cup on Tuesday evening with a 2-0 win away at Bracknell Town.
The young Royals had to withstand plenty of pressure from the hosts at Larges Lane, but Shamar Moore’s first-half goal was added to late on by Ben House – and they had a clean sheet to show for it too.
Moore could have opened the scoring even earlier when a seeking cross found him in the area – he took a touch to control but a recovery tackle arrived just in time to deny him a shooting chance.
Myles Roberts, a first-year scholar with our Under-18 side, was tending the net and pulled off a fine save to tip Seb Bowerman’s effort wide of target.
And midway through the first period, the Royals had their noses in front. A corner caused chaos and the loose ball fell kindly for Moore, who was alert to lash in from close range.
Joel Jacobs could have had the hosts on terms before the break but the woodwork came to the rescue. It was a well-struck free-kick from the best part of 25 yards, but it rebounded away off the frame of the goal.
Goalkeeper Roberts was put under plenty of pressure in the second period, with Adam Cornell’s half-time introduction meaning a more direct approach from Town. Joe Grant, Joe Gater and Bowerman were all left frustrated by a series of fine stops by the teenage stopper when it mattered most.
And House was able to kill the game off with a few minutes to go – with Bracknell pushing for the leveller, they were caught out at the back and the Reading forward calmly rounded stopper Mark Scott to stop in.
Roberts produced another stunning stop to push Gater’s bulleted header onto the crossbar, ensuring that the game would end with a clean sheet for Reading.
Into the final eight – they join MK Dons, Flackwell Heath, Hungerford Town, Slough Town, Marlow and Aylesbury United in the next stage, while Holmer Green and Maidenhead United are yet to play their tie.
Full-time: Bracknell Town 0-2 Reading U23
Reading U23: Roberts, Balogun (Pemberton), Green, Odimayo, Burley, Omolabi, Frost (East), Nolan, Wallace, Moore, Nevers (House).