U21s vs Man City at Madejski Stadium
Reading U21s v Manchester City 21sMadejski Stadium
Saturday 19th April, 3pm
U21s Premier League Cup, Second LegFirst Leg Score: Man City 3-2 Reading
The Royals first team may have been on their travels this weekend, but Madejski Stadium does have some thrilling football on offer!
Our U21s host the second leg of their Premier League Cup Final, with Manchester City the visitors - and Reading looking to overturn a 3-2 deficit from a thoroughly entertaining first leg.
The First Leg
The Royals took a deserved two nil lead at the Etihad Stadium thanks to goals from Gozie Ugwu and Craig Tanner, before Devante Cole pulled one back before the break. The game would change in the second half with the dismissal of Reading centre back Jake Cooper, who handled on the line. Marcos Lopes duly converted from the spot, before Cole bagged a brace late on to give his side the slenderest of advantages heading to Madejski Stadium
Jake Cooper will still be available for the second leg despite his red card - due to a 14 day delay that applies.
Tickets are priced at £3 for adults and £1 for concessions. Fans are urged to pay on the turnstiles - though card payments are available in the ticket office.
East Stand and West Lower stands will be open with all seats unreserved. You can enter the CASH ONLY turnstiles 1 and 4 in the Lower West and 7 and 8 in the East Stand. The gates will open at 2pm on the day.
Parking will be FREE at Madejski Stadium.
Please note that the game could go to extra time and penalties if the aggregate scores over the two legs are level. There is NO away goals rule.
This is the first year of the competition, and Martin Kuhl's team are not content with simply being finalists, they want to become the first ever winners of such a prestigious trophy.
Our Academy teams have done the club proud this season, with our under-18s very cruelly knocked out of the FA Youth Cup earlier this month after reaching the semi-finals for the first team ever. From that team, the likes of Jack Stacey, Aaron Kuhl, and Tariqe Fosu are all set to be involved on Saturday.
Other rising stars in our under 21 squad include Craig Tanner, Aaron Tshibola, Sean Long, Niall Keown and Pierce Sweeney, who have all been on the bench for the first team this season. Striker Gozie Ugwu has also been on the bench for us in the FA Cup, and there is quality right through the squad.
How they got there
Last 32: 2-0 vs Stoke City (A)
Last 16: 2-0 vs West Brom (H)
Quarter-Final: 3-2 vs Newcastle Utd (A)
Semi-Final: 3-2 vs Burnley (H)
Last time out
Our under-21s warmed up for the final with a comprehensive league win at Middlesbrough on Monday night, goals from Liam Kelly, Aaron Tshibola and Gozie Ugwu easing Martin Kuhl's side to another impressive victory.
Royals defender Pierce Sweeney: "Hopefully next Saturday we'll get a decent crowd and put the pressure on Man City."
Man City defender Shay Facey: "If you’re going into a game with any mentality, other than, we’re going to win, I don’t really see the point in playing."