Saturday, March 6, 2010

Terrific Carrew, send to Wembley and an FA Cup semi-final clash against Chelsea.

- Long 27,
- Long 42

- Young, A 47,
- Carew 51,
- Carew 57,
- Carew (pen) 90

**A thrilling FA Cup quarter-final at the Madejski Stadium between Reading and Aston Villa finished in favour of the Premier League side after a ruthless second-half comeback from the Villans saw them book their spot in the last four of the competition.

Reading were full of confidence and after a set of corners they breached the Premier League side's defence for the first time. From the first corner, Tabb volleyed at goal from Sigurdsson's delivery, but the ball hit Dunne and went out just wide for another. However, the second delivery was even better, Mills flicking on to Long who headed in from the back post to give his side the lead.

Sigurdsson intercepted a Villa passing move and initiated his side's break. The Icelander turned and produced a slide-rule through ball which sliced open the back-tracking Villa defence. Kebe ran on to the ball and cut it back across the six-yard box where Long again, finished off the move by passing the ball past a helpless Friedel.

The Villa manager must have said something inspirational at the break as his side came flying out of the traps and struck back instantly. Good delivery into the danger area was missing in the first half but Downing's pass into the box that lead to the goal had quality and Carew flicked it onto Cuellar who in turn prodded the ball onto Young, who hammered the ball into the net from the back-post.

Reading had no time to react when less than five minutes later, their lead was wiped out completely.

Downing breezed down the right, looked up and delivered a delicious left-foot curling cross that slapped off Carew's forehead and bulged into the net to make it two apiece.

Young drew his markers on the left before disguising a pass which got Warncok in behind and the left-back crossed into the centre of the box where Carew finished low and accurately into the right side of goal for his second of the game.

After a period in which they appeared completely shell-shocked, the Royals seemed to wake up with a quarter of the match to go and Sigurdsson nearly drew them level but for the head of Ashley Young who cleared his effort off the line.

Aston Villa had to hold on as the game wound to a close but all hopes of any Reading comeback were snuffed out completely when Milner was fouled in the box and a penalty was awarded, which Carew converted from the spot.

It was game over and brave Reading's FA Cup run was finally halted in a thrilling game.

Teams :

Reading: Federici; Ingimarsson, Griffin, Mills, Bertrand; Tabb, Howard (Gunnarsson 59), freedom, Sigurdsson; Long, Church (Rasiak 71)

Friedel; Collins, Dunne, Warnock, Cuellar; Petrov, Downing (Sidwell 90), Milner, Young; Heskey, Carew

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