Ashby-Hammond: Stepping Up

Monday 18 December 2017 13:54

Luca Ashby-Hammond was in goal for the Young Whites as they beat Huddersfield Town on penalties to progress to the 4th round of the FA Youth Cup, where they will face Swansea City away.

Ashby-Hammond made his mark on the match by making some fantastic second half saves, before saving three of the five penalties. 

He also scored the winning spot kick to put Fulham into the next round of the cup.

“It was enjoyable, a bit nervy,” the young shot-stopper said about the match. “I was hoping that we would get a clean sheet and score, but we went to penalties and it was fine in the end.”

Ashby-Hammond may have saved three of the penalties, but he also guessed correctly each time and was just short of preventing the other two efforts. 

“I knew where they were all going, it was just a question of whether I would save them or not. They were good penalties and I was happy with how I did. 

“We practiced penalties on Friday, I also practiced taking them. My penalty went a bit higher than I expected so it looked better than it should have done but it was fine. It was a bit of a drive, a good penalty”

80 minutes into the match Ashby-Hammond was forced out of his box to clear a ball with a diving header when Huddersfield striker was running through on goal. 

“I was going to catch it but realised I was out of the area so I thought I had to head it, a bit of Manuel Neuer in me I guess,” he joked.

“It was a very fun match to be part of, especially playing at a Premier League stadium and there was a decent crowd there.

“I like it when they turn against us, gives it a bit more tension, it was enjoyable.

“I knew as soon as I was stepping up for the penalties there would be some ‘oohs and aahs’, but I was happy to silence the crowd.”

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