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Reading u21s 2 Rovers u21s 1

7 March 2015

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Rovers Under 21s were left to rue referee decisions as they went down 2-1 to Reading on Friday evening.

After an even opening in which neither goalkeeper was troubled, the hosts took the lead on the stroke of half-time when the Royals scored from a corner through Niall Keown.

It was tough on Rovers to trail at the break, but they roared back on level terms soon after the turnaround when Kellen Daly fired home from a corner kick.

However Reading restored their advantage in sensational style thanks to a stunning strike by Pierce Sweeney on 72.

But Rovers should have been given the opportunity to get back on level terms when substitute Dean Rittenberg was brought down when clean through on goal, but to his astonishment no penalty was awarded.

Rovers pressed for a leveller but despite dominating play in the closing stages, they couldn't grab the goal their performance deserved.

"I feel cheated to be honest, cheated that we didn't get something out of the game," said coach Eric Kinder.

"We pushed and pushed but didn't get it, we lost a game that we have not deserved to.

"We should have won, the lads gave everything they've got, we dominated for long periods, they worked their socks off.

"The players can be satisfied with their performance."

ROVERS: Raya, Nyambe, Edgar, Carson (c) (sub Tanner 78), Lavelle, Daly, Thomson, Bauress, Mansell (sub Rittenberg 22 mins), Green, Mahoney.

Subs not used: Crump, Hardcastle, Jones.

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