12 goals and a missed penalty – Checkatrade Trophy thrills at Gillingham

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Darren Oldaker scored twice and missed a penalty in Gillingham’s win over Reading Under-21s

Gillingham progressed to the last 32 of the Checkatrade Trophy after an amazing 7-5 win over Reading Under-21s.

Greg Cundle scored after 15 seconds as they built a 4-1 lead, but Reading drew level at 4-4 before the Gills scored three times in the last 10 minutes.

Holders Coventry City bowed out of the competition despite beating West Brom’s Under-21 side 2-1 at the Ricoh Arena.

Ben Stevenson and Max Biamou scored for the Sky Blues, but Walsall’s 1-0 win at Shrewsbury eliminated them.

How the goals went in at Priestfield Stadium

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It was breathtaking stuff between Gillingham and Reading Under 21s in Southern Group B. Here’s how the goals went in:

  • 1 min: Cundle – 1-0 Gillingham, header
  • 12 mins: Wilkinson – 2-0 Gillingham, follow-up after shot saved
  • 29 mins: Wagstaff – 3-0 Gillingham, header from right-wing cross
  • 38 mins: Rollinson – 3-1 Gillingham, scores after earlier goal disallowed
  • 39 mins: O’Neill – 4-1 Gillingham, 25-yard shot
  • 49 mins: Popa – 4-2 Gillingham, finish from 10 yards
  • 57 mins: Medford Smith – 4-3 Gillingham, shot from angle
  • 68 mins: Sheppard – 4-4, header from left-wing cross
  • 80 mins: M’Bo – 5-4 Gillingham, close-range finish
  • 82 mins: Oldaker – 6-4 Gillingham, swerving 25-yard shot
  • 83 mins: Popa – 6-5 Gillingham, finish from through ball
  • 90 mins: Oldaker – 7-5 Gillingham, direct from free-kick

Other highlights

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Ben Stevenson’s goal was his first of the season for Coventry City

Oxford United, beaten finalists in the last two seasons, scraped through on goal difference despite a 4-3 home defeat by MK Dons.

Wigan Athletic, winners in 1985 and 1999, went out as Erico Sousa’s double helped League Two side Accrington Stanley to a 4-0 win at the DW Stadium.

The match was a notable one for 15-year-old Jensen Weir, who became the youngest player to appear for Wigan when he came on as a substitute in the 69th minute, replacing 17-year-old Will McGuffie.

Jake Hesketh scored twice for Southampton Under-21s, but they failed to progress after losing 4-2 on penalties following a 3-3 draw at Northampton.

Jack Byrne and Eoin Doyle both scored twice as Oldham cruised to a 4-1 win over Newcastle Under-21s and Chris Regis scored on his debut for Port Vale as they went through from the same group by beating Crewe 4-2.

Blackburn Rovers’ chances of progressing are slim after they lost 5-3 on penalties to after having Scott Wharton sent off for dangerous play. The game ended in a 1-1 draw.

Goals by Steven Taylor and Jack Marriott gave Peterborough a 2-0 win in their first match against local rivals Cambridge United for 16 years, while Newport County lost 2-1 at home to Cheltenham Town.

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