Charlton’s U18s began their Premier League Cup campaign with a convincing 3-1 win at Wolves on Saturday.
The young Addicks enjoyed the lion’s share of possession from the outset at Compton Park but were forced to wait until the 40th minute to take the lead following a well-worked move. Midfielder Ralfi Hand provided the finish, rifling an effort across the goalkeeper and into the bottom corner.
Henry Rylah soon did likewise, intelligently running in behind the Wolves’ defence and converting a half-volley past Jimmy Storer to double Charlton’s advantage on the strike of half-time.
The hosts started the second period brightly and were given a golden opportunity to halve the deficit five minutes after the restart when the referee pointed to the spot. Up stepped Owen Farmer from 12 yards and the striker guided the ball past the outstretched Henry Molyneux.
Patrick Casey restored the Addicks’ two-goal lead 15 minutes from time, carving out a yard of space inside the 18-yard box and clinically finishing across goal to earn his side victory.
U18 Lead Coach Danny Senda was delighted with the manner of his side’s performance. He said: “It was really pleasing given that we’ve only had a short period of time to work with the players since myself and Hamza [Serrar, Senior Professional Development Phase Lead Coach] changed roles. The message was just to be consistent with what we’ve been doing.
“We added one or two bits and pieces in terms of what we would do without the ball. What I felt was really great was how quickly the players were able to take that information on. The performance was very, very good. The scoreline could have been even more comfortable had we been that bit more clinical in front of goal, but all-round it was a good performance.”
Charlton: Molyneux, Okwumo, Bower, Kedwell, Gough, Asiimwe, Rylah, Hand (Hunter 73), Casey, Huke, Enslin
Subs (not used): Mbick, Abnett, Myers
Goals: Hand 40, Rylah 45, Casey 75