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YOUTH REPORT: CHARLTON 0 LUTON TOWN 2

19 December 2016

The Hatters scored twice without reply at Sparrows Lane

Charlton Athletic 0

Luton Town 2

Tomlinson 86, 91

A brace from Connor Tomlinson ensured a victory for Paul Driver’s youth team over Charlton on Saturday at Sparrows Lane.

Kavan Cotter forced a good save from the Charlton keeper in the first half from a free-kick, before Town’s man between the sticks Liam Gooch tipped away a goal bound strike heading for the bottom corner.

The Hatters left it late to win the friendly, as Tomlinson broke the deadlock with four minutes of normal time to play.

Kitan Sorunke whipped a free-kick into the Addicks' box, which Michael Shamalo controlled and passed into Tomlinson, who fired in to give his side the lead.

Shamalo had a chance of his own just after, when George Murray’s fantastic volley was well saved, the ball rolled for Shamalo to slot home into an empty net, but he slipped and his effort drifted wide.

In the first minute of added time, Tomlinson doubled his tally for the day, when Kavan Cotter rounded the Charlton keeper and fired at goal, which Tomlinson ran onto and smashed it home to wrap up the victory for Driver’s side.

Speaking after the match, Driver said: “It was a useful exercise, against a category two team, it gave us a good chance to look at the under-16s in an under-18s environment.

“The boys put in a really good shift, it’s not all about winning, but it was good to come away with a 2-0 win.

“The clean sheet is a bonus as well, it was really pleasing to see the lads perform well as a team and hopefully it is something that we can carry forward.”

Town line-up: Gooch, Phelan (Bean), Mead, Jones (Richardson), Shamalo, Cotter, Sorunke, Snelus, James (Panter), Tomlinson (Craig), Murray 


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