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U18s to face Toffees in PL Cup Quarter-Final

Last eight tie awaits young Royals in January

9 December 2019

Reading's Under-18s have been drawn at home to Everton in the Quarter-Finals of this season's Under 18 Premier League Cup.

The Royals' Scholars, led by Michael Donaldson and Mikele Leigertwood, topped a competitive and entertaining group in the competition to earn their place in the last eight of the tournament, which pits 24 of the country's best youth sides against each other.

Reading were drawn into a group with Middlesbrough, Aston Villa and Derby County - and all four teams had a chance of progressing heading into the final round of group matches, with the sides locked on three points heading into the final fixtures.

The young Royals had completed a remarkable turnaround in their final group match, coming back from 3-0 down to beat Middlesbrough 4-3 away from home, with Josh Hewitt, Augustus McGiff, Jordan Hamilton and Alfie Anderson all striking in the last 20 minutes to earn three points and progression to the Quarter-Finals.

What makes that feat even more sensational, is the fact that their Boro comeback was the second time they have won a match where they had trailed by three goals.

Aston Villa were the opponents back in October, and the hosts had raced into a 3-0 lead by the break. However, the comeback from our Scholars saw a second-half hat-trick from Nahum Melvin-Lambert supplemented by a strike from Imari Samuels, as the Royals took all three points against Villa.

Up next for Reading will be Everton. The Toffees went through as one of the two highest-placed runners-up in the tournament, after finishing behind Norwich City in Group C. It'll be winner takes all when the sides meet, as the winner after 90 minutes, or penalties if required, advance to the last four.

The match is set to take place by Saturday 25th January, and full fixture arrangements will be confirmed in due course.


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