Charlton Athletic 3 Fulham under-21s 2 – Joe Aribo scores late winner as Addicks progress in EFL Trophy

Joe Aribo and Joe Dodoo scored late goals for Charlton Athletic as they produced a late turnaround to defeat Fulham and qualify for the knockout stages of the EFL Trophy.

The Addicks were trailing 2-1 going into the final minutes of the contest.

Charlton set a record for the lowest ever attendance for a competitive fixture at The Valley. The crowd of  741 – with 67 from Fulham – was even lower than the 817 who attended the 1986 Full Members Cup tie against Bradford City.

Fulham had a dream start when Jon Dagur Thorsteinsson put them ahead with a fine curling effort from the edge of the box with just four minutes played. The Icelandic 18-year-old was a class act.

But the home side were level on the half-hour mark. Ben Reeves had already struck the base of the post from a tight angle but made no mistake when Mark Marshall’s deep cross was headed into his path by a Fulham defender.

Karlan Ahearne-Grant then headed a Marshall delivery narrowly wide of the back post.

The west London club moved back in front on 63 minutes. A counter-attack saw them break in numbers and Thorsteinsson threaded in Cameron Thompson on the left of the box, his shot took a deflection to loop beyond Addicks goalkeeper Dillon Phillips.

But Dodoo brought Charlton level just before the end of normal time. A Charlton corner was not cleared and the on-loan Rangers man headed beyond Magnus Norman.

It was to get even better for Kar Robinson’s side as Ahearne-Grant put in a low delivery from the left which fell perfectly for Aribo to tuck away his first goal of the season.

Please support your local paper by making a donation



Please make cheques payable to “MSI Media Limited” and send by post to South London Press, Unit 112, 160 Bromley Road, Catford, London SE6 2NZ

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick has encouraged everyone in the country who can afford to do so to buy a newspaper, and told the Downing Street press briefing recently: “A free country needs a free press, and the newspapers of our country are under significant financial pressure”.

So if you have enjoyed reading this story, and if you can afford to do so, we would be so grateful if you can buy our newspaper or make a donation, which will allow us to continue to bring stories like this one to you both in print and online.

Everyone at the South London Press thanks you for your continued support.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *