Gloucester City U18s bow out of FA Youth Cup after first half blitz from Reading City

Gloucester City U18s have been knocked out of the FA Youth Cup after going down 5-1 to Reading City at Meadow Park on Monday night.

The hosts nearly got off to the perfect start, when a ball into the box fell to Ellis Beech. Beech turned well before firing just wide of the post.

From there Reading City settled into the game and spent the next 10 minutes or so camped in the Gloucester half, winning a flurry of corners, but they weren’t able to turn build up into shots on goal.

City full back Jack Hill curled a free kick straight at the keeper, Archie Walker, whilst Jenyo Balogun curled one wide for Reading moments later.

Hill was getting forward for the hosts well and had a golden chance just before the 25 minute mark. Hill had the ball laid to him on the edge of the box by Jurzy Marszalek, but his effort flew the wrong side of the post.

Reading went down the other end and after the ball forward was missed by a Gloucester City head, Balogun’s shot from about 25 yards flew in, leaving Elliot Jones no chance in the Gloucester City net.

On half an hour the key moment of the game came as Reading striker Connor Richardson hit a volley from just inside the Gloucester City half and it flew up into the air and in, leaving the back tracking Jones stranded.

The goal took the stuffing out of Gloucester a little and they would have been desperate to go in at the break just the two goals down, but within five minutes Sam Tanner added a third for the now rampant Reading.

The visitors worked the ball well down the right and the ball was drilled into the box to Tanner, who swept the ball home.

The 15 minute blitz was complete just before half time when Richardson’s free kick from the edge of the box was too hot to handle for Jones and Reading City found themselves 4-0 up at the break.

Richardson could and should have had his hattrick just minutes into the second half when he cut into the box from the left and found himself one on one with Jones. The Gloucester City keeper stood tall to show great reactions to turn the ball over the bar though.

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The majority of the second half saw the visitors just keep Gloucester at an arms length, and a good chunk of the half went past with very limited action.

Jurzy Marszalek had a shot saved with about 15 minutes to go and as the ball fell to Seigel Rodney, who got his follow up horribly wrong and the chance had gone.

Marszalek would eventually get the goal his play deserved, when he cut in on the left side of the box and drilled his effort past Archie Walker and get Gloucester City on the scoresheet.

The final bit of action saw Ricky Osei run in one on one in injury time and was brought down by Connor Walters, resulting in the Gloucester man being dismissed.

Osei stepped up to see his free kick saved by Jones, but the loose ball was turned home by Richardson, who claimed his hattrick, adding a 5th for his side and booking his side’s place in the First Round of the FA Youth Cup.

Gloucester City: Jones, J Hill, Nicks, Joe Davis, Stevens, Long, Beech, Walters, Marszalek, Rieger, Rodney

Subs: Sutherland, Ford-Thompson, Weir-Roberts, T Hill, Weston, Blackford, Jahvon Davis

Reading City: Walker, Bailey, Maadini, Ashik, Edwards, Donville, Tanner, Boakye, Richardson, Day, Balogun

Subs: Osei, Baleci, Debarrios, Garcia, Noah, Fazeli, Sandy

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