Reading U21s 4-3 Newcastle United U21sReading’s U21s made it 11 goals in two games as they hit four past Newcastle United to return to winning ways in the U21s Premier League.
Having beaten Crawley 7-2 in a behind-closed-doors friendly last week, two goals from Jack Stacey and one each from Pierce Sweeney and Dominic Samuel saw the Royals win 4-3.
Newcastle went in front on five minutes when Tom Heardman dispossessed Reading goalkeeper Jonathan Henly to divert the ball into an empty net.
A brilliant, sweeping team move from the hosts, which started with an elegant switch of the play by Aaron Kuhl, concluded with Jack Stacey curling home a brilliant equaliser to make it 1-1.
And just after the 15-minute mark centre-back Sweeney nodded home Ryan Edwards’ out-swinging corner to turn the game around and make it 2-1 to Martin Kuhl’s men.
A strong run down the left by the Mapgies’ Harris Vuckic ended with his scuffed strike looping off the foot of Sweeney and nestling in the corner on 33 minutes.
It was 2-2 at the break but Stacey’s second of the game restored Reading’s lead. Tariqe Fosu embarked on a mazy run down the right with possession eventually dropping to Stacey, who hammered home at the near post.
The lead did not last, however, as Newcastle’s Adam Armstrong volleyed in from close range, via the underside of the crossbar, following a good burst forward from Alex Gilliead.
But the Royals were not to be denied and with the contest looking likely to end as a draw, Sami Fridjonsson won possession well in midfield eight minutes from time.
He released the ball to Fosu, who played a one-two with Stacey to get himself a sight of goal. Newcastle stopper Freddie Woodman kept his low effort out but Samuel was well positioned to chest the loose ball down, step inside and ram home a late
Reading: Henly, Long, Griffin, Hyam, Sweeney, Stacey, Kuhl, Fridjonsson, Edwards, Samuel, Fosu.
Newcastle: Woodman, Barlaser, Williams, Streete (Bigirimana 46), Good, Laidler, Gilliead, Smith, Vuckic, Armstrong, Heardman.