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U21S REPORT | Charlton 1 Cardiff City 1

Posted: Thu 24 Mar 2016
Author: George Jones

Karlan Ahearne-Grant curls home another free-kick as the Addicks are held in Professional Development League 2 South

George Jones reports from Sparrows Lane

Karlan Ahearne-Grant netted his second free-kick in as many matches as Charlton drew with Cardiff City in Professional Development League 2 South on Thursday afternoon.

The 18-year-old fired the Addicks into a first-half lead at Sparrows Lane, with Kadeem Harris equalising for the visitors after the break to earn them a share of the spoils.

Ahearne-Grant’s set-piece added to his strike against Huddersfield Town at The Valley on Monday afternoon.

The opening chance of the game fell Cardiff’s way after three minutes. Harris picked out Rhys Healey on the edge of the box and, after he escaped the attention of Terell Thomas, the defender did well to recover and get his body in the way of the forward’s shot.

Brandon Hanlan and Alex Kelly almost worked their way into the box on the quarter-of-an-hour mark and the latter then saw an effort well blocked from 18 yards, as the Addicks gradually worked their way into the game.

Charlton grabbed the lead on 31 minutes. Mikhail Kennedy was felled 25 yards from goal and Ahearne-Grant placed the ball down. And, just as he did against the Terriers on Monday afternoon, the 18-year-old whipped the ball expertly into the top corner.

It was another brilliant strike from the forward and he almost threaded Hanlan in on goal just moments later but unfortunately the Cardiff defence were able to snuff out the danger.

Idriss Saadi sliced over the top for the visitors 60 second before the interval and former Addick Semi Ajayi then the nodded over from Jamie Veale’s corner in the opening moments of the second period.

The visitors levelled 10 minutes after the break. Harris jinked away from his man and curled a left-footed strike into the far corner of Jordan Beeney’s net from 18 yards.

Charlton came close to regaining their advantage on 69 minutes when Ahearne-Grant came deep to collect possession and skipped beyond two men. After getting his head up, he threaded Hanlan in on goal but, from a narrowing angle, Cardiff goalkeeper Luke O’Reilly was able to make a good save.

Ezri Konsa’s cut-back almost landed at the feet of substitute Josh Umerah as the Addicks looked for a late winner and, at the other end, Beeney was well positioned to make a smart stop from David Tutonda, following a marauding run forward from the full-back, to ensure that the game finished level.

Charlton: Beeney, Barnes, Edwards (Staunton 55), Konsa, Thomas, Obileye, Kelly (Charles-Cook 78), Aribo, Ahearne-Grant (Umerah 82), Kennedy, Hanlan.

Subs (not used): Maynard-Brewer, Ansah.

Goal: Ahearne-Grant 31