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U18s: Youngsters complete emphatic turnaround in Liverpool

21 March 2016

Royals come from behind to win 4-1

Reading’s Under-18 side showed plenty of character to come from a goal down to win 4-1 against Liverpool on Saturday, bringing three points back to Berkshire from their trip to Merseyside.

The Royals had been edged out by 1-0 scorelines by Everton and Man City on each of the previous two weekends, meaning that David Dodds’ youngsters were yet to register a point from their two games since qualifying for the top tier of the final stage of the Barclays Under-18 Premier League.

And it looked like it could be a long afternoon at the Kirkby Academy when the Reds found the lead as early as the second minute; Yan Dhanda collected a well-placed pass from Ovie Ejaria before firing past Luke Southwood for an early lead.

But that was as good as it got for the hosts, and a resurgent Reading side turned the game on its head after the break.

Sam Smith grabbed an equaliser shortly after the interval – Teddy Howe worked room to cross on the right flank and delivered an inch-perfect delivery for the Mancunian striker to level the scores.

And five minutes later, the turnaround was complete as Tyler Frost put Reading ahead; after seeing a right-footed shot blocked, the midfielder followed in quickly with his left to lash beyond goalkeeper Shamal George to see Reading edge ahead for the first time.

That margin grew to two goals shortly after the 70-minute mark – the referee pointed to the spot when George brought Frost down in the box, allowing Smith to hit home his second and Reading’s third.  The goalkeeper guessed the right way, but the forward’s left-footed drive from 12 yards was too precise.

Just two minutes later, Conor Davis put the game beyond any doubt; the wide-man intercepted a loose pass and only needed one more touch to curl around the goalkeeper, securing all three points for Reading.

For more information on our Academy, click here.  You can also take a look at our Under-18 side’s fixtures and results by clicking here.

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