Pools had to come from behind after Mason Burstow and Alex Gilbey cancelled out Joe Grey’s excellent opener.
But Graeme Lee’s side don’t know when they’re beaten in cup football this season and substitute Luke Molyneux grabbed a stunning equaliser within minutes of being introduced.
And it was no less than Pools merited after they created a number of opportunities against the League One side with a penalty shootout the least they deserved.
Ben Killip, who had been at fault earlier in the game for Burstow’s equaliser, redeemed himself with a strong save to deny Elliot Lee and hand Pools the advantage in the shootout following Molyneux’s conversion.
And it was left to Sterry to settle the tie and, just like at Ashton Gate last season, the fullback calmly dispatched from 12 yards much to the delight of Pools supporters.
And here is how the 90 minutes played out.
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Hartlepool United 2-2 Charlton Athletic RECAP: Hartlepool seal 5-4 shootout victory to advance into the semi-finals
Last updated: Tuesday, 25 January, 2022, 22:21
- Luke Molyneux equalises for Hartlepool
- Alex Gilbey gives Charlton the lead
- Mason Burstow draws Charlton level
- Joe Grey gives Hartlepool the lead
- Hartlepool United XI: Killip, Sterry, Hendrie, Odusina, Francis-Angol, Smith, Crawford, Shelton, Grey, Olomola, Cullen
- Subs: Boyes, Liddle, Byrne, Ogle, Ferguson, Featherstone, Molyneux
- Charlton Athletic XI: Macgillivray, Purrington, Famewo, Pearce ©, Morgan, Gilbey, Washington, Matthews, Leko, Watson, Burstow
- Subs: Henderson, Lee, Castillo, Aneke, Blackett-Taylor, Inniss, Clare
The referee blows and we are going to penalties.
90 - POOLS GO CLOSE
Shelton connects well with a dipping volley but it just doesn’t come down enough
Crawford tries his luck from range. It goes behind for a corner.
Pools pass up a great opportunity as Ogle races clear and finds Cullen but with Crawford trying to join the attack as the spare man Cullen’s pass is short and Charlton clear.
88 - Sub
Purrington replaced by Castillo
Molyneux tries to squeeze one in at the near post but Macgillvray gathers.
85 - Sub
Grey comes off for Ogle
80 - Subs
Watson replaced by Clare and Morgan goes off for Lee
Morgan takes the freekick and almost catches Killip out. Nervous moments fro the Pools keeper.