Arsenal equaliser is fans' favourite of 2014/15Garath McCleary’s equaliser against Arsenal at Wembley Stadium has been voted as Reading fans’ favourite goal from the 2014/15 season.
With the Royals trailing to Alexis Sanchez’s first-half opener the winger, who turned 28 last week, volleyed home to draw Steve Clarke’s side deservedly level and send 33,000 fans into a frenzy.
The strike was a historical one, too, as McCleary became the first ever Reading player to score in the semi-final of the FA Cup.
The club had only reached the last-four stage on one other occasion, which came 88 years previous in 1927 when the Royals suffered a 3-0 defeat to Cardiff City at Molineux.
McCleary’s strike fought off competition from Simon Cox, Hal Robson-Kanu, Nathaniel Chalobah, Danny Williams and Jamie Mackie.
Chelsea loanee Chalobah finished in third place for his effort on his home debut against Sheffield Wednesday.
After strong work down the wing from McCleary, the England U21s international arrived right on cue to sweep the former’s low cross into the top corner of the net.
The goal put Reading 2-0 up at Madejski Stadium and the result stayed that way as the Royals secured their first three points of 2015.
In second place was Cox and his eye-catching volley against Rotherham United in November. The Tilehurst-raised striker had already added to Mackie’s opening goal to put Reading two goals up when he flicked up a pass from Oliver Norwood, swivelled and thumped home.
Dominant Reading won the game 3-0, which made it back-to-back 3-0 victories for the club at Madejski Stadium after disposing of struggling Blackpool 10 days earlier.