Addicks’ U18 go out of the FA Youth Cup
I had the FA Youth Cup 5th Round game on in the office today and it was a thoroughly enjoyable watch. Our U18’s went down 0-2 at home to Brighton which was no shame as their Cat One academy play in the Premier League and knocked Man City out in the last round.
Brighton are also known for hoovering up young talent from the lower leagues, and abroad including recently our young ‘keeper James Beadle. Ex-Addicks’ academy player Jeremy Sarmiento is also on the Seagull’s books.
It was a frantic wide open game as both sides attacked with pace and plenty of skill. Our left winger Campbell particularly stood out. Daniel Kanu and Miles Leaburn also played, although Kanu was mostly playing wide. Our goalie Ahmed Kone also stood out.
Brighton took an early lead through Ferguson, who was terrific and was in their first team at Tottenham on Saturday.
Their second came just before the hour mark, but it was a game that was full of energy and whilst their superiority more so in organization than anything else meant Brighton deserved to win, the score could have been 6-3 and it was a shame we couldn’t snatch a goal before the end as we never gave up and were aways in it.
Plenty of reasons to be expectant of more exciting young players coming through….. as long as we can keep them long enough to witness them!
Photo credit: Kyle Andrews.
Keep them more than 2 weeks you mean!!
I really enjoyed this game. 1st Half was about equal in chances but where we were missing the target they were on target but Kome was keeping them out.They were better at passing out from the back, but as we got into your stride our closing down and intercepting put us on top and they were restricted to dangerous breakaways. 2nd half started in similar fashion but we gradually faded as the effort took its toll, Brighton taking control.
Great performance-sadly we missed some opportunities to score.
I thought the referee got two decisions wrong early in the game. In the first minute Campbell was in my opinion fouled after he ran onto a Leaburn flick on and was through on goal. If the foul had been given it could have led to a red card for the defender. A few minutes later Campbell was tackled in the penalty area and again it looked like a foul .
It must be remembered that most of the Charlton players were U17 and U16 age groups so we will have a strong team next season if we can retain these players.