Middlesbrough U21s 0-3 Reading U21sReading’s U21s made it back-to-back wins with a convincing 3-0 victory over nine-man Middlesbrough at Hartlepool United’s Victoria Park.
Goals from the excellent Tariqe Fosu, and a double from Scottish striker Harry Cardwell earned Martin Kuhl’s side the three points against a Boro team that were reduced to 10 men after just 11 minutes.
The hosts forced the first chance of the game when Bradley Fewster fired an early shot wide, but the Royals soon settled and gained the upper hand.
As Fosu burst through on goal, he was brought down by home right-back Robbie Tinkler, leaving referee Paul Brown with no option but to send him off.
Fosu, a thorn in Boro’s side all evening, then whipped in a cross from the left that Bogdan Vastuk could only nod over the bar.
But Reading eventually did go ahead, and Fosu was the man to break the deadlock. Following a fierce snapshot from Nana Owusu, he was on hand to stroke home the rebound.
Cardwell grabbed his first on the hour mark when, after Rob Dickie’s powerful header rattled the crossbar, he mopped up the loose ball from close range.
And Cardwell was soon well positioned again to net his second goal of the evening – benefitting from some industrious work from Liam Kelly after Fosu had gone close himself.
The lively winger forced Boro goalkeeper Joe Fryer into an excellent save with a shot from range. Possession eventually fell for Kelly, who cut the ball back from Cardwell to stroke home a third.
Things got worse for the hosts when Jonathan Burn was dismissed for a second bookable offence on 85 minutes but the Royals had long since made their dominance count.
Boro: Fryer, Tinkler, Jackson, Burn, Bennett, Maloney, Fewster, Kitching (Chapman 67), McAloon, Brobbel, Mondal (Atkinson 15).
Not used: Pears, Weledji, Morelli.
Reading: Ward, Osho, Owusu, Shaughnessy, Dickie, McLennan, Sheppard (Lawal 85), Kelly, Cardwell, Vastsuk (McIntyre 83), Fosu.
Not used: Akinwumni, Gogic, Collins.