Samuel penalty seals winReading's under-21s secured a 1-0 victory over Fulham in a pre-season friendly at Hogwood Park on Friday afternoon.
A converted penalty from striker Dom Samuel was enough for the Royals to seal victory against the Cottagers, who fielded a number of players who were involved in their U18s run to the FA Youth Cup final last season.
Similarly, the Royals included six players who were part of our Academy's run to the semi-final, where they were knocked out by Fulham.
It was a lively, end-to-end start to the game at a humid Hogwood Park, with both sides threatening to create dangerous chances but failing to really trouble either goalkeepers.
Martin Kuhl's men came closest when Sammi Fridjonsson skipped inside the box, but his effort cannoned agonisingly off the woodwork.
But moments later the Royals had another opportunity to take the lead. Winger Nana Owusu did well to fool the defender with a quick turn and earn a penalty. Owusu stepped up to take the spot-kick, but saw his effort well saved by the goalkeeper just before half time.
The high tempo of the game continued after the break, and the Cottagers almost took the lead early on but squandered a good opportunity.
Reading clinched the only goal of the game midway through the second half. Samuel (above) cut inside and was tripped by his marker, and then coolly stepped up and scored the penalty.
Fulham had a fantastic chance with the final kick of the game with an unmarked header at the back post, but shot-stopper Mikkel Andersen made himself big to preserve the clean sheet and victory.
Royals: Andersen, Dickie, Cooper, Hyam, Griffin (McLennan 65), Fridjonsson (Vastsuk 45), Shaughnessy (Husin 65), L.Kelly, Owusu, Fosu, Samuel.