League One - Play-offs - 1st Leg
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Charlton Athletic 0-1 Shrewsbury Town

Jon Nolan scores for Shrewsbury
Jon Nolan's spectacular winner for Shrewsbury was his 10th goal of the season

Jon Nolan's stunning 20-yard half-volley gave Shrewsbury Town a one-goal advantage in their League One play-off semi-final with Charlton Athletic.

Midfielder Nolan struck into the top corner 10 minutes before the end of the first leg, converting from substitute Stefan Payne's deft knockdown.

Nicky Ajose almost levelled within a couple of minutes, but his acrobatic effort flew just over the crossbar.

The second leg is at Town's Montgomery Waters Meadow on Sunday at 17:15 BST.

Shrewsbury, whose automatic promotion challenge faltered with only one win in their last six League One matches, weathered an early Charlton onslaught to take a crucial lead back to Shropshire.

Within the first five minutes, Josh Magennis sent a header wide for the hosts and Jake Forster-Caskey forced a fingertip save from Town keeper Dean Henderson.

Bryn Morris' shot was well saved by Ben Amos at the other end, while the visitors appealed in vain for a penalty when Charlton captain Jason Pearce appeared to play the ball with his arm under pressure from a Town attacker.

The second half lacked the intensity of the first and the tie seemed likely to be goalless at the halfway point, before Nolan popped up with his 10th goal of the season to win it.

Scunthorpe face Rotherham in the other League One semi-final, with the first leg being played at Glanford Park on Saturday (12:30 BST).

Charlton caretaker manager Lee Bowyer told BBC Radio London:

"It was always going to be tight. You've got two teams that are honest and want the same outcome.

"We started the better side and created a good few chances in the first 20 minutes. If we had taken one of them, we go on and win comfortably. But they weathered the storm. We took too many touches at times and created our own problems.

"We could have scored three goals in the first 10 minutes. Now we've got 90 minutes to score two and keep a clean sheet, so is it possible? For sure it's possible. Is the game over? No, not by a long way."

Shrewsbury boss Paul Hurst:

"Charlton have got more than anybody, individual players, on the bench or starting, who can produce a bit of magic out of anything.

"Any team equipped like that is a dangerous one. The boring cliche is that it's only half-time."

Line-ups

Charlton

  • 1Amos
  • 15Konsa
  • 5Bauer
  • 6Pearce
  • 22Dasilva
  • 12ReevesSubstituted forAriboat 77'minutes
  • 3Kashi
  • 19Forster-Caskey
  • 16MavididiSubstituted forFosu-Henryat 62'minutes
  • 9Magennis
  • 8AjoseSubstituted forZyroat 90+1'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Marshall
  • 13Phillips
  • 14Fosu-Henry
  • 17Aribo
  • 23Sarr
  • 27Zyro
  • 34Dijksteel

Shrewsbury

  • 1Henderson
  • 13Bolton
  • 22Nsiala
  • 5Sadler
  • 6Beckles
  • 7WhalleySubstituted forRileyat 89'minutes
  • 16Morris
  • 4Godfrey
  • 23RodmanBooked at 74mins
  • 20NolanSubstituted forJohn-Lewisat 90+3'minutes
  • 9MorrisBooked at 36minsSubstituted forPayneat 75'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Riley
  • 3Lowe
  • 14John-Lewis
  • 15MacGillivray
  • 19Jones
  • 21Eisa
  • 45Payne
Referee:
Simon Hooper
Attendance:
14,367

Match Stats

Home TeamCharltonAway TeamShrewsbury
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home12
Away9
Shots on Target
Home3
Away4
Corners
Home6
Away5
Fouls
Home9
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Charlton Athletic 0, Shrewsbury Town 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Charlton Athletic 0, Shrewsbury Town 1.

Attempt blocked. Patrick Bauer (Charlton Athletic) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jake Forster-Caskey with a cross.

Corner, Charlton Athletic. Conceded by Alex Rodman.

Corner, Charlton Athletic. Conceded by Joe Riley.

Substitution

Substitution, Shrewsbury Town. Lenell John-Lewis replaces Jon Nolan.

Attempt saved. Josh Magennis (Charlton Athletic) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jake Forster-Caskey with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Charlton Athletic. Michal Zyro replaces Nicky Ajose.

Josh Magennis (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Omar Beckles (Shrewsbury Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Shrewsbury Town. Joe Riley replaces Shaun Whalley.

Foul by Josh Magennis (Charlton Athletic).

Aristote Nsiala (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Jake Forster-Caskey (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Bryn Morris (Shrewsbury Town).

Foul by Josh Magennis (Charlton Athletic).

Mat Sadler (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Nicky Ajose (Charlton Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Ezri Konsa Ngoyo with a cross following a set piece situation.

Joe Aribo (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Alex Rodman (Shrewsbury Town).

Goal!

Goal! Charlton Athletic 0, Shrewsbury Town 1. Jon Nolan (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Stefan Payne with a headed pass.

Attempt blocked. Tariqe Fosu-Henry (Charlton Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ahmed Kashi.

Foul by Ahmed Kashi (Charlton Athletic).

Shaun Whalley (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Charlton Athletic. Joe Aribo replaces Ben Reeves.

Attempt missed. Ben Reeves (Charlton Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Nicky Ajose.

Substitution

Substitution, Shrewsbury Town. Stefan Payne replaces Carlton Morris.

Booking

Alex Rodman (Shrewsbury Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Ezri Konsa Ngoyo (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Alex Rodman (Shrewsbury Town).

Attempt saved. Jake Forster-Caskey (Charlton Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Tariqe Fosu-Henry (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Bryn Morris (Shrewsbury Town).

Tariqe Fosu-Henry (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Bryn Morris (Shrewsbury Town).

Attempt missed. Jon Nolan (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Shaun Whalley following a corner.

Foul by Patrick Bauer (Charlton Athletic).

Shaun Whalley (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Ahmed Kashi (Charlton Athletic).

Jon Nolan (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

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