Reading XI 0 Argyle XI 2
TWO goals from Tyler Harvey helped the Pilgrims to a 2-0 friendly victory against Premier League Reading's Category One Academy side, with an additional sprinkling of professionals.Harvey's growing reputation has led to the club offering him a professional contract and he joined a mixture of first year professionals and youth team players in travelling to Berkshire on Wednesday morning.
The game began with the Royals testing Argyle goalkeeper Ollie Chenoweth, who did well to turn the ball around his post but it was Argyle who came back strongly.
A quick 15th minute free kick, from Jared Sims, bounced in the Reading box for Harvey to react in a flash and fire the ball past the Reading 'keeper.
Argyle were now the more dominant side and Jordan Berry came very close to doubling the lead after good play from the midfield.
Then, on the stroke of half time, Jordan Copp fired narrowly over the bar from 20 yards, to finish a strong first half display from the Pilgrims.
The visitors began the second period in the same vein with good attacking play down the right forcing the Reading defence to clear the first of three successive crosses.
The Pilgrims deservedly notched their second goal on 66 minutes as Sims won the ball in the middle of the park before threading a fine pass through for Harvey to place his second goal past the advancing keeper.
Harvey then had a good chance for his hat-trick after taking River Allen's great pass but the keeper saved well.