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U18s march on in FA Youth Cup

Warren Little

The team affectionately dubbed the Baby Whites are moving forward in the FA Youth Cup thanks to a 0-2 win away to Reading. David Lee & Tony Kelly's boys won despite the Royals being arguably the better side for most of the game. The matchup was the young Wanderers' prize for beating Portsmouth 2-1 back in December.

The Bolton youth have had a bit of a recent history with Reading's U18 side. The Royals provided the U18s only loss in the first half of their U18 Premier League season and pipped Bolton to first place in their group table by only a couple of points.

For this FA Youth Cup encounter, Bolton Wanderers travelled to the Madejski Stadium and won 2-0 thanks to goals in each have. Tom Youngs provided the opener in the first half and Chris Lester (who was on the senior side's bench for the home FA Cup tie vs Sunderland) put the game to bed in the second half. Young goalkeeper Jan-Ole Sievers deserves special mention as well as he kept the Bolton side in the match with a penalty save from Tarique Fosu's spot kick.

Reading's academy manager, Eamonn Dolan, took the loss pretty hard:

"Traumas like that is what makes players,"

"You don't want to have them, but we've got a good side. There are some good players there that will go on and grace the first team. Nights like that are great because even with the disappointment, you learn.

"We would never say football is about luck because we're professional people and believe that you play to win."

Bolton will travel to Chelsea this weekend for a U18 league match and then face their fifth-round opponent on February 9.