Norwich City Under-18s 0, Reading Under-18s 2

City Under-18s suffered an FA Premier Academy League defeat at the hands of Reading at Colney, the visitors scoring in each half.

The Royals were quickly into the their stride with the powerful Uche Ikepeazu firing a shot just wide, while Craig Tanner blazed an effort across the City goalmouth.

Tanner sent in a free-kick that Jake Cooper headed over the bar as Reading were all but camped in the Canaries' half.

With 26 minutes gone, Reading opened the scoring when a well taken free-kick from Tanner left goalkeeper Remi Matthews rooted to the spot.

City rode their luck just before the break when an effort from Tariqu Fosu- Henry rolled along the crossbar.


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City looked more purposeful as the second half got under way with Dominic St Louis sending in a low cross that Rhys Browne looped over the bar.

Captain Kyle McFadden pulled a shot wide as City went all out for the equaliser.

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But it was Reading who found the net when, on 62 minutes, Ikepeazu finished from close range with City players and the bench all appealing for what looked like handball.

Matthews made a good save to deny Ikepeazu a second, while at the other end Rian Carroll fired just over the bar, and late in the game Dan Lincoln made a comfortable save to deny Harvey Hodd.

• Norwich City Under-18: Matthews, Norman, Wyatt, Hodd, McFadden, Lokko, Carroll, St Louis (Simpson, 63), Morris (Sweeny, 61), Grant, Browne (Gibson, 79). Subs (not used) Gill, Fox.

City man of match: Kevin Lokko.

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