Sunderland Under-23s 1 Reading Under-23s 1: George Honeyman secures a point for Cats

Andy Welsh, manager of Sunderland Under-23s
Andy Welsh, manager of Sunderland Under-23s
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George Honeyman’s run of good form for Sunderland Under-23s continued with his fourth goal of the season earning a point against Reading.

The 22-year-old was named on the first team bench for the 1-0 defeat to West Ham United at the London Stadium on Saturday.

And less than 24-hours later he was in the Under-23 side taking on Reading at Eppleton.

The hard-fought point means Sunderland Under-23s remain fifth in the Premier League 2 table, with 12 points from their opening eight games.

The Royals took the lead 12 minutes in through Omar Richards after the first attack of the game.

Richards made his way into the box unnoticed before connecting with a cross from the right, poking the ball past Max Stryjek from six-yards out.

Highly-rated 17-year-old Joel Asoro had two good chances to draw Sunderland level but he fired over.

It wasn’t long though, until Honeyman scored the equaliser. He netted from a tight angle in the 38th minute after excellent combination play between Rees Greenwood and Asoro.

The second half was scrappier, with both sides having to settle for a point, with Reading climbing a place to sixth in the table.

Sunderland: Stryjek, J Robson, Brady, Ledger, T Robson, E Robson, Wright (Maja 64), Embleton, Honeyman, Greenwood, Asoro.

Subs not used: Pain, Casey, Molyneux, Pybus

Booked: Greenwood, Brady, T Robson, Embleton

Reading: Southwood, Sheppard, Andresson, Cooper (VanCouten 70), Jules, Meite (Frost 46), Richards, Bennett, Rinomhota, Barrett, Novakovich (Caldwell 81).

Subs not used: Tupper, East

Booked: Richards

Referee: Martin Coy