09.04.11 Norwich City U18s 0 Reading U18s 2
Monday, 11 April 2011 11:05

City's final home game of the season saw Reading take all three points with two late second half goals. It was a somewhat disappointing end to their home campaign which has produced some memorable performances. Ricky Martin's side travel to Guernsey next weekend to compete in the Clydesdale Bank International Tournament before their final 2 league games of the season away to Southampton and then Watford.

Reading were quickly into their stride with the first real chance coming when Dominick Samuel raced clear of the Norwich defence but Jed Steer made a superb save to turn the ball behind for a corner.

Ryan Oakley was proving to be the Canaries main threat and it needed a save from Dean Santangelo to deny the City winger after he beat two defenders before getting his shot away.

Samuel was proving a real handful as once again he raced clear of the City defence before rounding Steer, but with the simplest of tap ins he blasted the ball onto the crossbar - it was the miss of the season at Colney.

Oakley again got in behind the Royals defence and Jack Werndly was only inches away from making contact as Oakley sent in a low cross.

Jamar Loza saw a shot deflected wide, while just before the break Samuel made it a hat-trick of misses when from a good position this time he failed to hit the target.

Shortly into the second half Werndly saw a shot deflected wide while centre back Taylor McKenzie saw a header go over the bar.

Not for the first time in the game Oakley posed a threat with a delightful cross that Werndly got his head to but couldn't quite get enough on it.

Steer came to City's rescue saving at the feet of Samuel, who must now have been wondering if it was to be his day.

That all changed however on 86 minutes when Samuel was completely unmarked at the far post to volley the ball home.

Deep in stoppage time Reading made sure of the points when substitute Daniel Carr raced into the area to drive in a low shot beyond Steer. 

City Line-Up: Steer, Barker, Stephens, Brindley, McKenzie, Jones [Florence 45], Loza [Clunan 80], Kelly, Werndly, Ball, Oakley [St. Louis 88].

Subs Not Used: Matthews, Dobbs.

Reading Line Up: Santangelo, Arnold, Webb, Goddard, Keown [Cooper 65], Partridge, Tanner, Tishbola, Samuel, Lassaso [Carr 80], Obita.

Subs Not Used: Lincoln, Muroubedzi.

Norwich City Man of the Match: Ryan Oakley. 

Photos in the Match Gallery

 Match Report and Photos courtesy John Landmore

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