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Report | U23s run riot against Swans

Five different scorers on the board in dominant win at Madejski Stadium

16 September 2019

Reading's Under-23s made it two wins out of two at Madejski Stadium this season, after a comfortable 5-0 win over Swansea City on Monday night.

Adam Liddle opened the scoring early on in the first half with a bundled poacher's finish from close range, before Thierry Nevers scored the goal of the night with a brilliant solo effort.

Michael Olise capitalised on some loose passing in the Swansea defence to notch a third before the break, before Ryan East killed hopes of a Swans comeback with a fourth goal early in the second period. Gabriel Osho added more shine to the win when he buried a late penalty into the bottom corner, in a pleasing evening for the young Royals.

The opening exchanges saw both teams trying to work each other out, with little coming in the way of chances in the first 10 minutes at Madejski Stadium.

But out of the blue, the young Royals took the lead. A sumptuous cross-field ball found Teddy Howe on the right, whose low cross was placed perfectly into the path of Liddle, who bundled in from close range, scoring with the game's first shot.

The Swans looked to reply immediately as the game suddenly sprung into life. Kieran Evans, one of three players with the same surname in Swansea's starting line-up, jinked his way into space from 20 yards. He lashed a low strike that was bound for the bottom corner, but Coniah Boyce-Clarke saved well to his left, diving at full stretch to get a hand to it.

Reading quickly broke up the other end, forcing a corner which was swung in by Michael Olise. Trialist won it first, with his header bouncing wide of the post.

Olise tried to get in on the act when the ball sat kindly for him to volley from the edge of the box. It was so close to adding a second for Reading, with his acrobatic effort skimming the top of the net on its way over.

But a fantastic piece of skill and improvisation would give Reading their second of the night. Nevers was the recipient of a ball over the top of the backline that he would cushion, before getting it out of his feet and taking the ball past his marker in doing so. He then had time and space to pick out a slotted finish into the far corner and double Reading's lead.

If the Royals' second goal was a product of skill, their third just before the interval was one of intuition. Goalkeeper Josh Gould attempted to play out from the back, but Olise was there to pounce on it before the defender, with the Reading playmaker keeping a cool head and finding the bottom corner with a low slotted effort.

It was a dominant half from Scott Marshall's men at the Madejski, showing a ruthless touch in front of goal.

Half time | Reading U23 3-0 Swansea City U23

With a metaphorical mountain to climb to get back into proceedings, Swansea started the second half brightly as they looked for a route back into the game.

Jordan Garrick made tracks into shooting range on the edge of the Reading box, trying to bend a left-footed effort at goal but not troubling Boyce-Clarke at all in the Royals goal.

But Reading's clinical finishing would continue from where it left off in the first period. A well-worked passing move forward found its way to East on the edge of the Swansea box, who picked his head up and found the bottom corner with a nicely executed low finish to make it 4-0 on the night.

A fine piece of goalkeeping would stop the Royals getting a fifth just after the hour mark, however. A corner from Olise was headed back across goal by Gabriel Osho, with Trialist getting a shot away. Gould was at full stretch to make a diving save to his left, with Nevers shooting off-target as he followed up the initial effort.

Akin Odimayo, Reading's most recent senior debutant, received lengthy treatment on the pitch for what looked like a nasty finger injury. Andre Burley was brought on in his place for the final 15 minutes.

The game had looked like it would settle down in the closing stages, but Reading had the chance to put even more shine on the win when the referee pointed to the spot after Liddle was cynically brought down in the area by the Swansea goalkeeper.

Osho stepped up to take the spot kick, making no mistake as he sent Gould the wrong way and confidently despatched his penalty into the bottom left-hand corner.

It was a night in which Marshall's men kept the Swans at arm's length in earning all three points on the night. The only dampener in a superb performance was a late red card deep in stoppage time for Andre Burley. A scuffle broke out between both sets of players after a tackle in midfield on Olise, but Burley was singled out for a red card by the referee in the 97th minute.

Full time | Reading U23 5-0 Swansea City U23

Reading U23: Boyce-Clarke, Howe, Osho (c), Odimayo (Burley 77), Medford-Smith, East (Coleman 66), Trialist, McCleary, Olise, Nevers, Liddle.
Subs: Collins, Bristow, Elva-Fountaine.
Goals: Liddle (12), Nevers (25), Olise (39), East (54), Osho (80).

Swansea City U23: Gould, Rushesha, Jones, J. Evans (c), C. Evans, B. Cooper, Garrick, De Boer (Williams 62), Cullen, O. Cooper, K. Evans (Jones-Thomas 62).
Subs: Webb, Bevan, Thomas.

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