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Nov 4, 2012
Charlton’s U21s fell to a friendly defeat to a strong Southend United side behind closed doors at Sparrows Lane on Tuesday afternoon.

The League Two side sent their first-team to take on Jason Euell’s youngsters for the clash which the Senior Professional Development Coach (U18-U21) felt was well worthwhile, despite the 3-1 defeat.

“The game was arranged at the last minute to play against a first-team because we thought it would be a good test for the boys,” explained Euell.

“It was to get a run out and put them up against a good League Two side in Southend.

“You don’t normally get games against a league side so it was a good challenge for them. It lets them know what level they need to be at.”

The Shrimpers took the lead inside the opening 15 minutes when Will Atkinson’s shot from just outside the box took an unfortunate deflection off Joe Gomez’s boot to wrong-foot Neil Etheridge, who was playing his first game in Charlton colours, and loop into the net.

The visitors stretched their lead after the break through Barry Corr, who took advantage of Etheridge’s heavy touch from a pass back to take possession and roll the ball into an empty net for 2-0 before the Addicks struck what would turn out to be a consolation courtesy of Mikhail Kennedy.

The Northern Ireland U19 international signed his first professional contract with the club on Monday and the substitute celebrated by latching on to Kadell Daniel’s superb left-wing cross to poke home with his left foot at the back post.

That goal put Charlton on the front foot as they went in search for an equaliser, but it was Southend who scored the next goal when Jack Bridge was played into the box to slot past Etheridge and put the game

Read more at http://www.cafc.co.uk/news/article/...closed-doors-2134655.aspx#IjpLL8Qjktr7lI6Q.99