Reading’s Under-23s weren’t quite able to complete a comeback at Everton, and ultimately fell by a 2-1 scoreline at The Pure Stadium in Southport to exit the Premier League Cup in the last 16 stage.
The hosts led by two at the break – Augustus McGiff netted late for Reading but the Royals couldn’t complete the comeback, as the Toffees progressed.
Parity lasted less than six minutes, as Ellis Simms stole a march to head in Matty Foulds’ corner at the near post.
Dennis Adeniran opened up a two-goal margin for Everton soon after – Einar Iversen scampered down the left and delivered low, and Adeniran looped his effort past the oncoming figure of Jökull Andersson in the Royals net.
17-year-old Claudio Osorio went closest in the first half for the Royals, but was off-target with his left boot as space opened up.
Reading fought bravely to get back into the game after the break – McGiff crossed for Femi Azeez, whose volleyed effort was judged not to have crossed the line before being desperately hacked clear, and then McGiff forced a smart save from Toffees stopper Harry Tyrer.
The Royals were allowing spaces to open up at the back as they committed bodies forward in search of an all-important goal – which they got late on through McGiff.
But it proved too little, too late as Everton held on to their cushion to progress into the next round.
Full-time | Everton U23 2-1 Reading U23