Two sizzling strikes from Liam Kelly settled this First Round Carabao Cup tie at Madejski Stadium - as the Royals knocked League One Gillingham out of the competition at the first hurdle with two second half goals.
- Three debuts handed to Academy trio Rinomhota, Smith and Andresson.
- Kelly sweeps a superb first time right-footed effort flailing Holy for 1-0
- Kelly adds a second with a sweetly struck thunderbolt late on.
Scott Wagstaff took a tumble inside the Royals box under pressure from Gunter as he scurried onto a threaded ball between defenders. But the referee rightly awarded nothing despite a half-hearted appeal for a penalty.
Midway through the half, Reading got a glimpse of goal and it almost broke the deadlock. Barrett received the ball in midfield and had the time and space to turn and feed Andy Rinomhota. The debutant drove forward and drilled low towards the bottom left corner, but just wide from distance.
Jaakkola calmly plucked a tame Tom Eaves header out of the night sky before Chris Gunter powered into a shooting position at the other end only to see his effort deflect wide for a corner.
With half an hour played, Kelly crossed from the right and Moore went down in the middle as the East Stand appealed for a penalty. Smith looped a header goalwards but it was too high to force Tomas Holy into a stop.
Darren Oldaker send a skidding 25 yards free kick harmlessly wide of the left upright. At the other end Smith produced a deft touch to control a fiercely delivered cross from Gunter, but he couldn't get the ball out from under his feet to get a shot in.
Barrett arrowed speculatively wide from long range and, as a goalless first half drew to a close, Moore burst out from the back and rifled a low right-footed shot towards goal that was blocked en route.
Half time: Reading 0-0 Gillingham
Josh Parker caused Pelle Clement some concern as he squirmed into the Reading area from the left and stabbed a low cross into the middle which Jaakkola did well to smother.
Jaakkola produced a superb reaction save to deny Eaves who powerfully struck an effort at goal from 15 yards out - the Finn flying to his left to push the ball wide.
Then Kelly responded with a surging run down the middle which ended in a shot from 20 yards out that sailed over the crossbar.
Kelly so nearly threaded a ball through to Barrow, but a last gasp interception halted the pacy Gambian in his tracks.
And the breakthrough came with 20 minutes of the match remaining - courtesy of a stunning strike from Kelly. The ball was worked out to the right and then fed into the midfielder's feet on the edge of the box. Kelly took it first time and swept a superb right-footed effort past Holy and into the back of the Gills net.
Clement forced Holy into a smart save low to his left soon after as Reading looked to put the tie to bed.
Clement sought a second with an arcing effort that dropped just wide, but Kelly sealed the victory with his second of the game and another scorching hit.
Barrow passed the ball into the diminutive midfielder's feet and he quickly teed the ball up for a shot just inside the area and thundered a sweetly struck effort inside the left post for 2-0.
Full time: Reading 2-0 Gillingham
Reading: Jaakkola, Gunter (c), Richards (Andresson 63), Moore, Evans, Kelly, Rinomhota, Barrett (Quinn 58), Clement, Smith, Mendes (Barrow HT).
Unused subs: Legg, East, Frost, Loader.
Goals: Kelly 71, 86
Gillingham: Holy, O'Neill (c), Ehmer, Wagstaff, Hessenthaler (Chapman 78), Ogilvie, Parker, Oldaker, Cundle (Wilkinson 69), Wright, Eaves (Nash 74).
Unused subs: List, O'Mara, Hadler, Byrne.
Att: 5,936 (450 away)