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Kick off 14:00 (UK)

14 May 2022 Venue The Valley Attendance

Kick off 14:00 (UK)

Charlton Athletic U18
3 - 2
Barnsley U18
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Match Previews


13 May 2022

Our U18s travel to Charlton Athletic on Saturday afternoon for their Professional Development League play-off semi-final.

It is the first time a Reds academy side has reached this stage since the introduction of the Premier League Elite Player Performance Plan in 2011.

Our youngsters face the Addicks at the Valley in a 2pm kick-off, knowing that victory in south London will set up a showpiece finale against either Sheffield United or Colchester United next weekend.

Charlton will pose fierce opposition, however, having won their respective division with a handful of games to spare in what was more of a procession.

Within their ranks, they boast some of the PDL’s top goal scorers in Daniel Kanu (15), Miles Leaburn (11) and Mack Reilly (10) as they plundered an astonishing 77 goals in 24 matches.

After suffering a 2-0 defeat at Peterborough United on the opening day of the campaign, the Addicks then embarked on an astonishing 18-game unbeaten run – dropping just four points in eight months.

However, they won just one of their last five fixtures – a 4-3 triumph at Sheffield Wednesday earlier this month.

Compare that to Barnsley, who hit form at the right time as the season reached boiling point, picking up 12 points from their last five games to secure a place in the play-offs.

Last weekend’s defeat at home to Millwall on Oakwell perhaps wasn’t the ideal preparation heading to the Valley, although you could perhaps forgive our youngsters for having one eye on the upcoming semi-final.

Tom Harban’s side will take encouragement from their last clash against Charlton as they came from behind to claim a 2-1 victory at the start of April, with Mylan Benjamin and Theo Chapman scoring late second half goals after Jason Adigun had put the hosts ahead.

You can keep up to date with proceedings via our official Academy Twitter account, starting with team news at 1pm.

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Match Reports


16 May 2022

Our U18s suffered last minute heartbreak as Charlton Athletic produced an inspired second half performance to win 3-2 at the Valley.

This disappointing defeat, however, should not overshadow what has been a brilliant season for Tom Harban’s young Reds.

Barnsley started brilliantly, with Fabio Jalo having the ball in the back of the net within the opening five minutes, but his effott was ruled out for an apparent offside. Our Reds continued to press and had much of the possession in the opening exchanges.

The hosts had their first chance at testing Kieren Flavell’s goal just before the quarter of an hour mark as Jason Adigun fired straight at the keeper from the edge of the area. 

We continued to be on top with most of the ball and were getting into threatening areas but just couldn’t execute the final pass or shot to trouble Ahmed Kone in the Charlton goal.

Even though we enjoyed large spells of possession, the home side still got their chances with left back Toby Bower striking the ball high and wide from distance.

Barnsley had the final chance of the first half, after a great passing move found Hayden Pickard out wide on the left. He picked out Jalo, but the young forward could only volley over the bar.

HALF-TIME: Charlton Athletic 0-0 Barnsley

Jalo broke the deadlock early in the second half slotting in from close range after finding himself one on one with the keeper following a flick on by Harrison Nejman.

The Addicks searched for an immediate response and almost found it as Mack Reilly blazed high over the crossbar from a decent position.

Jalo got his second and doubled our lead ten minutes after grabbing his first with a wonderful goal, cutting inside from the right before curling the ball into the far-left bottom corner.

Flavell had to pull off a great save to few minutes later, keeping Reilly again at bay after striking low from just inside the area.

Charlton threw everything at the Reds and, with 12 minutes left to play, they finally got their breakthrough with Daniel Kanu bagging his 40th goal of the season.

With the home crowd behind them, the hosts had a second wind and a shift in momentum was clear as the Addicks kept on the offensive with our defenders holding strong as they continued to repel wave after wave of attacks.

Unfortunately, the home pressure was too much to contain, and the equaliser came at the start of injury time. Ryan Huke was slipped in behind the defence before confidently slotting into the bottom corner.

Barnsley hearts were broken in the last minute of injury time when a Bower corner was met by the head of Nathan Asiimwe to complete the Charlton comeback and put an end to an incredible season for our youngsters.

FULL-TIME: Charlton Athletic 3-2 Barnsley

REDS XI: Flavell (GK), Pickard, Lacey (Makessi), Joof (Anaman), D Benson, Hickingbottom, T Chapman, Nejman (C), Dyer (Benjamin), Hartley, Jalo.

Unused: Ravenhill, McKay.

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