EFL Cup
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Reading 2-0 Gillingham

Liam Kelly (right)
Reading were quarter-finalists in 1996 and 1998, their best EFL Cup runs

Reading moved in to the second round of the EFL Cup thanks to Liam Kelly's well-taken brace against Gillingham.

The Royals were held until the 21-year-old's fine strike from the edge of the area broke the deadlock on 71 minutes.

He made the win safe late on, smashing in from close range after good work from ex-Swansea winger Modou Barrow.

Reading goalkeeper Anssi Jaakkola had earlier saved well to deny the Gills' Tom Eaves from what was arguably the visitors' best chance of the game.

Line-ups

Reading

Formation 4-4-2

  • 31Jaakkola
  • 2Gunter
  • 6Moore
  • 8Evans
  • 50RichardsSubstituted forAndressonat 63'minutes
  • 38Kelly
  • 39BarrettSubstituted forQuinnat 58'minutes
  • 22Clement
  • 42Rinomhota
  • 55Smith
  • 9MendesSubstituted forBarrowat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 17Barrow
  • 21Quinn
  • 37Andresson
  • 41Frost
  • 43Legg
  • 51East
  • 56Loader

Gillingham

Formation 3-4-1-2

  • 13Holy
  • 2O'Neill
  • 5Ehmer
  • 12Ogilvie
  • 7Wagstaff
  • 8HessenthalerSubstituted forChapmanat 78'minutes
  • 44Wright
  • 20Oldaker
  • 14Parker
  • 9EavesSubstituted forNashat 74'minutes
  • 24CundleBooked at 39minsSubstituted forWilkinsonat 69'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Wilkinson
  • 21List
  • 22Chapman
  • 25O'Mara
  • 27Nash
  • 30Hadler
  • 33Byrne
Referee:
Brett Huxtable
Attendance:
5,936

Match Stats

Home TeamReadingAway TeamGillingham
Possession
Home64%
Away36%
Shots
Home13
Away7
Shots on Target
Home4
Away2
Corners
Home3
Away3
Fouls
Home11
Away9

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Reading 2, Gillingham 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Reading 2, Gillingham 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Stephen Quinn (Reading) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Reading. Conceded by Max Ehmer.

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Josh Parker (Gillingham) right footed shot from long range on the left is high and wide to the right.

  6. Goal!

    Goal! Reading 2, Gillingham 0. Liam Kelly (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Modou Barrow.

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Pelle Clement (Reading) left footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

  8. Post update

    Delay in match Luke O'Neill (Gillingham) because of an injury.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Conor Wilkinson (Gillingham).

  10. Post update

    Sam Smith (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Gillingham. Ben Chapman replaces Jake Hessenthaler.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Stephen Quinn.

  13. Post update

    Attempt saved. Pelle Clement (Reading) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Gillingham. Liam Nash replaces Tom Eaves.

  15. Post update

    Conor Wilkinson (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Chris Gunter (Reading).

  17. Goal!

    Goal! Reading 1, Gillingham 0. Liam Kelly (Reading) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Pelle Clement.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Tom Eaves (Gillingham).

  19. Post update

    Liam Moore (Reading) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Gillingham. Conor Wilkinson replaces Gregory Cundle.

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