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Colchester United U23
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Reading PL2

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U23s up for the Cup on Friday!

Colchester test awaits in Premier League Cup opener

4 October 2018

Scott Marshall's Under-23s will be getting their Premier League Cup campaign underway on Friday night.

The Royals were the inaugural winners of the competition when it launched in the 2013-14 season, with Eamonn Dolan leading his squad at the time to victories over Arsenal in the semi-finals and Manchester City over two legs in the final to claim the silverware.

The young Royals also made the final in the 2016-17 campaign, with Swansea City running out as winners at the last hurdle. It's a competition in which our Academy has a history of performing well, and our current crop start this year's trophy away at the Colchester Community Stadium.

The Under-23 teams of Birmingham City and Fulham have also been drawn in the same group as the Royals, with a home and away fixture against each team deciding the standings in the group stages - before the tournament goes into its knockout phase, with the top two teams qualifying after six matches.

This competition represents another chance for our youngsters to develop in a competitive environment within our Academy, alongside their European exploits in the Premier League International Cup and their league action in the PL2.

Marshall's squad have started the season in fine form, losing just once in eight matches in league and cup so far - coupled with solid performances and results in a series of midweek friendlies at our training ground.

We wish our youngsters the best of luck for their first game of the competition, which gets underway at 7pm on Friday evening.


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Match Reports

U23s make winning PL Cup start in Colchester

House, Barrett and Frost on target for Reading

8 October 2018

The Royals’ Under-23 side began their Premier League Cup group stage with a win at Colchester United on Friday evening, triumphing 3-1 in Essex.

Ben House, Josh Barrett and Tyler Frost each found the net for Reading, while the sole reply came from the penalty spot courtesy of Noah Chilvers.

Scott Marshall's side included some fledgling talents from our Under-18 squad, including 16-year-old Oli Pendlebury for a U23 debut, as well as fellow first-year scholar Michael Olise on the bench.

The Royals were dominant from the off, yet breaking the deadlock proved troublesome.  Barrett and Jack Nolan each had good opportunities in the first period, only for Bailey Vose to produce a couple of smart stops.

At the other end, Anssi Jaakkola did what he needed to when Eoin McKeown won a powerful header inside the box – the Finnish stopper reacted well to keep the effort out.

But Reading’s pressure finally told shortly before the break when Ben House grabbed his fifth goal in seven games by whipping an unstoppable effort past the outstretched dive of Vose and high into the net.

The U’s had opportunities to get level after the interval, but Andre Hassanally’s effort was kept out by Jaakkola and Ryan Gondoh forced another stop.

Instead, Reading’s lead was extended in the final quarter of an hour when Barrett struck firmly to beat the goalkeeper, doubling his side’s lead.

Any hopes of a comeback were dashed when Frost netted Reading’s third in the 89th minute, as the hosts failed to clear their lines sufficiently and the ball was squared for the midfielder to tuck in.

The U’s had the last say when they grabbed a consolatory goal in added time; Gondoh was felled in the box by Tom McIntyre, and Chilvers stuck away the resulting penalty.

The three points belonged to Reading, however – a terrific start to Group G for our Under-23s.

Full-time: Colchester United U23 1-3 Reading U23

Colchester United U23: Vose, Akolbire, Kazeem, Cornish, Kensdale, Forino, Gondoh, Chilvers, McKeown, Hasanally, Sims.
Subs: Coulter, Randell, Sayer, Hutchinson, Charles.

Reading U23: Jaakkola, Balogun, Medford-Smith, East, Odimayo, McIntyre, Frost, Pendlebury, House, Nolan, Barrett.
Subs: Burley, Driscoll, Olise, Howe, Liddle.

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