Reading’s U18s bowed out of the FA Youth Cup last night after suffering a 3-1 reverse at home to Newcastle United.
On a night when the Royals first team came from behind at Anfield to knock Liverpool out of the FA Cup their U18’s were unable to match the efforts of their seniors.
It was plain sailing for the visitors, who after a bright start, went ahead on ten minutes through midfielder Brad Inman.
Their advantage was doubled shortly before the break by striker Phil Airey but a Jacob Walcott penalty almost immediately after the restart brought the hosts back in to the game.
As Reading pressed for an equaliser, a Newcastle riposte led to Walcott fouling Jeff Henderson inside the area and Phil Airey duly dispatched the resulting penalty.
Speaking after the match Newcastle United right-back and LFE Blogger, Patrick Nzuzi said:
“We produced some great football at times and absolutely dominated the first half so it would’ve been a travesty if we’d allowed Reading further back in to the game after they’d got one. It’s pleasing to win away from home and we’ll now just look forward to facing the winners of West Ham vs QPR tie.”
In other Youth Cup matches played last night, Burnley were beaten 5-1 by Manchester United while Leicester City lost their unbeaten record this season when suffering a 5-1 reverse at the hands of Liverpool.
The Foxes who had already recorded a 3-0 away victory against Liverpool in the Academy league paid the price for price for hitting the woodwork three times during an open first half while Liverpool clinically finished their chances to lead 4-0 at half time.
Abdillahie Yussuf pulled a goal back for the hosts with a close range header in the 53rd minute but Liverpool rounded off the scoring with a Michael Mgoo goal in the 73rd minute.