Gozie double seals 3-1 win at QPRQPR 1 (Shariff 7)
Reading 3 (Taylor 51, Ugwu 68, 80)
A brace from Gozie Ugwu secured a 3-1 friendly win over Queens Park Rangers in West London on Tuesday afternoon.
QPR boasted a line up that included the likes of Yun Suk-Young, Samba Diakite and Tal Ben Haim - but a brace from substitute Ugwu settled the win after Jake Taylor cancelled out Rangers' seventh minute opener.
21-year-old full back Craig Goodwin, who has been allowed to train with the Royals by A-League side Newcastle Jets, played a solid 90 minutes down the left flank for a young Reading side at the Hoops' training ground - watched by first team manager Nigel Adkins.
The Royals were slow out of the blocks and were punished early on. Frankie Jay's free kick forced Jon Henly into an excellent fingertips save, before the same player picked out Mo Shariff from a corner to head home.
It was almost two minutes later; Shariff dragged his shot past the post before Tom Hitchcock was denied by a clearance off the line. Shariff's cross clipped the bar shortly before half time and Chris Cummins' side went into the dressing room a goal down.
Reading improved after the break and took control of the friendly. Dominic Samuel shot just wide before the Royals got back on level terms from a corner. Angus MacDonald nodded back to Jake Taylor, who slotted past Radek Cerny from close range.
Rangers almost made an immediate response as they hit the woodwork, but the Royals were generally on top and went ahead mid-way through the half. Gozie Ugwu, on as a substitute, out-muscled his marker and struck home well inside the box.
QPR had to rely on Cerny to produce a number of excellent saves to deny a third Reading goal - which eventually did come with ten minutes left on the clock.
Samuel linked up well with Ugwu, who clipped the ball over a defender and volley into the net from 12 yards for the third. All in all, a productive afternoon for the young players and an encouraging win.
Speaking last week on Craig Goodwin, Nigel Adkins said: "I think he’s done really well in the couple of weeks that I’ve seen him, it’s important that we give him an opportunity in the game. Football now is glowing global, the world has become a smaller place in respects of travel, scouts and players are coming from all around the world."
American goalkeeper Aleksandar Gogic, who is set to sign professional forms at Hogwood Park this summer, was an unused substitute.
Reading: Henly, MacDonald, Sweeney, Partridge, Goodwin, D’Ath, Taylor, Webb, Losasso, Samuel, Obita
Subs: Gogic, Triallist, McLennan, Ugwu
QPR: Cerny, Harriman, Trialist, Ben Haim, Yun, Diakite, Jay, Sutherland, Andrade, Shariff, Hitchcock.
Subs: Trani, Sendles-White, Champion, Ehmer, Hewitt