Reading U21s 3-3 Middlesbrough U21sMartin Kuhl's U21s were pegged back in the dying seconds of stoppage time as Middlesbrough snatched a 3-3 draw at Hogwood Park on Friday afternoon.
The visitors came to Berkshire top of the table having won their last five fixtures - and included experienced Argentine Emmanuel Ledesma in their line up.
Reading handed a start to the returning Aaron Tshibola, who has spent almost two months on the sidelines with an ankle injury.
The Royals took the lead thanks to an impressive free-kick from full back Shane Griffin, only for an immediate Boro' response as Ledesma volleyed home a Luke Williams cross.
Dominic Samuel volleyed wide before the break, but the home side would regain the lead after the interval as Tariqe Fosu headed home after good work by Nana Owusu.
Samuel then got in on the act as he kept his cool to round the opposition 'keeper and fire home past a crowd of bodies on the line.
Pierce Sweeney saw a goal disallowed before Callum Cooke reduced the arrears with a superb volley - leaving the real drama to come in stoppage time.
Middlesbrough were down to ten men, having made all their substitutes before McAloon was stretchered off with an ankle injury - and must have feared the worse as Fosu scampered through on goal for Reading with only a minute of added time left on the clock.
However the sprightly winger was denied brilliantly by the goalkeeper - and seconds later the away side broke down the other end, leaving Dael Fry to convert and steal his side a point.
A tough lesson for our youngsters.
Reading: Lincoln, Dickie, Griffin, Hyam, Keown, Sweeney, Tshibola (Shaugnessey 60), Kelly, Fosu, Owusu, Samuel (Novakovich 76)
Subs not used: Ward, McLennan, Fridjonsson