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U21s Cup Defence Continues

The reigning Under 21 Premier League Cup holders are through to the quarter finals after Reading won 3-1 away to Bolton Wanderers.

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Reading's U21 continued their 100% record in the Under 21 Premier League Cup tonight on a cold night in Leyland.

It means they are now just two games away from once again reaching the final.

In-form striker Dominic Samuel gave the Royals the lead on 15 minutes, but Bolton equalised before half time through Rob Holding.

With neither team able to get a winner, the game went into extra time.

It took the cup holders just two minutes of extra time to retake the lead through midfielder Aaron Tshibola.

A fine taken goal from Jack Stacey gave Reading breathing space.

Any chance of a Wanderers comeback was effectively ended when Tom Walker was sent off for an off the ball incident involving Craig Tanner.

This was another impressive cup performance from the U21s against a Bolton team which included England international Emile Heskey and Hungary international goalkeeper Adam Bogdan.

Reading: Lincoln, Long, Griffin, Keown (c), Sweeney; Kelly (Cardwell 116), Tshibola (Shaughnessy 105), Stacey, Fosu, Tanner, Cardwell

Subs: Ward, Hyam

Booked: Fosu (foul 67), Tshibola (foul 99)

Bolton: Bogdan, Holding, Sellers, Maher, Taylor, Finney, Kamara (Woolery HT), Lester, Odelusi (Ball 105), Heskey (Thomas 65), Walker

Subs: Fitzsimmons, Matthews

Sent off: Walker (foul 107)