Charlton’s U18s shared a spectacular 5-5 draw with Sheffield Wednesday at Sparrows Lane on Saturday.
The 10-goal thriller got underway with the Addicks taking a 12th-minute lead courtesy of Sam Keefe, who bundled in following a scramble which ensued from Albie Morgan’s free-kick which rebounded off the left-hand post.
But despite taking the lead, the hosts found themselves 3-1 down at the break with the Owls netting three times in 11 minutes.
The first came from a side-footed effort into the bottom right-hand corner from six yards, before Sam Nwosu was penalised for a handball in the box with Wednesday’s number eight putting away the penalty.
Their third came from a sweet strike in off the post from the edge of the box, but the topsy-turvy nature of the game would continue after half-time, with Charlton finding themselves level at 3-3 just four minutes after the restart.
Ben Dempsey made it 3-2 by stroking home from close range and, moments later, Keefe headed home a corner to bag his second of the afternoon to restore parity.
Charlton were in front in the 57th minute when Alex Willis smashed home a rebound after Morgan had hit the crossbar with a spectacular effort from the halfway line and although the midfielder was denied a special goal, he would get on the scoresheet just two minutes later with a fine strike to make it 5-3.
However, that was the Owls’ cue to stage their own comeback, making it 5-3 with another penalty after a foul in the box with 18 minutes remaining and equalised three minutes later with a headed goal from a corner which concluded an epic encounter in New Eltham.
Charlton U18s: O’Niel, Powell, Nwosu, Keefe, Zemura, Dempsey, Godding, Morgan, Sarmiento (Isiaka 73), Willis, Gody.
Subs (not used): Osaghe, Pollard, Vennings, Barton.
Goals: Keefe 12, 49, Dempsey 46, Willis 57, Morgan 59
Highlights are available to watch here on Valley Pass