U21 CUP REPORT | Norwich City 4 Charlton 2


Charlton's U21s suffered defeat in Premier League Cup action on Friday night as a second-half comeback from Norwich City saw the hosts prevail at the Lotus Training Centre.

Tolu Ladapo and Toby Bower fired the young Addicks ahead at the interval, however a brace from Kenneth Aboh and goals from Errol Mundle-Smith and Elliot Myles saw the Canaries claim a 4-2 victory.

The hosts started the game on the front foot and had a handful of opportunities to take the lead, but it was Chris Lock’s side who drew first blood through Ladapo, assisted by Henry Rylah.

Shortly after the opener, Charlton came close to extending the lead through Jason Adigun, who rifled an effort against the post.

Just moments later, Norwich were awarded a penalty. Aboh stepped up from 12 yards but Prince Adegoke made a superb save and keep the Addicks ahead.

Shortly after, Lock’s side doubled their lead through Bower. The full-back received the ball on the edge of the box and fired a left-footed effort goalwards and into the back of the net.

Aboh netted his first of the night just moments after the hour-mark, heading past Adegoke inside the penalty box. Netting his second just eight minutes later, reacting fast and firing in from close range after the ball ricocheted off the bar and Adegoke’s back.

With eight minutes remaining of the encounter, Norwich took the lead through Mundle-Smith who headed in the rebound from a superb free-kick strike from Gabriel Forsyth.

Two minutes after the restart, the Canaries extended their lead and rounded off the scoring through Myles as he rifled an effort into the top corner.

Up next for Lock’s side is a trip to Watford on Tuesday in Professional Development League 2 - South.

Charlton: Adegoke; Hobden, Gough, Bakrin (Danso 63), Bower; Dench, Santos (Enslin 75), Adigun; Rylah (Wales 88), Casey (Mbick 63), Ladapo

Subs (not used): Sadler

Goals: Ladapo 11, Bower 29

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