Aston Villa U18s 2-1 Reading U18sReading’s u18s were narrowly beaten at Aston Villa in the Barclays U18s Premier League on Saturday.
After a goalless opening 65 minutes, Rory Hale put the hosts in front and five minutes later Harry McKirdy doubled their advantage.
Royals replacement Josh Barrett reduced arrears five minutes from time but they were unable to find an equaliser in the closing stages.
Lewis Ward (C), Watson, Lawal, Bennett (Barrett 69), Osho, Ethelston (Jules 75), Sheppard, Husin, Cardwell, Novakovich (Smith 75), Davis. Not used: Collins, Southwood.
Aston Villa: Bannister, R Strain, Hailey, Hale, Coates, Lyons-Foster, Zeidan (Clarke 62), McKirdy (Humphries 75), Hepburn-Murphy (Prosser 81), Lewis, Taylor. Not used: Forth.