Reading youngsters win 2-0 away on MerseysideReading U21’s came away victorious from Monday's trip up to Merseyside, beating Everton 2-0 in the Barclays U21 Premier League.
The Royals took the lead when Harry Cardwell was found in the box and the striker made no mistake in firing home an early opener to put Reading in control.
As the hosts pushed for an equaliser in the second half, Josh Barrett grabbed a second for the Royals, to wrap up a deserved victory on the road.
It was Everton that created the first opening of the game, when striker Courtney Duffus went close after just three minutes.
Soon after though, it was Reading that made their opportunity count, taking an early lead at the Merseyrail Stadium. Cardwell found himself in space in the centre of the box and coolly slotted home past Everton keeper Mateusz Hewelt.
The goal gave the Royals confidence and a couple of minutes later they nearly doubled their lead through Tariqe Fosu. The Reading forward collected the ball and sprinted through on goal but blazed his effort over the crossbar.
Despite the early onslaught from the Royals, Everton slowly edged themselves back into the game and before long created a chance of their own. Duffus found himself through on goal for the Blues, but Reading goalkeeper Lewis Ward was first to react and was quick off his line to smother the danger.
Half Time: Everton U21s 0-1 Reading U21s
Early in the second period it was Everton that were the side in the ascendancy as the hosts pushed to find an equaliser. Despite the home side having the lion’s share of possession at the beginning of the half, the Royals restricted them to very few chances.
It was not until the 64th minute that Everton created their best chance of the game, when the dangerous Duffus was played through. The striker was denied yet again by Ward in the Reading goal, this time the keeper making a fine save with his legs to keep out the Toffees.
A few moments later Kieran Dowell’s effort from outside the box crashed against the crossbar as the hosts strived to find the breakthrough.
However, the Royals who had defended resiliently, found a second through Barrett. The 17-year-old seized on a loose ball before tapping home from close range to seal the victory for Reading, earning them the much deserved three points.
Full time: Everton U21s 0-2 Reading U21s
Everton U21s: Hewelt, Mattioni, Foulds, Davies, Holgate, Thorniley, Henenn (Dyson), Williams (Charsley), Duffus, Rodriguez (Jones), Dowell.
Substitutes: Gray, Evans.
Reading U21s: Ward, Watson, Griffin, Shaughnessy, Jules, Keown (Rinomhota) , Stacey, Kuhl, Cardwell, Barrett, Fosu.
Unused Substitutes: Husin, Tupper, Owusu, Novakovich.