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U18s downed by Spurs

5 February 2014

2-0 defeat at title challengers

An inexperienced Royals Academy side were beaten 2-0 away at high-flying Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday afternoon amid inclement weather conditions.

Josh Onomah picked out Nathan Odowa with a cross-shot and the attacking winger smashed the ball home to give the hosts the lead after 11 minutes.

Reading striker Harry Cardwell almost pulled the Royals back level soon after, but his effort came back off the post before two players on either side nastily collided in a desperate attempt to win the ball - Spurs defender Kane Vincent-Young suffered concussion and needed to be substituted.

Shortly before half time, Tottenham doubled their lead. Williams Miller played in Shayon Harrison behind the Reading defence, and the left-footed strike calmly chipped over Royals goalkeeper Lewis Ward.

The visitors improved after the break, creating a number of chances with Conor Shaughnessy's free-kick just wide the pick of the bunch, while Spurs missed an open goal late on.

Title challengers Tottenham defended well to secure the win, while our youngsters will pick themselves up ahead of this Saturday's home league fixture against West Bromwich Albion behind closed doors.

Royals: Ward; Shepherd, Owusu, Dickie, Jules; Ofori, Lawal, Shaughnessy, Husin; Vastsuk, Cardwell.

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