Charlton concluded the 2021/22 campaign at The Valley in positive fashion on Saturday afternoon, as goals from Jayden Stockley and Chuks Aneke earned a 2-0 win over Shrewsbury Town.
Stockley put Johnnie Jackson’s side ahead on 64 minutes when he headed home his 20th goal of the season in all competitions, before substitute Aneke furthered the Addicks’ advantage four minutes from time with another commanding header.
It was a memorable afternoon for Albie Morgan, too, as the academy graduated marked his 100th senior appearance with a pair of assists.
Johnnie Jackson initially named an unchanged starting XI from the Addicks’ midweek triumph at Cambridge United, though there was an enforced change late on as Corey Blackett-Taylor was taken ill, with Diallang Jaiyesimi starting at left wing-back.
And Jaiyesimi was soon in the thick of the action, forcing Marko Marosi into a smart stop at his near post after just three minutes.
Tyrese Fornah fired a half-volley wide from 22 yards with the visitors’ first opening of note on 20 minutes, before Marosi repelled Conor Washington’s low drive after the striker had latched onto Jayden Stockley’s deft flick.
Morgan delivered a pinpoint corner for Alex Gilbey on the stroke of half-time, , but the latter’s header was comfortably claimed by Marosi.
Into the second period and the alert Craig MacGillivray soon produced an outstanding double save, first denying Ryan Bowman and then keeping out Joshua Daniels’ follow-up effort.
At the other end, Morgan’s hooked ball forward found Washington in racing behind the Shrews’ backline, though Marosi stood firm to foil the Northern Ireland international.
Morgan was the catalyst again moments later, this time delivering an inswinging corner for Stockley to head home in front of the Covered End.
Daniel Udoh then launched Steve Cotterill’s side forward with a lightning break, only for MacGillivray to thwart the striker’s curler.
Minutes later, Gilbey made way for Aneke and the substitute would have enjoyed the perfect entrance but for Marosi, who held onto the forward’s header from a Jaiyesimi centre.
After a lengthy stoppage owing to an incident in the crowd, Morgan swung in an inch-perfect free-kick for Aneke, who powered a header past Marosi to double the Addicks’ advantage.
With seconds remaining, Jackson handed 39-goal academy forward Daniel Kanu his home debut as the youngster replaced Washington.
Charlton: MacGillivray; Clare, Pearce (c), Famewo; Matthews, Gilbey (Aneke 75), Dobson, Morgan, Jaiyesimi; Stockley, Washington (Kanu 90+7)
Subs (not used): Harness, Inniss, Forster-Caskey, Leko
Goals: Stockley 64, Aneke 86
Shrewsbury Town: Marosi; Pennington, Flanagan, Leahy (c); Daniels, Vela, Whalley, Nurse; Fornah; Bowman, Udoh (Bloxham 90+4)
Subs (not used): Burgoyne, Pierre, Craig, Barlow, Caton, Janneh
Referee: Sam Purkiss
Attendance: 11,207 (667 from Shrewsbury)