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

  • 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

  • 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

Match ends, Reading 2, Gillingham 0.

Full Time

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!

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

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

Substitution, Gillingham. Liam Nash replaces Tom Eaves.

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

Foul by Chris Gunter (Reading).

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.

Foul by Tom Eaves (Gillingham).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Gillingham. Conor Wilkinson replaces Gregory Cundle.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Axel Óskar Andresson replaces Omar Richards because of an injury.

Delay in match Omar Richards (Reading) because of an injury.

Tom Eaves (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Andy Rinomhota (Reading).

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Stephen Quinn replaces Josh Barrett.

Scott Wagstaff (Gillingham) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Omar Richards (Reading).

Attempt saved. Liam Moore (Reading) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Jake Hessenthaler.

Attempt missed. Liam Kelly (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Attempt saved. Tom Eaves (Gillingham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Anssi Jaakkola.

Connor Ogilvie (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Modou Barrow (Reading).

Scott Wagstaff (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Omar Richards (Reading).

Attempt missed. Modou Barrow (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Foul by Tom Eaves (Gillingham).

Chris Gunter (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Darren Oldaker (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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