Manchester City made a thrilling three-goal comeback to beat Reading in the first leg of the U21 Premier League Cup final.
The result piles more misery on Reading, who exited the FA Youth Cup on Monday evening and who’s first team were thrashed 3-1 by AFC Bournemouth on Tuesday night.
Reading made the brighter start though and found themselves ahead after just 12 minutes. Gozie Ugwu scored on the counter-attack as he headed home from 12 yards.
Ian Lawlor grabbed the second not long after as Reading broke three against two and Craig Tanner slotted in Lawlor, who made no mistake in doubling Reading’s advantage.
On 38 minutes the comeback began. Marcos Lopes played a superb through ball to Devante Cole who was running through on the right side of the box and Cole smashed home beyond Dan Lincoln’s across goal dive.
Jordy Hiwula robbed the goalkeeper to put City level. He took advantage of Lincoln’s mistake and unselfishly squared the ball for Lopes, who in a far better position than Hiwula, attempted to pass the ball into the net. In a desperate dive to save Reading from squandering their lead, Jake Cooper flung out a hand to block the shot and received his marching orders. Lopes dispatched the penalty.
The dramatic winner came in the final minute when Cole raced in on a rebound to bring the Etihad Stadium to its feet and condemn Reading to heartbreak after leading for the majority of the first half.
The return second leg of the tie at the Madjeski Stadium takes place on Saturday 19th April at 3pm.