Shrewsbury will take a one-goal lead into the second-leg in their League One play-off semi-final towards Charlton after Jon Nolan’s superb end secured a 1-Zero victory at The Valley.
The department’s third-placed crew, who had completed 16 issues forward in their hosts, absorbed early drive and cleverly purchased time till scoring the target they deserved throughout the spectacular Nolan.
Regardless, Charlton possess one in every of League One’s most powerful squads and to the level that handiest ultimate month they gained 2-Zero on the 1st viscount montgomery of alamein Waters Meadow.
Having been in large part outplayed they’re going to have to noticeably make stronger in Sunday’s moment leg, and seal a in a similar way convincing win if they’re to succeed in the general at Wembley on Would possibly 27.
The hosts – being watched from the administrators’ field by way of their doable new proprietor, Australian businessman Andrew Muir – had made a promising get started.
In handiest the fourth minute, Josh Magennis headed narrowly vast of the best put up following Ben Reeves’ right-wing go.
Jake Forster-Caskey then impulsively adopted that by way of breaking from midfield to the brink of the world, and sending a low, left-footed shot even nearer to the similar goal.
When the ball bounced kindly for Nicky Ajose, the striker ambitiously shot from 25 yards however regardless of connecting neatly his effort was once each prime and vast, and so they thereafter struggled to create straight forward probabilities.
Shrewsbury first threatened within the 17th minute when Nolan, having been fed by way of Bryn Morris, pressured a superb save from Ben Amos after a perilous run and shot from midfield, and the goalkeeper additionally then stored Carlton Morris’ header from the ensuing nook.
Shaun Whalley then performed in Morris from the best, and from 20 yards he curled in opposition to the a long way left put up, the place the diving Amos once more did neatly to parry vast.
It was once halfway thru the second one part when the guests loved some other duration during which they nearly scored. Amos, once more, inspired in punching clean from Whalley’s nook whilst beneath drive.
From a free-kick Whalley then pulled again to the unmarked Nolan, and his curling shot crept simply vast of the left put up.
Charlton’s Forster-Caskey curled an additional free-kick, from the brink of the world, instantly at goalkeeper Dean Henderson, and Ben Reeves then attached neatly with Ajose’s lay-off ahead of looking at his emerging shot clean the crossbar.
Nolan’s successful target arrived within the 80th minute. Following a promising build-up, exchange Stefan Payne teed him up from 25 yards and he attached neatly to shoot past Amos and rancid the bottom of the crossbar.
Magennis’ once more went shut with a header in stoppage time, from some other Forster-Caskey free-kick, however Henderson once more stored to maintain Shrewsbury’s benefit.