Friday 10 August 2018, 7:00pm at Motspur Park, Surrey
Fulham FC
Fulham
2
Davies 41'; Atkinson 80'
Manchester United
Manchester United
2
Gomes 28'; Chong 61'

41' Goal

Aron Davies
Assist by Matt O'Riley

80' Goal

Rob Atkinson
Assist by Matt O'Riley

73' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Jayden Harris
Off:Cameron Thompson

28' Goal

Angel Gomes
Assist by George Tanner

61' Goal

Tahith Chong
Assist by Jon Dagur Thorsteinsson

46' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Josh Bohul
Off:James Wilson

88' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Callum Whelan
Off:DJ Buffonge

88' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Zac Dearnley
Off:Angel Gomes

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Goals from centre-back pairing Aron Davies and Rob Atkinson saved a point for the Whites in a thrilling season opener.

Fulham drew 2-2 with Manchester United in the opening PL2 fixture of the season on Friday evening at Motspur Park. 

United took the lead twice, however, Whites centre-back pair Aron Davies and Rob Atkinson pulled Fulham back into the match from set pieces.

Fulham looked the more dangerous of the two teams in the opening five minutes. Jon Dagur Thorsteinsson whipped a ball across the goal but Cameron Thompson couldn’t get his head on it.

Cauley Woodrow had a half chance, Atkinson opened up the Manchester United defence with a tasty ball over the top.

Manchester United got their first shot away in the 10th minute, George Tanner squeezed a shot on target to the near post but Magnus Norman saved easily enough.

A quarter of an hour in and chances fell for both sides, Thompson did well to shoot from the edge of the area, Ro-Shawn Williams made a good block. Manchester United broke, James Wilson fired across the 6-yard line but no red shirt got a touch to take it on goal.

Mattias Kait went closest in the 22nd minute, at the edge of the area he went for a half volley, his effort flashed past the right post.

Manchester United broke the deadlock in the 28th minute, Tanner had time on the right to deliver a pinpoint cross to Angel Gomes, the winger had space to head into the back of the net to make it 1-0.

Manchester United started pressing harder and took complete control of possession. Tahith Chong pulled a ball back for DJ Buffonge, the number 10’s effort was blocked by Atkinson and the ball ricocheted to Gomes who also had an effort blocked by Davies.

Fulham got back on equal terms in the 41st minute, Thorsteinsson won a free kick 30-yards from goal.

Matt O’Riley looped a ball to the back post and captain Davies managed to sort his feet under pressure to slot past Kieran O’Hara and level things going into the break for the Whites.

The second half was more even, six minutes in and Fulham were very unlucky not to take the lead, Jaydn Mundle-Smith floated a delightful ball to Woodrow in the box, he volleyed a back heal flick at goal and O’Hara managed to keep the ball out of the net.

Thorsteinsson on the hour mark went down under a challenge in the United area, two hands were used to shove him to the floor, but the referee waved it away.

United broke quickly and took the lead for the second time in the match in the 61st minute. Buffonge initiated the move to Gomes, he slipped Chong into the area and the Dutch winger fired with his left past Norman to make it 2-1 to the visitors.

Fulham pressed hard for an equaliser and got their reward in the 80th minute. O’Riley crossed a corner into the box, Williams couldn’t clear and Atkinson was on hand to head into the back of the net to make it 2-2.

Fulham were the stronger of the two teams in the final 10 minutes and were going hammer and tong for the winner, the home side couldn’t find that final moment of quality and in the end the points were shared. 

Match Information

Competition: PL2, Division 2

Date: Friday 10 August 2018
Kick-off: 7:00pm

Venue: Motspur Park, Surrey

Fulham

Line-up: Norman; Jenz, Davies, Atkinson, Mundle-Smith; O'Riley, Kait, Francois; Thompson (Harris 73'), Woodrow, Thorsteinsson

Unused substitutes: Stahl, Opoku, Drameh, Carvalho

Manchester United

Line-up: O'Hara; Tanner, Williams, Garner, O'Connor; Hamilton, Poole; Chong, Buffonge (Whelan 88'), Gomes (Dearnley 88'); Wilson (Bohul 46')

Unused substitutes: Warren, Forstieck

Fulham (4-3-3)
  • 1Magnus Norman
  • 2Moritz Jenz
  • 5Aron Davies
  • 6Rob Atkinson
  • 3Jaydn Mundle-Smith
  • 8Matt O'Riley
  • 4Mattias Kait
  • 10Tyrese Francois
  • 7Cameron Thompson
  • 9Cauley Woodrow
  • 11Jon Dagur Thorsteinsson
Substitutes
  • 12Tony Stahl
  • 14Jerome Opoku
  • 15Jayden Harris
  • 16Cody Drameh
  • 17Fabio Carvalho
Manchester United (4-2-3-1)
  • 1Kieran O'Hara
  • 2George Tanner
  • 5Ro-Shawn Williams
  • 6James Garner
  • 3Lee O'Connor
  • 8Ethan Hamilton
  • 4Regan Poole
  • 7Tahith Chong
  • 10DJ Buffonge
  • 11Angel Gomes
  • 9James Wilson
Substitutes
  • 12Tyrell Warren
  • 13Alex Forstieck
  • 14Callum Whelan
  • 15Zac Dearnley
  • 16Josh Bohul