Tom McIntyre got suited and booted for the occasion, but was booted out of the tournament despite a commendable performance against a professional eSports player representing Spanish side Celta Vigo.
Controversy, excitement and a fancy fashion style - everything you'd expect from a normal football game was replicated last night in Round Two of the #UltimateQuaranTeam FIFA tournament.
But at the end of the night, it was Celta Vigo and their esports professional FIFA player who booked a ticket to Round Three.
McIntyre had dutifulyl disposed of Crystal Palace's Andros Townsend in the First Round and swapped his blue and white hoops for a suit as he began to take his managerial role even more seriously. This was going to be a tall order though.
The first game did not go according to script for the Royals, going three goals down in the first 60 minutes. But an unforeseen disconnection interruption overseas left the game in unexpected circumstances. Rumours of a Celta Vigo forfeit echoed around the ground before the governing body of the tournament insisted on a replay.
A second chance for Reading FC and Tom to implement a game plan. Which started very well. However, he only managed to delay the inevitable as the pro player started to go through the gears.
There was one fantastic moment when Ayub Masika whizzed past his man and hit a perfect strike past the keeper...Tom had just scored again a pro eSports player. Amongst the scenes, there were thoughts of an unlikely comeback but Celta scored again to put the tie to bed.
Huge commitment and passion was shown by the magnificent McIntyre throughout, and a little bit of fun also helped a great cause. This tournament is raising money for struggling EFL clubs, Mind Charity and also funding the all-important COVID-19 Solidarity Response.
After 2 try’s it wasn’t to be tonight! 🤣 Well played to @RCCelta couldn’t get anywhere near them and was well and truly beaten. Had great fun playing in the tournament and thanks to everyone who got behind it. Stay safe everyone and the Royals will be back soon 🔵⚪️ #readingfc— Tom McIntyre (@Tom5Mc) March 26, 2020