U18 CUP REPORT | Erith & Belvedere 1 Charlton 11

U18s celebrate a goal against Erith & Belvedere

Charlton's U18s progressed to the FA Youth Cup third round with a breathtaking 11-1 win against Erith & Belvedere at the Acclaim Handling Community Stadium on Thursday night.

Patrick Casey and Micah Mbick, who both bagged hat-tricks in DA16, were among seven different goal scorers.

It was close to a dream start to the encounter as Henry Rylah was slipped in on goal in the second minute. The winger did well to get the ball from underneath his feet and force a superb save from Toby Waller in the Deres’ net. From the resulting corner, Manu Wales received the chance to fire at goal as he thundered a low effort toward the bottom corner, which was well saved once again.

Shortly after, Charlton received their breakthrough. Sensational work from Rylah out on the right-flank saw him take it past the full-back before swinging a cross towards the front post. The in-form Casey was there to flick home from a tight angle and put the young Addicks ahead inside five minutes.

Just moments later, the hosts equalised as Waller’s long kick released Khemani Aiyanyo through on goal. The winger cut inside on his left foot and wrapped his shot into the bottom corner to level the scores.

It was a fantastic response from Jason Pearce's side as they took the lead once again through Wales in the 18th minute. The midfielder received the ball in the Deres’ penalty box and shimmied it onto his right foot before finding the top corner.

Seven minutes later, Charlton netted their third. Casey was brought down in the box and the referee showed no hesitation in pointing to the spot. The 18-year-old showed no mistake and stepped up from 12 yards, rifling his effort into the bottom corner.

As the interval drew closer, the young Addicks continued to press for more and received their reward with 10 minutes of the first half remaining. Rylah was yet again played in on goal and was on hand to fire his effort into the back of the net.

In the dying embers of the first 45, Mbick grabbed his first of the night. The forward showed excellent composure to latch onto a ball in behind the Deres’ defence and take it round the keeper to slot home into an empty net and extend Charlton’s lead.

Pearce’s side continued their relentless display instantly after the break, netting their sixth just minutes in. A quick start from the young Addicks saw the ball cut back across the box for Mbick to fire into the top corner from 10 yards.

As the clock hit 51 minutes, Mbick sealed his hat-trick. The centre-forward was released in on goal through the middle of the park and unleashed an outrageous left-footed strike into the roof of the net.

Casey was there yet again posing a threat in the Deres’ box as he claimed his hat-trick just three minutes later. Rylah continued to terrorise down the flanks as he blitzed past his full-back and sent a lofted ball across the penalty box for Casey to head home his third of the night.

With 21 minutes remaining of the tie, Kai Enslin added Charlton's ninth as the ball flashed across the face of goal for the winger to tap in with ease.

Jadon Yamoah made an impact off the bench as he netted the young Addicks’ 10th with 15 minutes still to play. The ball was slipped into the path of the midfielder and he fired low and hard into the opposite corner.

Just five minutes later, Pearce's side rounded off their goal scoring through substitute Bradley Tagoe. The youngster received the ball on the turn in the penalty box and fired into the near corner to etch his name on the scoresheet.

A trip to Huddersfield awaits for the young Addicks in the third round of the FA Youth Cup.

Charlton: Sadler; Okwumo, Gough, Ashburn; Rylah, Mwamba, Fullah (Tagoe 68), Wales (Yamoah 54), Enslin; Casey, Mbick (Berry 54)

Subs (not used): Batt, Ogunnowo, Brown, Cann

Goals: Casey 5, 27 (pen), 54, Wales 18, Rylah 35, Mbick 44, 46, 51, Enslin 69, Yamoah 75, Tagoe 80

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