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Late Leveller Denies U21s

3 September 2012

U's draw 3-3 at Charlton.

The U's U21s draw 3-3 against Charlton.

On a hot afternoon in South London, the U's had t see off two corners from the home team before the U's had their first sight of goal on 14 minutes - Hamilton broke clear from midfield to force a good save from home stopper Sullivan.

The U's youngsters couldn't hold on though, and a late equaliser gave both teams a point.

After going 2-1 behind, Richard Hall's squad rallied and goals from Freddie Ladapo and Drey Wright made it 3-2.

Jordan Sanderson put the U's ahead in the first half but the home side pulled level before the break.

Both sides had the lead in an entertaining match at Charlton's Sparrow Lane training ground but the scores were level when the final whistle went.

They did grab the lead on 25 minutes though, Jordan Sanderson winning the ball in midfield, striding forward and bending one home to give the visitors the lead.

Charlton thought they had equalised shortly afterwards, but Azeez was deemed to be in an offside position as he headed home from close range.

The equaliser did come on 33 minutes. Semi Ajayi was the man on target, heading in Yado Mambo's cross to bring the hosts all square.

Charlton then had another chance as a mix up in the U's defence allowed Jordan to get into the area but his effort was brilliantly saved by Phillips.

Charlton took the lead in the second half after brilliant work by Fox kept the ball in before switching it to Osborne. His cross is headed back to Smith who volleyed home superbly.

Drey Wright then almost scored the goal of the game. He picked it up 40 yards from goal, came inside and smashed the ball against the bar with Sullivan beaten.

Freddie Ladapo got the U's back on level terms with a shot on the spin, before winger Wright did get his goal not long afterwards.

Good work by Olufemi got him in round the back and he set up Wright with a composed finish.

Late on in the game, the home side drew level again - a shot came back off the post and Jordan finished well.


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