Charlton's U15s continued their charge to final of the Al Jazira International Cup on Friday with an impressive 4-2 win over PSV Eindhoven.
The young Addicks displayed a good level of maturity and understanding to execute a specific game plan in what was an impressive counter-attacking performance, utilising the speed and individual brilliance of front three Chizaram Ezenwata, Reuben Reid and Raynon Richman.
Charlton started brightly and were always threatening but it was a well-worked corner routine and a fine finish from Zach Cooley that sent the U15s on their way.
The second came quickly after from fine work from Ezenwata who beat two defenders and crossed for Reid to convert.
The third goal was was the pick of the bunch on 32 minutess. Richman picked the ball up on the halfway line and drove at the PSV defence. When in the penalty area he chopped and tricked two defenders to coolly slot home across the goal keeper to give Charlton a commanding lead.
A shell-shocked PSV regained their composure to score just before half time to set up a tense second period.
The next goal was vital in what was proving to be a tactical challenge of defence vs attack and although the young Addicks defended resolutely, they were undone by a breakaway goal with 10 minutes to go.
With four mins left on the clock, Ezenwata chased a lost cause and managed to pinch the ball from the PSV centre-back to calmly slot home the fourth, ensuring Charlton's passage to the showpiece final.
The young Addicks will now take on Spanish side Valencia on Sunday evening at Al Jazira's Mohamed Bin Zayed Stadium.
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