The referee’s half-time whistle at Fulham versus Everton last weekend did not signal a break in the goalscoring at Craven Cottage. As the two teams headed for the changing room, with Fulham sitting on a 1-0 lead, Ickenham Youth FC Under-15s prepared for the experience of a lifetime, as they took to the Craven Cottage pitch to take part in a penalty shoot-out.
Ickenham Youth, who compete in the West Middlesex and Hayes Youth Premier League, took to the pitch in a Fulham Premier League Footballers’ Association sponsored kit, which was purchased for them last season by Dickson Etuhu. Co-ordinated by the staff at Fulham FC Foundation, 15 young players from the Borough of Hillingdon played out a thrilling penalty shoot-out.
For all of the excitement, the man of the moment was goalkeeper Ben Cann, whose sterling performance between the sticks meant that after 14 penalties, the final score was 2-0!
Richard Ennis, Fulham Season Ticket Holder and Manager of Ickenham Youth Under 15s, was delighted with the boys' experience on the day, stating: The team had a fantastic day out. The experience of the Hammersmith End crowd cheering the lads’ goals was something they'll never forget. I would recommend the day out to anyone who wants the thrill and excitement at a great and famous venue.”
If you run a local youth team and are interested in the opportunity to take part in a half-time penalty shoot-out, please contact Stephen Pyke at the Fulham FC Foundation on firstname.lastname@example.org.