Full time report as young United side lose at the RoyalsA young United Development Side were beaten 5-2 in a friendly at Reading this afternoon.
Up against a more experienced Royals side, who included defender Anton Ferdinand in their team, United took the lead with a clever chipped finish from Aidan Hawtin after one of several great flowing moves from the U’s. They had further chances before the break but a Kelly goal for the home side made it 1-1 at half time and the second half was a different story as Reading raised their game
Goals from Griffin and Tshibola and two from Dom Samuel put Reading 5-1 up before a superb volley by James Roberts from a Callum O’Dowda cross made the final score 5-2.
Mickey Lewis told us:
“The first half was excellent; the Reading coaches were very complimentary about the way we played and I thought we were in control of much of it but it turned into a game of two halves and Reading scored some really well worked goals of their own after half-time.
“They are a very good side but the first half was probably as well as I have seen the Development Side play so you take the positives from that 45 minutes and learn lessons from the second."
Crocombe, Bevans, Long, Grant, O’Dowda, Trialist (Hayden 70), Ashby, Hawtin, Shama (George 80), Humphreys, Roberts