Reading U18s 3-1 Fulham U18sHarry Cardwell’s first-half double and a brilliant strike from Noor Husin earned Reading’s U18s a more-than-deserved victory over Fulham at Hogwood on Saturday morning.
In a dominant display from first whistle to last, Cardwell put the young Royals in control before Husin powered in a sweet shot on the hour mark.
Fulham were awarded a penalty 10 minutes from time but visiting forward Josh Walker blazed the resulting spot-kick over the crossbar.
They grabbed a consolation as the clock struck 90 through Ryan Sessegnon, who bundled in at the far post. Reading, though, were not to be denied as they recorded their third win in four games.
Scottish international Cardwell broke the deadlock after just six minutes when he collected possession on the edge of the penalty area and slotted across Whites stopper Magnus Norman and into the corner.
It was 2-0 after 32 minutes and it was Cardwell again. After Hammed Lawal had made a driving run down the left, Cardwell’s touch took him away from the Fulham centre-backs, which allowed him stab home left footed.
Husin made it three with the game’s best goal after the break. After his corner had been partially cleared, the midfielder recycled possession out to the right hand side.
The ball eventually dropped at the feet of Cardwell, who unselfishly teed up Husin and he jinked beyond his marker before dispatching a low drive into the corner of the net.
Zac Jules conceded a penalty 10 minutes from time with an untimely trip and, although goalkeeper Lewis Ward dived the correct way from the spot-kick, it did not matter as it sailed over the crossbar.
The visitors did pull one back through Sessegnon in stoppage time when he turned home a loose ball from a corner, but the Royals were full value for the three points.
Reading: Ward (c), Watson (Andresson 70), Lawal, Collinn, Bennett, Jules, Smith, Husin, Cardwell (Williams 76), Richards (Barrett 53), Davis.
Fulham: Norman, Fossey, Edun (Sessegnon 55), Elworthy, Opoku, Smile (c), Nabay, Adeniran, Buffonge (De La Torre 55), Humphrys, Walker.