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Royals youngsters beat Liverpool at Anfield

The in-form Royals youngsters inflicted a first defeat of 2014 on the Liverpool youth team in the U21s Premier League.

Mark Thompson

Goals from Michael Hector and Harry Cardwell meant the Royals beat Liverpool in their own back yard last night, with the final score 2-1.

The U21s have been in fine form recently, notching up five wins in seven games; they impressed again as they deservedly beat the Young Reds.

Michael Hector scored a goal in the 6th minute before the youngsters were overwhelmed by Liverpool, who managed to level through Jordan Lussey, who capitalised on a defensive mix-up just before the break.

Reading snatched the win with 8 minutes remaining of the match, a lovely goal from substitute Harry Cardwell, who joined the Royals from Hull City (Tigers?) in the summer.

This win moves the Royals above Spurs to third from bottom, and gives the Reds a massive task if they are to claim the title.

After the game, U21 boss Martin Kuhl told the Official Site:

"As coaches we believe in this group of players. There's fantastic ability, a way of winning, determination and they believe in each other. The next objective is to get someone in the first team, break through, keep performing, let the gaffer see it and he'll put them in if they're ready. They've got to be ready to stay in, we don't want them to go up and down, they want to stay there. If they want to be in the first team, they've got to remove a first team player and do better."

Reading: Lincoln, Keown, Griffin, Cooper, Hector; Kuhl (c), Tshibola, Stacey, Murombedzi (Cardwell 67), Tanner (Shaugnessy 90), Taylor

Subs: Ward, Hyam, Dickie.