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Shootout sees Citizens exit cup

Cup Games + Monday Night Football at The Rivermoor =Pure excitement. Following on from the excitement of the 9 goal thriller we witnessed on Monday 30th September between the Citizens and visitors Holyport in the Bluefin Challenge Cup.

Last night would see another cup game take place at The Rivermoor as the Citizens hosted Aylesbury Dynamo's in the preliminary round of the Berkshire & Buckinghamshire Football Association Senior Cup which ended with the scoreline level at full time, meaning the game would be decided via a Penalty Shootout, which ended with our visitors winning 3-4.

Match Report by Nick Bird

A disappointing result for the Citizens on Monday night as they were knocked out of the Berks and Bucks Senior Cup on penalties.

The chances came for Reading City early on. Adam Cashin-Murray had a shot from outside the box go wide after four minutes, and in the seventh minute McKoy Palmer played Matt Stockill down the left side, Stockill played an excellent cross to the edge of the box for Joe Bainbrigge, but his shot missed the target.

In the twentieth minute, Aaron De Rama got the ball just outside the box after it hit an Aylesbury Vale Dynamos player, the ball settled nicely for him to shoot on the half-volley, but the shot went wide of the post.

However, Aylesbury Vale Dynamos found the first goal in unfortunate circumstances for Reading City. McAteer took a quick free-kick to Scott, he put the ball into the danger area, Cashin-Murray tried to clear it, but the ball deflected off of Aaron De Rama for Amadieu who finished it on the turn, Reading City 0-1 Aylesbury Vale Dynamos.

Aylesbury almost doubled their lead ten minutes later from a corner, but Amadieu headed over the bar.

The hosts were trying to make the score level before half time, and everything seemed to be coming through McKoy Palmer. Palmer tried to catch the goalkeeper off guard with a few minutes left in the half with a shot from around twenty-yards, but the keeper managed to stop the chance and prevent it from rolling away to a City player that was chasing it down. Palmer had an opportunity to score again just before the whistle for half-time as he drove down the left side and breezed past a couple of Aylesbury players and got to the six-yard box only for his shot to be saved.

At the break, it was City who had more chances but they lacked quality when they got into good positions, yet it was Aylesbury with the lead.

It was the perfect start for Reading City in the second half as they scored in the first minute, Joe Bainbrigge crossed the ball in from the right, and McKoy Palmer headed the ball into the bottom left corner to extend his scoring streak to 7 goals in 5 games, Reading City 1-1 Aylesbury Vale Dynamos.

Ten minutes into the half there were big appeals for McAteer to be sent off as he went through the back of Joe Bainbrigge with lots of force, but the referee only gave a yellow card.

Kai Stubbs-Alleyne had a chance to give City the lead in the fifty-seventh minute when he got it the ball from a cross by Palmer which went behind him, he recovered the ball and had a go at goal, but the shot lacked power and went past the right post.

The best chance of the half for Aylesbury fell on the hour mark as Scott received the ball from a through ball to the right side, he hit it first time, and Charlie York made an important save to keep it 1-1.

Soon after McKoy Palmer dribbled across the pitch and slipped the ball through for substitute Mo Davies, he cut in and lost his man before shooting with his left, but the keeper had come out to close down the angles which allowed him to make the save.

With just over fifteen to go McKoy Palmer got the ball over the top, he got tackled, but the tackle sent the ball to Mo Davies whose shot hit the side netting.

With five to go Aylesbury had a great attempt to win the game denied with a big block by Arthur Furness.

Cashin-Murray tried to bend a shot in from just outside the box on the left side after Palmer laid the ball off for him, but the shot didn’t bend enough, and it went past the post.

Into injury time McKoy Palmer was racing towards goal before being brought down in the box, he tried to keep going but couldn’t and went to ground. There were appeals for a penalty, but the referee gave a free-kick to Aylesbury for diving.

The game ended 1-1 and went straight to penalties. Reading City lost in the shootout 3-4 and were knocked out of the Berks and Bucks Senior Cup.

A disappointing result and performance from Reading City, they lacked quality in front of goal and were punished for not taking their chances.

The next game for Reading City is on 12/10/19 against Easington Sports on Non-League Day at 3pm. However, it would be great to see people turn up one hour earlier to see the U23s just down the road at Rivers against Woodcote as it’s also the second ‘City Double Header’ of the season.

Match Reaction

Here's what First Team Manager Simon Johnson had to say following the game:

"Disappointing cup result tonight. Fair play to Aylesbury Dynamo's who brought a young side over and were fantastic. We need to bounce back Saturday when we get back to league action".

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