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Tuesday 23 October 2012

Barclays U21s: Palace and Reading win; Xisco treble takes Newcastle top

Reading and Crystal Palace seal home wins; Xisco fires hat-trick for Newcastle Under-21s

  • Dominic Samuel fires in one of his two goals against Norwich at the Madejski Stadium

  • Kwesi Appiah curls Crystal Palace's winner past Fulham's David Stockdale at Selhurst Park

  • Newcastle striker Xisco drives in his second goal against Stoke (Photo: NUFC)

Supporters at the Madejski Stadium and Selhurst Park witnessed home wins, while Xisco scored a hat-trick to take Newcastle United top of Barclays Under-21 Premier League Group 2 on Monday night.

Reading 3-0 Norwich City

The Madeskji Stadium again proved a lucky venue for Reading's Under-21s as over 600 spectators turned out to watch Chris Cummins's side complete a comfortable victory against Norwich.

Though the visitors hit the crossbar through Steven Whittaker in the first half, there was no looking back once Dominic Samuel and Jordan Obita had produced a goal and an assist apiece as the young Royals, who overcame West Bromwich Albion 6-1 at the same venue in August, leapfrogged their opponents into third place in Group 1.

Samuel completed the scoring with his second and Reading's third of the night late on with a strike from just inside the area.

Read full match report here.

Bolton Wanderers 0-1 West Ham United

West Ham remain the Group 1 pacesetters as they responded to Arsenal's win at Everton earlier in the day with a narrow win at Bolton Wanderers.

Fresh from his first-team appearance against Southampton on Saturday, Jordan Spence scored the only goal of the match after 58 minutes, when he connected with Rob Hall's free-kick. The victory avenged the Hammers' only defeat of the campaign and restored their three-point lead at the top of the section.

Read full match report here.

Blackburn Rovers 2-0 West Bromwich Albion

Rovers registered their first home win of the season as they converted a dominant display into two second-half goals against West Brom at Leigh Sports Village. Osayamen Osawe and substitute Curtis Haley were on target for Gary Bowyer's side.

Read Blackburn Rovers' full match report here.

Read West Brom's full match report here.

Newcastle United 5-1 Stoke City

Xisco was the toast of Newcastle last night as his hat-trick propelled the Magpies to a resounding win against Stoke and the Group 2 summit.

On only his second appearance for the club since his arrival since the summer of 2011, the Spanish striker converted Romain Amalfitano's cutback in the first half before finishing off respective crosses from Adam Campbell and Bradden Inman after the break.

James Tavernier and, for the second match in succession, Mehdi Abeid were also on target, while James Alabi pounced for a last-minute consolation for the Potters.

Read Newcastle United's match report here.

Read Stoke City's match report here.

Crystal Palace 1-0 Fulham

Crystal Palace stretched their unbeaten run to three matches as a decent crowd at Selhurst Park witnessed the Eagles complete a narrow derby victory against Fulham.

Though the Cottagers had their chances Kwesi Appiah, returning to Palace following a month's loan at Aldershot Town, scored the only goal of the game on 24 minutes, coolly placing Jason Banton's cross beyond David Stockdale.

Read full match report here.

Wolverhampton Wanderers 3-2 Chelsea

Wolves's outstanding season continued with another victory last night as Chelsea were narrowly beaten in a five-goal thriller at AFC Telford United.

Islam Feruz twice beat the returning Wayne Hennessey to cancel out first-half efforts by Sam Whittal and Liam McAlinden but the latter's second goal of the night proved the difference between the two sides, and took Wolves to within three points of leaders Liverpool in Group 3.

Dermot Drummy's charges meanwhile, now find themselves bottom of the section with five points from seven matches.

Reaf full match report here.

For all Barclays U21 Premier League news, results and tables click here

Friday 19 October result

GROUP 3
Manchester City 1-3 Liverpool

Monday 22 October results

GROUP 1
Blackburn Rovers 2-0 West Bromwich Albion, Leigh Sports Village
Bolton Wanderers 0-1 West Ham United, Lancashire FA
Everton 1-2 Arsenal, Finch Farm
Reading 2-0 Norwich City, Madejski Stadium

GROUP 2
Newcastle United 5-1 Stoke City Northumberland FA

GROUP 3
Crystal Palace 1-0 Fulham Selhurst Park
Wolverhampton Wanderers 3-2 Chelsea, AFC Telford United

For all the fixtures and the latest league tables, click here

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Key Points

  • Reading and Crystal Palace seal Barclays Under-21 Premier League home wins at the Madejski Stadium and Selhurst Park respectively
  • Newcastle United move top of Group 2 as Xisco scores a hat-trick against Stoke
  • West Ham United restore Group 1 lead with narrow win at Bolton