West Bromwich Albion U21s 5-0 Reading U21sJem Karacan made his comeback from injury after 16 months out as the U21s suffered a disappointing defeat against West Bromwich Albion.
A first-half hat-trick from Kemar Roofe, and goals from brothers Adil and and Samir Nabi did the damage to condemn Martin Kuhl’s men to their first defeat in five games.
Karacan started in the middle of midfield alongside U21s skipper Aaron Kuhl and Liam Kelly. The game started badly, though, and Samir Nabi poked home after 10 minutes, following a decent stop from Dan Lincoln to deny Alex Jones.
They doubled the advantage after 19minutes when Roofe drilled into the net from 18 yards, and the wideman added his second soon afterwards; stealing a march at the back post to volley home.
The 21-year-old completed his treble by converting from six yards eight minutes before the break. Two Reading changes saw Sean Long and the returning Karacan replaced by Pierce Sweeney and Harry Cardwell at the interval, with the latter almost making an instant impact.
The powerful striker wrestled off the attention of his marker before shooting narrowly wide shortly after the break. Tariqe Fosu then led a swift counter attack down the left-hand side and was denied by a smart stop from Luke Daniels, with the stopper also keeping out Craig Tanner’s follow up.
But the Royals were caught out again just before the end when Adil Nabi curled a brilliant shot beyond Lincoln to complete the scoring.
West Brom: Daniels, Gamboa (Smart 62), Atkinson, Cleet, Garmston, Pace, Samir Nabi (O’Sullivan 70), Adil Nabi, Roofe, Jones (Roberts 56), Blanco.
Not used: Palmer, Leko.
Reading: Lincoln, Long (Sweeney 46), Keown, Cooper, Griffin, Stacey, Karacan (Cardwell 46), Kelly (Edwards 63), Kuhl, Fosu, Tanner.
Not used: Ward, Shaughnessy