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Report | Charlton Athletic 3-0 Gillingham

Gills beaten at The Valley.

31 August 2022

Charlton take the points in the Papa John's Trophy at The Valley.

Gills left The Valley empty handed after losing 3-0 to Charlton in the Papa John's Trophy on Wednesday night.

Neil Harris made seven changes for the fixture with Shaun Williams returning to the starting XI following injury. He was Captain for the night with Stuart O'Keefe rested.

Dom Jefferies was named among the substitutes as he featured in the matchday squad for the first time since the opening day of the season.

In the ninth minute, Alex MacDonald had a great chance to put Gillingham in front. Williams saw the midfielder making a run across the Charlton defence, and he lofted a through ball for MacDonald. He got on the end of it as he took it towards the edge of the six-yard box before shooting across the goal. His effort was aimed for the bottom corner but went wide of the post.

Moments later, Charlton had a great opportunity of their own. Jake Turner’s pass to Elkan Baggott was cut out by Miles Leaburn, setting up a two-on-one for the hosts. Leaburn tried to cut the ball across the box for Daniel Kanu, but Turner did well to recover and cut out the attempted cross.

In the 15th minute, Charlton took the lead. The hosts took a short corner to Diallang Jaiyesimi, and he played the ball across the box. Lewis Walker, unaware of what was behind him, rushed to clear but put the ball into his own net, leaving Turner with no chance of keeping it out.

Charlton came close to doubling their lead with a few minutes remaining in the first half. Harris O’Connor played a dangerous ball across the six-yard box, which needed a touch to put the ball into the back of the net. It evaded everybody as the ball went inches wide at the back post.

 

HALF-TIME: Charlton Athletic 1-0 Gillingham

 

In the 52nd minute, Aaron Henry doubled Charlton’s lead. Turner initially kept out a free-kick from just outside the box, but the hosts managed to regain possession on the second ball. It was played to Henry on the edge of the area, who side-footed the ball into the bottom corner from 20 yards.

Leaburn made it three just short of the hour. He received the ball on the left of the box and cut inside on his right foot to drill his shot into the bottom corner at the near post leaving Turner rooted to his spot.

Mikael Mandron, who came on at half-time, almost pulled a goal back for Gillingham in the 75th minute. A ball was played out to the right for the striker to go through on goal. He tried to slot it under the oncoming Nathan Harness, but the keeper managed to save with his legs.

 

FULL-TIME: Charlton Athletic 3-0 Gillingham

 

Charlton Athletic: Harness, O’Connor (Dench 67’), Barker, Ness, Chin (Bakrin 81’), Payne, Henry (Williams 82’), Forster-Caskey, Jaiyesimi, Leaburn (Ladapo 85’), Kanu (Campbell 66’)

Unused Substitutes: Ahmed Kone, Karoy Anderson

 

Gillingham: Turner, Alexander, Wright, Baggott, Law, Williams (Jefferies 46’), MacDonald, Lee (Tutonda 63’), Kashket (Mandron 46’), Adelakun (Reeves 46’), Walker

Unused Substitutes: Morris, Ehmer, Green

 

Referee: Sunny Gill

 

Attendance: 1888


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