Bolton Wanderers U18s 0-2 Reading U18sThe Royals replaced league leaders Bolton Wanderers at the summit of the under-18 Premier League after a 2-0 win away at the Trotters.
Jack Stacey and Liam Kelly scored either side of half time to secure a vital three points which takes their winning sequence to six games.
Needed to win by two goals to overtake the Wanderers at the top, Reading meant business from the start and settled into the game quickly.
Towering defender Jake Cooper nearly got his third goal in as many games, but his fierce header remarkably bounced down and then hit the bar.
But the Royals did take the lead just minutes before half time. After an excellent team move, Stacey struck a half volley into the net to put Reading 1-0 up.
The hosts changed their tactics after the interval, pushing higher up the pitch and threatened, but it was Reading who would be celebrating the second goal of the game.
Bolton's post was rattled just before Kelly fired home from 25 yards out to give the Royals a commanding two goal lead with half an hour to play.
Josh Shama was sent off late on for two bookable offences, but our Academy held on for the win which takes them top of the league.
Royals: Lincoln; Amofah, Long, Hyam, Cooper; Kuhl, Stacey, Kelly, Fosu; Shame, Ikpeazu.
Subs: Shaughnessy, Ward, Oliyide, Owusu, Taylor-Crossdale.
Assistant Academy manager David Dodds was understandably pleased with the display and result, "It was a really good performance. We set a target to try and win the league and get us in the elite group after Christmas.
"It's good for the lads at this age when they start to understand how to win, which is important. It's also really satisfying that we're getting Academy players coming through into the under 21s side and the first team."
Academy boss Eamonn Dolan added, "It was a real 'Reading' performance and epitomised everything that's good about the club."