Match ends, Reading 2, Gillingham 0.
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.
- 50RichardsSubstituted forAndressonat 63'minutes
- 39BarrettSubstituted forQuinnat 58'minutes
- 9MendesSubstituted forBarrowat 45'minutes
- 8HessenthalerSubstituted forChapmanat 78'minutes
- 9EavesSubstituted forNashat 74'minutes
- 24CundleBooked at 39minsSubstituted forWilkinsonat 69'minutes
- Brett Huxtable
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Reading 2, Gillingham 0.
Attempt missed. Stephen Quinn (Reading) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left.
Corner, Reading. Conceded by Max Ehmer.
Attempt missed. Josh Parker (Gillingham) right footed shot from long range on the left is high and wide to the right.
Goal! Reading 2, Gillingham 0. Liam Kelly (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Modou Barrow.
Attempt missed. Pelle Clement (Reading) left footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left.
Delay in match Luke O'Neill (Gillingham) because of an injury.
Foul by Conor Wilkinson (Gillingham).
Sam Smith (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Substitution, Gillingham. Ben Chapman replaces Jake Hessenthaler.
Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Stephen Quinn.
Attempt saved. Pelle Clement (Reading) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Substitution, Gillingham. Liam Nash replaces Tom Eaves.
Conor Wilkinson (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Chris Gunter (Reading).
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.
Foul by Tom Eaves (Gillingham).
Liam Moore (Reading) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Substitution, Gillingham. Conor Wilkinson replaces Gregory Cundle.