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Husin stars as U18s beat Spurs at Hogwood

17 February 2015

Reading U18s 3-1 Tottenham Hotspur U18s

An influential display from midfielder Noor Husin saw the U18s beat Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 at Hogwood Park on Saturday morning.

The cultured engine roomer struck two goals, one either side of half time, as David Dodds’ side made it seven wins from their last 10 games.

Andrija Novakovich was also on target, opening the scoring on 13 minutes, with Spurs grabbing a consolation through Lloyd Ross after the break.

Only 15 seconds had elapsed when Husin threaded Harry Cardwell through on goal but visiting stopper Tom Glover was quickly off his line to foil the Scottish forward.

Husin was again involved 12 minutes later and this time the young Royals nudged ahead. He fed Novakovich from a corner, with the striker powering into the net.

And two minutes later they doubled their advantage. Jake Sheppard’s cross struck the hand of Chris Paul inside the penalty area and Husin tucked away the resulting spot kick.

Cardwell and Novakovich both then saw efforts cleared off the line in quick succession as the Royals aimed to press home their dominance.  

Lewis Collins was denied by the offside flag before the break after he swept home Cardwell’s inviting centre and Novakovich had a header well save just before the break.

But, four minutes into the second period, the Royals deservedly notched their third of the morning. Husin whipped in a corner and it did not require any touch as it flew beyond everyone and into the corner.

Spurs responded on 54 minutes through Ross, who turned in from Shayon Harrison’s high cross.

The North London side continued to probe for the remainder of the second period but Reading held firm to continue their impressive form in the U18s Premier League. 

Reading: Ward, Akinwumni, Bennett (Richards 61), Osho, Jules (McIntyre 5), Sheppard, Collins, Husin, Davis, Cardwell, Novakovich. Not used: Collings, Smith, East.

Spurs: Glover, Paul, Muscatt, Amos, Maghoma, Walkes, Ross, Stylianides (Hayford 58), Loft, Azzaoui (Marsh 46), Harrison (Daly 58). Not used: Austin, Owens.


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