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Reading Under 23s


Newcastle United Under 23s

15th March 2019 1:00 PM 15th March 2019 1:00 PM

Kingfield Stadium

Premier League Cup

15th March 2019 1:00 PM

Reading U23 1 Newcastle United U23 2


Newcastle United Under-23s progressed into the Premier League Cup quarter-finals following a 2-1 victory against their Reading counterparts on Friday afternoon.

All goals were netted in the opening 45 minutes of the last-16 clash, with Jamie Sterry's long range strike giving United the lead at Woking's Kingfield Stadium.

Reading quickly responded through Josh Barrett's free kick before Tom Allan regained United's lead with a well-taken finish before the half-time break.

The young Magpies - who achieved a 2-0 victory against their Premier League 2 opponents last month - held firm once more against the Royals to seal their place in the last eight of the competition for the second consecutive season.

Newcastle were welcomed by the return of Sterry and Elias Sørensen to the squad after both returned from their respective loan spells at Crewe and Blackpool this week.

Weather conditions played their part in the early stages of the cup tie with both teams struggling to maintain possession with a string of astray in the opening minutes.

The first effort of the contest saw United goalkeeper Nathan Harker forced into action, with the 20-year-old saving a low strike from range by Oliver Pendlebury.

Newcastle's first key chance resulted in their opening goal as Sterry gave the away side the lead, with the 23-year-old - who gained first-team experience with the Magpies this term - finishing off an impressive attacking move by curling a 25-yard effort into the top corner.

Reading responded in quick fashion through a well-taken free kick from Barrett, who bent the attempt over the ball and beyond Harker but, despite the disappointment of conceding, the Magpies restored their advantage 12 minutes later.

Matty Longstaff stole the ball on the edge of the area from Coleman before sending the ball into Allan. Situated inside the penalty area, the teenager only needed one touch before firing a low shot into the bottom corner.

In the second half, both teams went in search of an important goal and it was Longstaff who went close to doubling Newcastle's lead, testing Boyce-Clarke with an effort from distance, forcing the goalkeeper into tipping the ball away for a corner.

The United defence restricted the Royals to a number of clear-cut chances and almost put the game to bed through Sørensen. The Danish forward almost made an excellent contribution from the bench, with the substitute managing to get a shot away after twisting and turning in the box, with Odimayo producing a block to deny the teenager his 20th goal of the season.

However, the blocked effort did not prove crucial for Newcastle as they battled bravely towards another win over the Berkshire club to secure their spot in the last eight and keep their hopes of silverware on track.

Newcastle United Under-23s: Nathan Harker, Jamie Sterry, Oliver Walters, Kelland Watts, Lewis Cass, Owen Bailey (c), Tom Allan (Tyrique Bartlett 88), Matthew Longstaff, Yannick Touré (Jack Young 78), Mo Sangare, Rosaire Longelo (Elias Sørensen 62).

Subs not used: Otto Huuhtanen, Oisin McEntee.

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