U23S REPORT | Charlton 0 Barnsley 5

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An inexperienced Charlton U23 side fell to a 4-0 defeat at the hands of Barnsley at Princes Park on Monday afternoon.

With a number of Jason Euell’s usual development squad members set to be involved in the Addicks’ Papa John’s Trophy clash with Leyton Orient on Tuesday evening, a host of U18 players were drafted in to take on a Tykes side littered with EFL experience, which ultimately shone through in Dartford.

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The visitors started on the front foot and took the lead after six minutes through George Miller, who had time in the box to wait for a cross to drop, before firing an unstoppable half-volley into the back of the net from eight yards.

Charlton came close to a leveller with 14 minutes on the clock when some sloppy goalkeeping from Corey Addai allowed Richard Afrane-Kesey with the chance to fire towards an empty net from a tight angle, but the keeper just about recovered to keep the goal-bound effort out.

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Just before the half-hour mark, the Tykes doubled their lead. A neat one-two inside the box ended with Jordan Green finishing firmly into the bottom left-hand corner, putting the visitors in control.

By half-time, Barnsley were in full control with a three-goal cushion. Seven minutes before the break, the Addicks failed to deal with a deep corner and Daniel Bramall was on hand to bundle the ball in.

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It got worse for Charlton soon after the restart when Green was felled in the box for an early penalty which was chipped in by regular Tykes first-teamer Luke Thomas.

And with 20 minutes left, Barnsley added a fifth and final nail in the hosts' coffin with Miller turning in a rebound from close range after Joe Osaghae had made an initial save.

It proved to be a tough afternoon for the Addicks' youngsters, but a valuable experience all the same for the younger members of the club's academy.

Charlton U23s: Osaghae, Barton, Ness, Taylor, Oguntayo, Appiah, Quitirna, Campbell, Clayden (Beadle 66), Afrane-Kesey (Leaburn 66), Adigun (Burstow 79).

Subs (not used): Harness, Elerewe.

Booked: Beadle 85 (foul on Simpson)


(Photos: Ben Peters)


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