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Bromley FC 0 CAFC XI 2

Posted: Mon 30 Jul 2012
Author: Jimmy Stone

Danny Hollands shakes hands with Hakeem Araba of Bromley FC

Image by: Edmund Boyden

Young Charlton side beats Bromley

Jimmy Stone reports from Hayes Lane

A youthful CAFC XI made up of young professionals and triallists confidently saw off of a plucky Bromley FC side 2-0 on Saturday.

After a quiet first half, the Addicks scored twice in the second period and left their non-League opponents without a reply.

A stunning free-kick from Ruben Bover Izquierdo and a composed finish from Joe Pigott won a scruffy friendly against a Bromley side that rarely threatened Dillon Phillips' goal.

The big news before kick-off was the return of midfielder Danny Hollands, after a toe operation had kept the midfielder out for most of Charlton's pre-season campaign.

After his brief cameo against Barnet on Thursday night, Phillips started in goal, with Jordan Cousins and Morgan Fox operating as full-backs.

Triallist and former Tottenham Hotspurs defender Dorian Dervite partnered Semi Ajayi at centre-back, while Hollands, captain for the day, joined in a three-man midfield with young Spaniard Bover and Bradley Jordan.

Young duo Callum Harriott and Adebayo Azeez flanked Michael Smith in the 4-3-3 formation that has been adopted by the Addicks in recent weeks.

It was Bromley who were first to threaten when, after just five minutes, a cross from right-back Sanchez Ming fell to Mike Jones, who curled wide. 

Three minutes later, Bover effortlessly split Bromley's backline with a wonderful throughball and set Azeez through on goal. However, the young striker hesitated allowing Bromley centre-back Moses Swaibu to get in an excellent block.

Bromley were struggling to find a foothold and a minute later a Bradley Jordan cross was met by Smith, who headed against the back of Sanchez Ming. Muted claims for handball were waved away.

Bromley created the next opportunity and perhaps should have taken the lead. Another great run and cross from right-back Ming was poked wide by Michael Malcolm.

Charlton were struggling to keep the ball and growing impatient. Azeez was caught offside three times before the Addicks created their next opportunity.

When it came, they certainly should have done better. Bover picked up a loose Bromley pass and strolled past Liam Harwood. The Spaniard had just Joe Welch in the Bromley goal to beat, but ballooned his shot well over the bar.

With that, the referee blew for half-time.

The second half started with James Ashton replacing Harriott and Charlton quickly got into their stride.

Bradley Jordan was tripped on the edge of the box and Bover stepped up to fire in a sensational left-footed free-kick. The Addicks were up and running. 

Subsitute goalkeeper George Howard had barely touched the ball when Bover smashed the free-kick to the stopper's right.

Howard could only wave at it as it flew passed him and threatened to break the net.

After Bover's wonder-strike, a string of substitutions and stoppages gave the game a disjointed feel and both sides struggled to get into their stride.

Jones fired hopelessly wide after Phillips flapped at a Tony Finn corner, while Charlton triallist Dean Florence fired straight at Howard after robbing Ali Fuseini in midfield. 

Then, with just 14 minutes remaining, Charlton finally killed off their non-League opponents. Fabio Sairava's excellent pass found Pigott through on goal, and with just Howard to beat, Pigott confidently slotted home, and Charlton were home and dry.

Despite a string of late Bromley corners, the young Addicks side defended well and saw the game out with relative ease.

CAFC XI: Phillips, Fox, Dervite (Osborne 56), Ajayi, Cousins (Sairava 62), Harriott (Ashton 46), Hollands (Florence 56), Bover (Muggeridge 62), Jordan, Smith (Piggot 56), Azeez (Lusamba 56).

Bromley FC: Welch (Howard 46), Ming, Patterson (Peach 77), Fuseini, Swaibu, Harwood, Joseph-Dubois (Finn 46), Jones, Araba (McDonnell  77), Malcolm (Williams 66), Rhule (Goldberg 46)

Ref:Mr I Bentley