Pierce lifts Pre­mier League Cup for Read­ing

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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.

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