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U18S REPORT | Nottingham Forest 3 Charlton 2

Posted: Thu 22 Sep 2016
Author: Olly Groome

Albie Morgan

Image by: Kelly Ackary

Addicks made to rue missed chances as Forest edge the five-goal game in the East Midlands

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Olly Groome reports

Charlton’s U18s lost out in a five-goal thriller against Nottingham Forest on Saturday morning.

Despite falling behind to the hosts after 24 minutes, the young Addicks enjoyed a bright first half, but missed a host of chances prior to finding an equaliser just before the break.

Alex Willis fired over the bar following a free-kick routine, while Mustapha Bangura-Williams could not round off a hugely-impressive, one-touch passing move when he dragged his shot wide from close range.

There was finally a breakthrough in the 43rd minute when Willis converted from six yards to make the scores level going into half-time. The visitors could even have found themselves in front in injury time, but Dan Birch’s close-range effort was cleared off the line thanks to some desperate defending by a Forest player.

Charlton did gain the lead that their play deserved five minutes after the restart. Another fine passing move saw the ball make its way to Albie Morgan, who took a touch on the edge of the box before firing confidently past the Forest stopper.

There were further chances to extend the advantage but the Addicks would go on to rue those missed opportunities as the home side found an equaliser with 13 minutes left on the clock. 

And it would get worse for Charlton in the 88th minute when Forest’s left-winger dispatched a low, angled drive into the bottom right-hand corner to seal victory for the home side.
 
Charlton: Maynard-Brewer; Doughty (Zemura 90), Birch, Nwosu, Bangura-Williams; Maloney, Sarpong-Wiredu (Gody 63), Dempsey (Isiaka 74), Morgan; Bah, Willis.

Subs (not used): Prall, Pollard.
 
Goals: Willis 43, Morgan 50