Fulham’s Under-18s were held to a 2-2 draw at Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday afternoon, but Steve Wigley’s charges remain at the top of the Barclays U18 Premier League table.
Fresh from signing his first professional contract in midweek, England youth international Patrick Roberts (pictured) put the Whites in front when slotting in a coolly taken penalty after just four minutes following a foul on Dean O’Halloran.
Spurs responded positively, and almost levelled when Daniel Akindayini stroked Joshua Onomah’s cross from the right onto the woodwork.
Then came three goals in six minutes, as the first half drew to an exciting close, with Akindayini keeping his composure to fire home Anthony Georgiou’s blocked strike on 38.
Akindayini added his and Tottenham’s second moments later when smashing in from close range after Marek Rodak could only parry Nathan Oduwa’s cross.
Fulham were level on 44 minutes, though, following a wonderful exchange from Josh Smile and Roberts and when the latter lifted a pass into the path of O’Halloran, the young striker applied a confident finish.
After the end-to-end opening period, both teams continued to push for a winner, with Roberts and O’Halloran seeing half chances come and go. Aaron Redford did have the ball in the back of the net for the Whites, but his effort was judged offside.
At the other end, Connor Ogilvie rattled the crossbar when striking a fine effort from a Harry Winks corner.
Having seen off Spurs in the FA Youth Cup the previous week, there would be no late winner this time for the Whites as Wigley’s team had to settle for a share of the points.
Fulham U18s: Rodak; Sheckleford, Baba, Burgess, Evans; Smile, Nabay (Elworthy 60), Sambou, Leacock-McLeod (Redford 65); Roberts; O’Halloran.