Reading came from behind to beat Cardiff

Reading came from behind to beat Cardiff

Republic of Ireland international Callum O’Dowda scores his first goal for Cardiff in his second appearance for the club

A stunning second-half strike from Tom Ince helped Reading come from behind to beat Cardiff City.

The visitors dominated the opening exchanges after Callum O’Dowda headed them into an early lead.

Shane Long equalized with a penalty after Ince was brought down by Curtis Nelson.

The Royals applied increasing pressure after the break and although chances were few and far between, they sealed victory in style when Ince let fly with a 25-yard thunderbolt.

Having lost at Blackpool on the opening weekend, it was a spirited response from Reading as they embarked on what manager Paul Ince predicted would be a “tough season” following the transfer embargo and the club’s financial struggles.

As for Cardiff, manager Steve Morison will rue his side’s loss of a good chance to build on their win over Norwich City last Saturday.

This is a new-look Bluebirds side after a summer of flux that saw 14 new signings arrive and 10 senior players depart, and it was one of those off-season recruits, O’Dowda, who put themselves ahead in the fourth minute when he nodded in at the back post from Ryan Wintle’s free-kick.

O’Dowda almost had a second soon after but, after taking on Sheyi Ojo, his low shot was saved by Reading goalkeeper Joe Lumley.

It was a bright start from the visitors, with Ryan Wintle dictating play from the base of midfield and O’Dowda and Ojo threatening on the break.

However, the momentum of the encounter soon swung in Reading’s direction as they were handed a draw.

Cardiff center Cedric Kipre misjudged a header from a long ball, allowing Ince to race in behind and beat goalkeeper Ryan Allsop. As Ince lined up to shoot, Nelson was pulled back, who conceded a penalty but was fortunate to be booked with no defender in sight.

The Reading fans called for a red but had to settle for a spot-kick, which the returning Long struck into the bottom corner to score on his first start for the Royals exactly 11 years since his last.

The leveler gave the hosts fresh impetus and they should have taken the lead when Andy Yiadom’s low cross was fired home from close range by Nesta Guinness-Walker.

Cardiff looked to have regained their composure in the early stages of the second half, but Reading continued to grow in confidence and took the lead in dramatic fashion.

Ince took possession about 30 yards out, took a touch forward and allowed the ball to move in front of him before unleashing a fierce strike into the top corner.

Neither team offered much in attack from this point on, with Cardiff increasingly direct and desperate for an equaliser, while Reading were happy to hold on to their lead and their first win of the well-deserved season.



Formation 5-4-1

  • 1Lumley
  • 23HoilettBooked 20 minutes awayReplaced byClarkeat 90+5′minutes
  • 17YiadomBooked 90 minutes
  • 3Holmes
  • 5McIntyre
  • 18Guinness-Walker
  • 10ince
  • 19oven
  • 8Hendrick
  • 14I would goReplaced byabbreviateat 66′minutesBooked at 86 minutes
  • 7longReplaced byEhibhationhamat 81′minutes


  • 21Bouzanis
  • 30abbreviate
  • 33Clarke
  • 34Holzman
  • 35Ehibhationham
  • 37Leavy
  • 48Tuma


Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1allsop
  • 2RomeoReplaced byPhylogene-Bidaceat 74′minutes
  • 16NelsonBooked 25 minutes away
  • 23Kipre
  • 17CollinsBooked 65 minutes away
  • 6Wintle
  • 35RinomhotaReplaced byRallsat 45′minutes
  • 10eyeReplaced byEteteat 73′minutes
  • 19sawmillsReplaced bysungat 74′minutes
  • 11O’Dowda
  • 36WatersReplaced byM Harrisat 53′minutesBooked 90 minutes


  • 8Ralls
  • 9Etete
  • 12sung
  • 15Denham
  • 21Alnwick
  • 25Phylogene-Bidace
  • 29M Harris

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