Preview: U23s vs Charlton Athletic (H)
All you need to know ahead of Monday night’s Professional Development League clash against the Addicks.
Fixture: Hull City U23s v Charlton Athletic U23s
Where: Eon Visual Stadium
When: Monday 4th September 2017
Jon Beale’s side go in search of a first league win of the season when they host Charlton Athletic at the Eon Visual Media Stadium this evening.
The Tigers have endured a frustrating start to the new Professional Development League campaign with three straight defeats at the hands of QPR, Watford and Colchester United, but will be looking to produce a response when the Addicks make the long trip to East Yorkshire.
Match updates from tonight’s game will be available via Twitter by following @Tigers_Academy, while a match report will be available on both www.hullcitytigers.com and www.hulltigersacademy.com.
Ticket Details: Admission to tonight's game is free for Members, with a charge of £4 adults and £2 concessions at the turnstiles for non-Members.
How They Fare: Charlton Athletic U23s
League Position: 10th (South)
League Wins: 0
League Draws: 1
League Defeats: 2
League Goals Scored: 2
League Goals Conceded: 5
League Form: L L D
Last Time Out: Charlton Athletic U23s 0 Huddersfield Town U23s 0
Charlton’s U23s were left waiting for their first victory of the season after playing out a goalless draw with Huddersfield Town at The Valley.
Although Jason Euell’s side were on top throughout, a number of chances came and went without the Addicks taking advantage of their dominance to seal all of the points against the Terriers.
Charlton: Beeney; Barnes, Bowry, Cummings (Yao 52), Edwards; Carter, Maloney, Lapslie; Yamfam (Anderson 75), Umerah, Hackett-Fairchild.
Subs Not Used): Maynard-Brewer, Fernandes, Mascoll.
One-To-Watch: Josh Umerah
Josh Umerah has been a consistent scorer of goals since he joined Charlton at U11 level.
A strong, powerful frontman he has lifted both the Professional Development League 2 national title as an U18 and the PDL2 South title on two occasions as a member of the Addicks’ development squad.
Umerah made his senior debut against Hull City in 2016 and has gone on to represent the first team on more than one occasion since then.
Previous Meeting: Charlton Athletic U23s 3 Hull City U23s 3 (W5-4 on Pens)
The Tigers secured their place in the Professional Development League play-off final with a dramatic penalty shoot-out victory over Charlton Athletic following a 3-3 draw at The Valley.
A thoroughly entertaining match from start to finish, the game ended goalless after 90 minutes to take the tie to what would prove to a be an extraordinary additional 30 minutes.
The Tigers opened the scoring two minutes into the first period of extra-time when Jarrod Bowen headed home from a corner before Johan Ter Horst doubled the lead with a header of his own ten minutes later.
However, the hosts came roaring back and levelled the scores before the extra-time interval courtesy of goals from Brandon Hanlan and Karlan Ahearne-Grant. Things then went from bad to worse for Jon Beale’s side as Regan Charles-Cook made it 3-2 to the Addicks four minutes into the second period.
A crazy night of football then saw one final twist at the death when substitute Jonathan Edwards found the back of the net with a well-taken header in the final minute to send the tie to penalties.
Charles-Cook was first to step up for the hosts, but his weak penalty was kept out by Charlie Andrew and Robbie McKenzie gave the Tigers an early advantage with a composed finish from the spot.
Alfie Doughty made no mistake from Charlton’s second, but Bowen kept the Tigers’ noses in front. Reeco Hackett-Fairchild squeezed his effort past Andrew before Edwards made it 3-2 with a confident finish.
George Lapslie made it 3-3 with the hosts’ fourth penalty, but parity proved to be short-lived as Olley made no mistake with his effort from 12 yards.
Ahearne-Grant kept Charlton’s hopes alive meaning Josh Clackstone had the chance to be the Tigers’ hero as he stepped to take his side’s fifth and final penalty and the substitute confidently slotted the ball past Dimitar Mitov to set-up an all-Yorkshire final against Sheffield Wednesday.