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U18S FACE CHARLTON IN PLAY-OFFS

17 May 2024

Match Previews

U18S FACE CHARLTON IN PLAY-OFFS

17 May 2024

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

Nicky Eaden’s side are looking to defend their title, having beaten the Addicks in last season’s grand final at Oakwell.

The young Reds finished second in the Northern section this term and ended the campaign on a high with a 2-0 victory over Watford in South Yorkshire.

Charlton, meanwhile, were crowned champions of the Southern league and won 11 of their final 12 matches – including a 3-2 triumph against Barnsley – scoring an eye watering 49 goals in the process.

It is the third consecutive time that we have met the Addicks in the play-offs, having originally faced one another two years ago at the semi-final stage. The south-London outfit came from two goals behind to break Reds hearts with a last gasp winner at the Valley on that occasion.

Last season, our U18s exacted revenge in an equally thrilling encounter at Oakwell as Matty Doyle’s extra-time equaliser forced penalties, with Rogan Ravenhill proving to be the hero as he saved the decisive spot kick to clinch a first national title.

This game will take place at Charlton’s training ground and gets underway at 2pm. You can follow all the build-up on our official Academy Twitter account (@AcademyBFC), starting with team news at 1pm.

Sparrows Lane, London, SE9 2JR

Head to iFollow Barnsley for pre-match build-up from Nicky Eaden, Luke Alker, Jonathan Bland, Bobby Hassell, Rogan Ravenhill and Will Thompson.

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