Charlton U21 2-1 Coventry City U21

A young Charlton U21 side continued their 100 per cent start to the 2022/23 campaign with a 2-1 triumph over Coventry City on Tuesday afternoon.

No less than 11 U18 players were involved at Princes Park, seven of whom featured from the off as first-half strikes from Ryan Huke and Sahid Kamara earned the young Addicks an impressive victory against the reigning Professional Development League 2 champions.

The young Addicks enjoyed the first sight of goal on eight minutes through Huke, who saw his curling effort turned behind by visiting stopper Tom Billson.

Huke fired Charlton ahead just moments later, lashing home a thunderous half-volley after the ball had fallen invitingly for the 17-year-old inside the Sky Blues’ 18-yard box.

The Addicks’ lead would prove to be short-lived though, as Danny Cashman capitalised on a loose pass from Harvey Kedwell and rifled into the roof of the net to draw the visitors level.

A well-worked Charlton move culminated with Kamara restoring the hosts’ advantage on 32 minutes. Nathan Asiimwe fed the advancing Kamara, who shifted the ball onto his left foot before unleashing a low, drilled finish past Billson.

Kamara very nearly extended the Addicks’ advantage minutes later, only for Billson to produce a fine save to tip over the 18-year-old’s rasping drive from range.

The hosts received a huge let-off six minutes after the restart as Cashman again exploited a stray pass, this time from Jason Adigun, but the forward’s 30-yard lob struck the foot of Ahmed Kone’s right upright with the stopper left stranded.

The Sky Blues continued to push for parity as the game grew old, but the Addicks defended valiantly to the end to ensure they claimed maximum points once again.

Charlton: Kone; O’Connor (Hobden 46), Mitchell (c), Asiimwe, Bower; Adigun, Kedwell, Huke; Kamara (Casey 67), Okechukwu (Rylah 67), Reilly (Okwumo 90+3)

Subs (not used): Molyneux

Goals: Huke 11, Kamara 32

Report: charltonafc.com
Photo: Tom West