Pierce lifts Premier League Cup for Reading
PIERCE SWEENEY enjoyed a landmark day in his young career on Saturday as he captained Reading FC to the U-21 Premier League Cup.
Reading trailed 3-2 from the first leg as 19-year-old Sweeney and his Royals team-mates hosted Patrick Vieira’s moneybags Manchester City side and by the final whistle, it was Bray man Sweeney holding the title aloft after a 2-0 success at the Madejski Stadium.
Two goals in three second half minutes proved to be enough to pip City to the crown and provide Sweeney with the proudest moment of his career to date.
With the scores deadlocked 0-0 at the break, Reading knew they were had to get on the scoresheet and Sweeney tried to lead by example as Shane Griffin cut the ball back from the by-line to Sweeney. The former Bray Wanderers ace controlled it and shot, only for it to be charged down and loop away to safety.
But the breakthrough did come for Reading when substitute Tariqe Fosu rifled home an unstoppable effort with virtually his first touch of the game.
It was now level on aggregate, but not for long. Minutes after Fosu’s strike, Jack Stacey escaped in behind the City defence and rounded the Sky Blue’s goalkeeper before slotting home to put his side on the cusp of glory.
City threatened to force extra time as Hiwula’s forceful run from deep was halted emphatically by Sweeney, who’s intervention there ensured that he would be lifting the cup in a matter of minutes.
Pierce Sweeney with Tariqe Fosu and the Premier League Cup.