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U18s comeback stuns Spurs

3 March 2014

Three goals in 15 minutes

Reading u18s 3 (Shaughnessy 55, Hyam 67, Lawal 70)
Tottenham u18s 2 (Akindayini 3, Walkes 41)

The Royals' under-18s bounced back from a 2-0 half time deficit to beat Tottenham 3-2 at Hogwood Park earlier today.

Reading fell behind after only three minutes when Kyle Walker-Peters' cross was turned in by Daniel Akindayini at the far post.

Spurs stopper Harry Voss couldn't hold an excellent Liam Kelly free kick soon after but Rob Dickie hooked the loose ball over the bar and his central defensive partner Dominic Hyam came close to pulling one back himself.

But just before the break Spurs scored a second, Anton Walkes lashing high past Lewis Ward and into the top corner from 20 yards out to made it 2-0.

At the start of the second half, Kelly came close with a curling free kick that sailed just over the bar while Akindayini was denied by Ward and Emmanuel Sonupe’s saw an effort cleared off the line by Hyam at the other end.

And the Royals' comeback began when Conor Shaughnessy latched onto Dickie's knockdown from a Kelly corner to pull one back after 55 minutes.

With just over 20 minutes remaining, the hosts were level, Hyam squeezing an effort past the Tottenham keeper after Dickie's aerial presence had caused more problems for Spurs' defence.

And three minutes later David Dodds' men took the lead to complete the comeback, Hammad Lawal scurrying onto Sammi Fridjonsson’s throughball and slotting home to make it 3-2.

Unlike Spurs, the Royals weren't going to relinquish their lead, and Fridjonsson almost added to the scoreline when he curled a late effort against the woodwork.

Such a morale-boosting victory bodes well for an important FA Youth Cup clash coming up against Liverpool at Madejski Stadium in ten days time.

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