Hartlepool United v Charlton Athletic RECAP: How it played out as Pools move into the semi-finals of the Papa John's trophy with shootout win

Hartlepool United are one game from Wembley after a dramatic penalty shootout win over Charlton Athletic.

By Joe Ramage
Tuesday, 25th January 2022, 9:18 pm
Joe Grey opened the scoring in the Papa John's Trophy quarter-final. Picture by FRANK REID
Joe Grey opened the scoring in the Papa John's Trophy quarter-final. Picture by FRANK REID

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.

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Hartlepool United host Charlton Athletic under the lights at the Suit Direct Stadium in the quarter-finals of the Papa John's Trophy. Picture by FRANK REID

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

Washington scores

The referee blows and we are going to penalties.

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.

Purrington replaced by Castillo

Molyneux tries to squeeze one in at the near post but Macgillvray gathers.

Grey comes off for Ogle

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.

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