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Academy U19s - Match centre

Tonbridge Angels
Charlton Athletic
Wed 2 May 19:00 - Friendly Full time Attendance 65

First match for reformed Angels Academy ends in defeat

Encouraging signs against strong Charlton Athletic side

The reformed Angels Academy played their first match on Wednesday 2nd May and they couldn’t have chosen a much harder task in selecting the opposition - a home friendly against Charlton Athletic Academy.

Angels Academy Manager and 1st team captain, Tom Parkinson, admitted that his team had been somewhat “thrown together” following a number of open trials sessions and they were playing a side in Charlton Athletic who had trained and played matches together over a period of time and operated at a level that his own young players could at this stage only aspire to .

That said the home side acquitted themselves very well and were confident enough to take the lead in the 27th minute through Josh Stirman following a corner and that was the way it stayed until the visitors equalised on the stroke of half time. In fairness they had threatened before that, but stout defending including some excellent saves from keeper Tommy Taylor had kept the Addicks at bay.

Charlton Athletic made some substitutions at the break and that appeared to turn the tide with a performance that the Angels at times found difficult to deal with. The quality of movement and passing translated itself into goals in the 49th, 55th, 69th(penalty), 82nd and 90th minute to give a final scoreline of 6-1 to the visitors.

It was not however all one way traffic, and the Angels did carve out some clear cut chances on the hour mark, and in the 75th, 80th and 82nd Minutes but unfortunately were unable to apply the finishing touches. Nonetheless Parkinson will have been pleased with the application and spirt of his newly formed side.

Afterwards, he commented: “It’s unlikely we shall be meeting a team of Charlton’s level in a competitive match in the immediate future and I think everyone would have been able to see the difference in class. However, after a bit of a break from football while the boys take some GCSE’s we will get back together for Training in July and also induction for their all important academic studies at Hugh Christie Technology College.

The Angels were sporting some brand new kit embellished with the McDonalds logo part of the worldwide franchise’s initiative in supporting local community projects including youth football.

Angels lineup

1. Tommy Taylor
2. Regan Bowden
3. Darren Cooper
4. Josh Dowling
6. Harrison Mayhew
7. Faz Abassi
8. Elliott Capel
9. Tom Hylton
10. Josh Stirman
11. Zak Wolvey
12. Jacob Lambert

14. Tyler Richardson
15. Ned Lewis
16. Harry Hudson
17. Sam Babayale

19. Joe Roberts
9. Elliott McKimm
No number Sam Slipper
5. Tom Nolan
2nd half goalkeeper. Joe Roberts

Charlton Athletic lineup

1. Harry Whitling
2. Harry Beadle
3. Kai Garande
4. Jimmy Appiah
5. Demi Elewere
6. Charlie Barker
7. Jeremiah Medina
8. Jeremy Santos
9. Jack Jenkins
10. Harry Weekes
11. Andre Thompson-Faeron

12. Jack Smith
14. Aaron Henry
15. Euan Williams
16. Richard Chin
19. Troy Silvera

Team selection

Team selection has not been published for this fixture yet.


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