(Reading win 2-1 on agg.)
Attendance: 4,109 (250 away)
Scorers: Caskey, Scott Date: 24 August 1999
Team: Howie, Gray, Hunter, Casper, Bernal, Smith, Grant, Caskey, Haddow, Williams, Forster.
Subs: Scott (for Forster), Brayson (for Williams), Evers (for Caskey), Primus, V.D. Kwaak
Audio: Nope / Not yet Match Hero: Haddow

From the Peterborough website:

Peterborough United have once again failed to make Worthington Cup progress facing Second Division Reading, the Royals going through to the next stage of the competition at Posh's expense for the third successive season.

After a goal-less first leg at the Madejski Stadium a fortnight ago the tie could hardly have been more finely balanced and although Posh hit back within two minutes of Reading taking the lead, it was the Royals who made the most of a considerably more limited supply of chances.

The turning point came in the second half when a shrewd substitution by Reading manager Tommy Burns introduced the fresh legs of Keith Scott who was soon celebrating a 71st minute goal with his first touch of the night after collecting Darren Caskey's fine pass before rounding Mark Tyler and placing a shot into the empty net. Posh never looked like pulling the game round and were left to rue a string of missed chances in the first hour of the game.

In many respects it was a repeat of the first leg although on this occasion it was Reading who countered Posh's bright start to take the lead. This came on 18 minutes when impressive former Spurs and Portsmouth midfield man Caskey exchanges passes with Martin Williams before scooping his shot over the stranded Tyler. Posh levelled moments later. Dean Hooper found Tony Shields with a pin-point centre that the young Irishman nodded into the roof of the net after escaping the attentions of Reading skipper Barry Punter. Shields looked certain to score a second with a dipping half volley after linking with Drewe Broughton but found Scott Howie in equally good form as he parried the ball to safety. Shields then cut in from the right and hit Etherington's low left flank centre first time only to find Howie again in great form.

'We only have ourselves to blame that Reading are once again going on into the next stage of the Worthington Cup at Peterbororough United's expense. We could have been three or four to the good at half and on another day Tony Shields would probably have finished with a hat-trick. But you can't fault him boy who scored a good goal and brought a couple of fine saves from Reading's Scott Howie. But once again we have created a load of chances without putting enough of them in the back of the net. When you analyse the two games and the number of chances we have created to theirs it is an absolute disgrace that we are not going into the next round, but there can be no excuses. It is fine playing well and making the chances but goals win games and if you don't score them you don't deserve to win.'

From TeamTalk:

Reading had to thank sub Keith Scott for a second half goal which saw them beat Peterborough 2-1, to progress into the next round of the Cup. It was the Royals who took the lead after just ten minutes, thanks to a cracking strike from the former Spurs man Darren Caskey. The midfielder played a lovely one two with Martin Williams, and Caskey slid in to fire a strike into the top corner. Just ten minutes later though, the Third Division side were back on level terms on the night and on aggregate.

Tony Shields got the goal for Barry Fry's side, heading home at the near post past Scott Howie, after a right wing cross. The Royals had to thank Howie for still being 1-1 at half time, as he pulled off two fine saves. First, Etherington's cross saw Shields shot palmed over, and the goalscorer was denied again by Howie, this time the keeper parrying the ball round the post. Half time1-1.

The home side continued to come forward at the start of the second half, and Sean Farrel came close to giving Posh the advantage, but he shot wide after a good run. The vital goal for the Royals came after 71 minutes, and it was sub Keith Scott who made sure of the sides place in the next round. An excellent through ball by Peter Grant set up the former Wycombe man, and Scott rounded the keeper before slotting home.