Academy Notes: Mack Reilly

Charlton Athletic U18s striker Mack Reilly spoke to Valley Gold for Academy Notes after the recent 3-1 win at Cardiff City.

Mack signed for the Academy at U13s level and has spent the last three and a half years at the club loves to score goals and speaking after the Cardiff match, told Valley Gold:

“We managed to score three first-half goals in Cardiff which was enough to take all three points back home despite Cardiff managing an equaliser.

“Looking in control in the early stages, we were rewarded for our efforts in the 20th minute when a good passing move set Tyreece Campbell away to hang up a cross for me to nod in at the far post to put us 1-0 up. Five minutes later, a lapse in concentration saw Cardiff work the ball from their own half of the pitch to inside the Charlton penalty area where a huge deflection carried the ball over the line for the equaliser – completely against the run of play.

“We took control of the game again shortly after this setback and created some really good goalscoring opportunities. A Jeremy Santos delivery was met by Harry Beadle, who headed into the bottom corner to regain our lead. Minutes later a second ball found its way to Jeremy Santos inside the Cardiff penalty area and his half volley crashed off the upright. We sensed that the game was there for the taking and towards the end of the first half Tyreece Campbell took full advantage of a high line, ran in behind after being found by Terrell Agyemang to neatly chip the goalkeeper for a 3-1 lead at the break.

“More dominance was shown in the second half as a controlled performance led to some really good chances to make the score-line even wider. However, Cardiff managed to keep us at bay and we saw the game out to take all three points back to London.”

The win means Charlton Athletic are up to third in the Professional Development League on 14 points.

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