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Under-23s come from two-down to beat Reading

20 August 2018

Norwich City Under-23s produced a thrilling comeback to beat Reading 3-2 at Colney for their first victory of the Premier League 2 season.

A double from Danny Loader gave City plenty of work to do after half-an-hour but they earned a route back into the game before half-time thanks to a stunner from Simon Power.

City dominated the second-half and Adam Idah got them level before Ant Spyrou completed the turnaround with just minutes left on the clock.

Matt Gill's side struggled to get into their rhythm early on and it was the visitors who struck first. Loader was played through on goal and he rounded Aston Oxborough before slotting into an empty net.

The Reading man then had an immediate chance to double his team’s lead but he crashed a right-footed effort against the woodwork from just inside the box. 

City got better as the half progressed and went close on 20 minutes. Idah did well to control a Caleb Richards cross but his low strike was smothered by Reading keeper Luke Southwood.

Devonte Aransibia then tried his luck from distance after shifting the ball into space but, from 25-yards, Southwood was there to deny him.

Shortly after Loader wasted a good chance to grab his hat-trick, City reduced the arrears when Spyrou fed the ball back to Power who unleashed a unstoppable strike in off the crossbar.

Goal action was sparse from then on, with City having the best opportunity. Tom Scully spread a brilliant ball wide to Power to who controlled and drilled a lot strike just past Southwood’s far post.

The first chance of the second-half saw Joel Rollinson bend an effort just wide but at the other end, City found themselves level on 50 minutes. Power’s persistence paid off on the right and his cross was controlled and finished well by Idah.

The momentum was fully with City and they went close to taking the lead shortly after. First, Tom Scully’s half-volley just missed the top corner and then Idah went close to grabbing a second but Southwood was equal to his low strike.

City were starting to dominate proceedings and Power was almost through on-goal on 80 minutes but he was sliced over by Royin Omolabi and the Reading man was sent for an early bath.

And they made the man advantage count with just minutes to play when Spyrou was played through and showed great composure to finish past Southwood.

City XI: Oxborough; Kamal, Odusina, Martin, Richards; Power, T. Scully, Aransibia (c), A. Scully (t) (Payne, 70); Spyrou, Idah

Goals: Power, Idah, Spyrou

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