The 21-year-old Aussie thwarted Jack Spong and Stefan Vukoje to earn his side the bonus point that was up for grabs in the shout-out, with the teams drawing 1-1 after 90 minutes.

He may consider himself unfortunate to have conceded the game’s opener. Vukoje’s strike on the half-hour mark left him with little chance after deflecting in via Charlton midfielder George Lapslie, to the point that it was later given as an own goal.

And while Lapslie made amends by teeing up a second-half equaliser, Maynard-Brewer went on to take the plaudits with a pair of expert saves in the shootout, helping the hosts to a 4-1 win on penalties.

Speaking after the game, manager Lee Bowyer singled out the shot-stopper and goalscorer James Vennings for praise, as well as the rest of his youngsters he selected.

“I think it was a good run out,” he said in an interview on the club’s website.

“The positives were that, again, at times we got from back to front well and there was a lot of composure out there. We’ve worked on things yesterday and the day before and you could see them trying to do the right things.

“There were a lot of youngsters out there and it’s good experience for them.”

Maynard-Brewer, formerly on the books of Western Australian side ECU Joondalup, was playing in just his third game for the club since joining in 2015.

In recent years he has spent time on loan at a number of non-league sides, but with regular number one Dillon Phillips refusing to sign a new contract and understudy Ben Amos taking his spot, Maynard-Brewer now finds himself the second-choice stopper for Charlton Athletic.

He has featured on the bench in each of the club’s three league games this term as well as two EFL Trophy outings, including the penalty win at Brighton.


Two football federations under fire over handling of grassroots racism incidents

Football SA and Football NSW are both currently involved in stoushes over their respective handling of racism incidents at grassroots football matches.

Four Socceroos set to star in Europa League

Four Socceroos are set to star in this season's Europa League after Milos Degenek's Red Star Belgrade side sealed qualification overnight.

Socceroo scores, assists against Spurs in nine-goal thrillfest

Socceroos striker Nikita Rukavytsya scored against Tottenham Hotspur overnight but couldn’t prevent his Maccabi Haifa side getting steamrolled 7-2 in the Europa League.

Socceroo Mabil to face Liverpool in epic Champions League group

Socceroos star winger Awer Mabil is set to take his UEFA Champions League dream to the next level after FC Midtjylland drew Liverpool, Ajax and Atalanta in Group D.

Two Adelaide A-League stars set for England, France moves

A-League side Adelaide United are set to lose two of their best young players, Lachlan Brook and Mohamed Toure, to English and French clubs respectively.

'Instrumental' Adelaide A-League star joins Greek club

Adelaide United star Paul Izzo has been sold to Tony Popovic's Greek club Xanthi FC for an undisclosed sum.