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U18s draw at WBA

9 November 2013

West Brom U18s 2 - 2 Royals U18s

The Royals Academy were denied a deserved victory as West Bromwich Albion twice came from behind to earn a 2-2 draw.

A header from Rob Dickie and a wonderful team goal, finished off by Harry Cardwell, wasn't enough as David Dodds' men had to settle for a point.

Reading were on top early on, with Liam Kelly releasing Jack Stacey with an excellent through ball, but the winger's effort was just wide.

Icelandic international Sammi Fridjonsson then shot from distance, with Stacey following up the loose ball but having his shot well saved.

But eventually, our pressure was rewarded. The Royals took the lead from a corner, with defender Rob Dickie losing his man and heading home.

And it could and should have been two just moments later. After a dominant move, Tariqe Fosu skilfully flicked the ball on for Fridjonsson, but the versatile midfielder could only strike his effort straight at the goalkeeper.

Dominic Hyam then headed wide from a corner, before the Baggies capitalised on our missed chances to level. Shaun Donnellan rose highest to the ball from a set piece to score past goalkeeper Lewis Ward just before half time.

But after the break, the Royals equalised in emphatic style. Straight from the restart, Reading strung seven passes together to find former Hull striker Harry Cardwell, who flicked the ball into the net quite brilliantly.

But back came the midlanders. After having an effort go wide of the mark, Brad Sweeney got on the end of an attack to bring the Baggies level once again.

The Royals were however presented with an opportunity to seal all three points after Fridjonsson won a penalty, but Cardwell's spot kick was over the ball and the game finished 2-2.

Dodds' men are now sixth in the table but just seven points off top spot with two games in hand on league leaders Fulham - ahead of this Saturday's home game with West Ham United.

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