Wednesday 16 August 2017, 7:45pm at Fratton Park, Portsmouth
Portsmouth
3
Lowe 54', 67'; Naismith 57'
Fulham FC
Fulham
3
Humprhys 21'; Williams 62'; Adebayo 82'

54' Goal

Jamal Lowe

57' Goal

Kal Naismith

67' Goal

Jamal Lowe

68' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Conor Chaplin
Off:Curtis Main

76' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Drew Talbot
Off:Ben Close

21' Goal

Stephen Humprhys

62' Goal

George Williams

82' Goal

Elijah Adebayo

76' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Jayden Harris
Off:Jerome Opoku

79' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Mikolaj Kwietniewski
Off:Mattias Kait

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Fulham drew 3-3 with Portsmouth at Fratton Park in the Checkatrade Trophy, winning a bonus point after penalties.

The Whites came from behind in an action packed match at Fratton Park to earn two points in their opening Checkatrade Trophy match against Portsmouth, before winning a bonus point through a stellar penalty shoot out performance.

Stephen Humphrys opened the scoring in the first half, Pompey fought back in the second scoring two on the bounce with Jamal Lowe and Kal Naismith scoring in quick succession. George Williams was brought down in the box scored from the spot to level things.

Portsmouth looked as though they had won it with Lowe scoring his second, but Elijah Adebayo scored dramatically in the 82nd minute. 

It was a positive start from the Whites. In the first two minutes Jon Dagur Thorsteinsson crossed into the box, Adebayo was waiting in the middle and competed with Alex Bass, Portsmouth’s keeper, with Bass winning the areal duel.

Moments later Williams cut in from the right, firing a warning shot over the bar.

Portsmouth had a couple of pops from distance in the first ten minutes to test Magnus Norman, Adam May tried one followed by Curtis Main. Norman caught their efforts with ease.

11 minutes in and Thorsteinsson was dragged over by a zealous Pompey defender, he and Matt O’Riley stood over the free kick. The Icelandic took it, and Bass caught it above his head but let it slip. He recovered straight away but it was a panicked few seconds.

Portsmouth countered, and Sean Kavanagh made a crucial touch inside the box to stop a clear close range shot.

O’Riley was doing well in midfield, intercepting several balls and putting Portsmouth on the back foot. He threaded a ball through to Williams, who was already sprinting towards goal, marked closely his shot was blocked out for a corner.

Thorsteinsson curled his corner into the box and Jerome Opoku headed on target, however Bass did well to cover his post, making a good save.

The breakthrough came in the 21st minute. Williams worked his way well into the middle of the box and unselfishly passed wide right to Humphrys, he slammed his shot bottom left and the ball flew past the keeper to give the Whites the advantage. 

Thorsteinsson was looking to get his own name on the score sheet, creating the next chance. He cut in on his man from the left and shot hard towards the near post, but Bass did well to tip it past the post and out for the corner.

Portsmouth grew into the game after they conceded, Davies and Opoku did well to intercept crosses coming into their box but Portsmouth had their own opportunity two minutes later.

Main cut in and shot again, this time electing to go across goal and Norman was forced into making a diving save to keep the advantage.

Just before the half hour mark Pompey won a corner, and Tom Davies got a free header, but missed the target. 7 minutes later Jack Whatmough had a similar chance, heading over the bar.


The second half was even more action packed than the first. Williams tried to float a ball into the box, but was picked out by bass. Pompey countered and Naismith shot near post, and Norman kept it out with his legs.

Portsmouth found the first goal of the second half, a clever flick inside the box led to the ball landing at Lowe’s feet. He shot from inside the box, mirroring Humphrys’ goal.

Two minutes later and Pompey took the lead for the first time in the match. A ball was crossed to the back of the area where Naismith was waiting, he struck it first time and found the back of the net.

In the 62nd minute Williams ran onto a searching ball from Thorsteinsson into the area, as he tried to collect close to the touch line Bass clattered into him and the ref blew pointing to the spot. 

Williams took it himself, sending it straight down the middle to bring the game back level.

Portsmouth put their noses in front again in the 67th minute to make it 3-2. A cross flew into the box and Lowe, in space turned and rocketed a shot into the top left corner, there was nothing Norman could do to prevent it.

The Whites levelled with eight minutes to go. Williams and Thorsteinsson linked up well together on the left before the Icelandic slotted a perfectly weighted ball to Adebayo. In between the centre halves, he ran straight at the keeper and squeezed it past him to level for Fulham.

The 90 minutes finished and both teams earned a point a piece, and there was a penalty shootout to decide which teams gained a bonus point.

The Whites did themselves proud from the 12-yard spot, as all who stepped up scored. Williams, Humphrys, Thorsteinsson and Kavanagh. A special mention to Norman who made two fantastic saves as the Whites won 4-2 on penalties, returning to London with two points.

Match Information

Competition: Checkatrade Trophy

Date: Wednesday 16 August 2017
Kick-off: 7:45pm

Venue: Fratton Park, Portsmouth

Portsmouth

Line-up: Bass; Davies, Whatmough, Lowe, Baker; Evans, Main (Chaplin 68'); Naismith, Close (Talbot 76'), Hancoctt; May

Unused substitutes: McGee, Burgess, Kabamba, Bennett, Haunstrup

Fulham

Line-up: Norman; Sessegnon, Davies, Opoku (Harris 76'), Kavanagh; Kait (Kwietniewski 79'), O'Riley; Thorsteinsson, Williams, Humprhys; Adebayo

Unused substitutes: Nabay, Andrason, Ashby-Hammond, Elstone, Pearce

Portsmouth (4-2-3-1)
  • 35Alex Bass
  • 2Tom Davies
  • 16Jack Whatmough
  • 18Jamal Lowe
  • 7Carl Baker
  • 26Gareth Evans
  • 14Curtis Main
  • 22Kal Naismith
  • 33Ben Close
  • 39Joe Hancoctt
  • 30Adam May
Substitutes
  • 1Luke McGee
  • 6Christian Burgess
  • 15Nicke Kabamba
  • 19Conor Chaplin
  • 23Kyle Bennett
  • 25Drew Talbot
  • 38Brandon Haunstrup
Fulham (4-2-3-1)
  • 46Magnus Norman
  • 43Stephen Sessegnon
  • 41Aron Davies
  • 59Jerome Opoku
  • 34Sean Kavanagh
  • 39Mattias Kait
  • 33Matt O'Riley
  • 45Jon Dahur Thorsteinsson
  • 38George Williams
  • 40Stephen Humprhys
  • 48Elijah Adebayo
Substitutes
  • 49Foday Nabay
  • 50Jayden Harris
  • 54Mikolaj Kwietniewski
  • 55Atli Andrason
  • 56Taye Ashby-Hammond
  • 57Michael Elstone
  • 60Isaac Pearce