Royals youngsters win emphatically in StevenageA brace from Rowan Liburd helped our young Royals to a 4-1 away win against Tottenham Hotspur, and maintained the Royals’ position at the top of the Under-21 Premier League Division 1.
An own-goal by Spurs stopper Thomas Glover and a penalty from Tariqe Fosu completed the scoring for Reading, while Spurs sub Anton Walkes offered the sole reply at Broadhall Way.
With Sunderland’s Under-21s being held to a draw by Everton at Goodison Park on the same evening, Reading’s lead at the top of the division was also extended as the undefeated streak continued.
The deadlock was broken with the game just eight minutes old – and there was a touch of good fortune about the way the goal went in. Summer arrival Lisandro Semedo drove a low strike at goal but as Spurs defender Christian Maghoma tried to clear with a sliding challenge, he unwittingly diverted the ball against goalkeeper Glover and into the net.
Fosu struck a free-kick just wide, and Andrija Novakovich was denied a goalscoring chance with a late block. But the American forward instead turned provider, as he centred for Liburd to head in his fourth goal in as many games since his arrival this summer.
Two became three before the hour-mark – Fosu was felled in the area by Kyle Walker-Peters to win a penalty, and he picked himself up to send Glover the wrong way from 12 yards and further extend the lead.
Spurs quickly cut the arrears as Shayon Harrison’s effort was blocked, only for Walkes to follow in to finish. And then goalkeeper Stuart Moore had to be alert to deny Harrison again soon after as the hosts threated a recovery.
Instead it was Royals winger Semedo that harried when a ball was played over the top and forced the ball to break for Liburd, who rounded off the scoring with his second as he produced a fine placed finish with 20 minutes to spare. Spurs were rarely allowed to threaten again as the Royals’ defence held firm for a 4-1 win, and our third victory on the spin in the Barclays Under-21 Premier League.
Reading U21: Moore, Long, Griffin, Fridjonsson, Hyam, Sweeney, Semedo (Husin 71), Kelly, Liburd (Rinomhota 78), Novakovich, Fosu.
Unused subs: Jules, Owusu, Ward.