Right Royal defeat for Bolton Wanderers Under-18s
THE Whites Under-18s began their new Premier League season with a 3-1 defeat at Reading.
David Lee and Tony Kelly’s youngsters shocked their hosts at the Royals’ academy base at Hogwood Park after taking the lead through Spanish forward Guillermo Torres.
It was a fortuitous opener that saw an attempted clearance by Reading’s Rob Dickie hit the Wanderers man and deflect into the goal from six yards.
Reading, who topped the first group phase ahead of Wanderers last season to qualify for the Elite stage, hit back and were level on 25 minutes.
De’Jaune Taylor-Crossdale ran down the left before finishing with aplomb past Whites stopper Harry Campbell.
The game was turned on its head when Reading scored from a free-kick 25 yards out, Liam Kelly scoring with a volley after flicking up a pass from captain Aaron Kuhl.
Wanderers thought they were back on level terms almost immediately but the effort was ruled offside.
An individual mistake allowed Irish midfielder Conor Shaughnessy to make it 3-1 before the interval.
Reading’s Tarique-Fosu and Jack Stacey both had efforts saved after the break.
But Wanderers could have cut their lead had Tom Walker not crashed his penalty against the bar.Walker also saw a free-kick sail narrowly wide and Elliot Newby spurned two good one-on-one chances.
Lee was philosophical after the first run out of the campaign.
He said: “Overall we created and could have scored seven goals. But we learned a harsh lesson as individual mistakes cost the team. It is early days, though, with new first-year scholars having their introduction to u18s football.”
The next action for the U18s comes on Wednesday, August 28, when they host Blackburn Rovers, kick off 11am.