Charlton’s U18s still in the hunt

A convincing win against Coventry City has kept Charlton’s U18s in the hunt for the Professional Development League 2 end-of-season play-offs.

Brendan Sarpong-Wiredu opened the scoring in the 6th minute meeting Jordan Zemura’s curling cross with a cool finish.

The U18’s continued to press with the Coventry goalkeeper making a number of fine saves to keep out Johl Powell and the impressive Jeremy Sarmiento.

The young Addicks’ pressure was made to count in the 15th minute when Luke Carey met an attempted Coventry clearance on the edge of the box and slotted home. Sarmiento’s persistence paid off in the 34th minute when he dipped a fantastic free-kick into the net to make it 3-0 at the break.

Charlton’s dominance continued in the second half when there was a foul in the box on Sarmiento. Alfie Doughty stepped up to send the Sky Blues’ goalkeeper the wrong way in the 68th minute.

Pressure in the 79th minute caused Coventry defenders to panic and their centre-half Callum Martin put through his own net.

A comprehensive win for the U18’s which I’m sure they want to continue when they host Hull City on Friday.

Charlton U18s: Harvey, Birch, Zemura (Isiaka 45), Sarpong-Wiredu, Nwosu, Trialist, Carey (Gody 75), Godding (Vennings 69), Sarmiento, Powell.

Goals: Sarpong-Wiredu 6, Carey 15, Sarmiento 34, Doughty 68, O.G 79.

Photo by Tom West