Our Under-18 side won one, lost one and drew one in the U18 Premier League over the course of September, as well as playing their first fixture of their U18 Premier League Cup on the final matchday of the month.
Here’s a round-up of how our boys have got on over the last few weeks…
Reading U18 3-2 Brighton & Hove Albion U18
U18 Premier League South, Sat 1 September 2018
The Royals’ youngsters came out on top of a five-goal thriller on the first day of the month – they came from behind to beat visiting Brighton at Hogwood Park.
Lorent Tolaj had the Seagulls ahead after 11 minutes… but the Royals responded well. Jacob Pemberton and Thierry Nevers each had the ball in the net before the half-hour as the scoreline was overturned.
Khalid Simmo added Reading’s third after half-time; Tareq Shihab struck a late one for Brighton, which was merely a consolation.
Tottenham Hotspur 1-1 Reading U18
U18 Premier League South, Sat 15 September 2018
Two days after his 17th birthday – on which he had signed his first pro deal – Conor Lawless struck a point-earning leveller for Reading at Tottenham.
An battle of attrition finally resulted in a goal for Spurs when Dilan Markanday finally broke the deadlock in the final quarter of the game.
But Lawless, 10 minutes from time, showed some solo quality and produced a top-class finish to ensure the Royals would take a share.
Reading U18 0-1 Swansea City U18
U18 Premier League South, Sat 22 September 2018
An early goal was decisive in this fixture – despite the Royals’ best efforts, the result was settled in the opening exchanges.
Owen Evans found the net for the Swans with just five minutes on the clock, giving the South Wales outfit something to cling on to.
A missed spot-kick for the Royals gave Swansea the respite they needed to see out their first league win of the season at Reading’s expense; their wall stood strong enough to keep out our boys’ waves of attack.
Reading U18 1-2 Southampton U18
U18 Premier League Cup, Sat 29 September 2018
In our boys’ first cup action of the new campaign, they fell to defeat at Hogwood against the Saints.
Kornelius Hansen converted a spot-kick midway through the first half after Christian Norton had been fouled in the area. But in similar fashion, the Royals got level – Conor Lawless was wiped out in the Saints box after the break and stepped up to tuck away the resulting penalty.
However Allan Tchaptche, a summer signing from French side Auxerre, netted the winner with just over 10 minutes remaining as he picked up the pieces from a Saints set-piece to slot in.