Monday 28 April 2014, 7:45pm at Craven Cottage, London
Fulham FC
Fulham U18s
3
Dembele 70'; Hyndman 71'; Burgess 79'
Chelsea
Chelsea U18s
2
Jay da Silva 49'; Musonda 85'
It’s advantage Fulham in the FA Youth Cup Final after a thrilling First Leg win over Chelsea.

70' Goal

Moussa Dembele

71' Goal

Emerson Hyndman

79' Goal

Cameron Burgess

44' Yellow Card

Cameron Burgess Card was given for a foul

30' Missed Penalty

Moussa Dembele

63' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Dean O'Halloran
Off:Joshua Smile

86' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Noe Baba
Off:Jordan Evans

49' Goal

Jay da Silva

85' Goal

Charly Musonda

42' Yellow Card

Isak Ssewankambo Card was given for a foul

59' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Kasey Palmer
Off:Jordan Houghton

73' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Charly Musonda
Off:Dominic Solanke

78' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Fankaty Dabo
Off:Jake Clarke-Salter

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It’s advantage Fulham in the FA Youth Cup Final after the Whites earned a thrilling 3-2 First Leg win over Chelsea at Craven Cottage on Monday.

After Moussa Dembélé had missed a first-half penalty when he got a chipped effort all wrong, Chelsea went in front early in the second half through Jay Dasilva.

But Fulham turned the game on its head with two goals in as many minutes. First, Dembélé made amends for his spot-kick miss by heading home in the 69th minute, before Emerson Hyndman saw a deflected effort beat Bradley Collins soon after.

The impressive Cameron Burgess then capped a fine display to make it 3-1 to the Whites with a header in the 79th minute but Chelsea substitute Charly Musonda reduced the arrears with a low shot on 85.

There were some nervy moments for Fulham thereafter but they held on to take the slender victory into the Second Leg.

Chelsea made the brighter start, with Charlie Colkett seeing a low shot held by Marek Rodàk in the second minute. The Fulham goalkeeper then saved from Ruben Loftus-Cheek 60 seconds later after the Blues player had found a way past Hyndman on the edge of the box.

And Rodàk had to make another save in the 10th minute when Isaiah Brown chested down a long diagonal pass and cut inside. His shot took a deflection off Liam Donnelly and Rodàk saved with his legs to turn the ball behind.

Fulham’s first sight of goal came in the 16th minute but Donnelly headed Hyndman’s corner well wide.

Dembélé then almost bundled his way through after good work by Hyndman but Chelsea were saved by a last-ditch tackle by Andreas Christensen.

Fulham saw penalty appeals waved away in the 22nd minute when George Williams went down under a challenge from Isak Ssewankambo. Donnelly was then slightly lucky to get away with just a word in his ear from the referee after a late tackle on Loftus-Cheek pole-axed the Chelsea captain and saw him land awkwardly on his head. After several minutes of treatment, Loftus-Cheek was cleared to continue.

Williams then saw a second penalty claim turned down when Ssewankambo appeared to handle the ball during a tussle with the Fulham winger.

But Fulham did win a penalty in the 28th minute. Patrick Roberts, quiet until that point, picked up the ball on the right wing before bursting past two players and cutting inside. His ankles were clipped by Ola Aina, with referee Jon Moss pointing to the spot and showing a yellow card to the Chelsea player. Dembélé stepped up to take the penalty and tried an audacious ‘Panenka’ style chip which clipped the top of the crossbar and went over to the delight of the Chelsea fans in the Putney End.

At the other end, good skill by Dasilva saw him squirm into space before pulling a cross back for Dominic Solanke. His shot beat Rodàk but was stopped on the line by Cameron Burgess who then did well to get to the loose ball ahead of Brown. Moments later, Rodàk saved Colkett’s close-range shot at his right-hand post after the Chelsea midfielder had ghosted into space.

The Slovakian keeper palmed away a shot by Solanke in the 39th minute but could then only watch as an effort by Jordan Houghton was deflected inches over his own bar by Burgess.

Ssewankambo went into the book in the 42nd minute for catching Williams as their personal battle continued and Burgess was shown a yellow card soon after for sending Brown tumbling into the advertising hoardings.

The second half was just a few minutes old when Chelsea went in front. Brown picked up the ball on the halfway line and thundered towards goal before passing to Dasilva in the area. He took a touch before arrowing a left-footed shot past Rodàk and into the far corner of the net.

Fulham responded with Burgess meeting a Hyndman free-kick to the far post but seeing his towering header cleared from near the line by Christensen.

Ssewankambo nodded a yard or two wide in the 54th minute after rising to meet a corner and Burgess made a great block to deny Houghton moments later.

Steve Wigley made his first substitution just after the hour mark, with Dean O’Halloran replacing Josh Smile and Fulham were level in the 69th minute. Persistence by O’Halloran saw him win a corner off Ssewankambo and Hyndman’s set-piece was met by Dembélé who powered a header past Collins from six yards.

Chelsea almost went immediately back in front but Rodàk saved from Dasilva and Fulham went straight down the other and scored. Hyndman picked up the ball in the middle of the park and with no tackle forthcoming moved forward and let fly. His effort took a deflection off Christensen to totally wrong-foot Collins and go in off the post.

It was 3-1 to Fulham in the 78th minute. O’Halloran’s corner was met at the far post by Donnelly who headed it back across goal for his defensive partner Burgess to nod in from close range.

The dangerous Dasilva forced Rodàk into a save with a diving header in the 82nd minute but Chelsea pulled one back soon after when substitute Musonda was found in space and saw his low shot go through a crowd of Fulham players and in.

Jordan Evans made way for Noe Baba in the 87th minute, before Kasey Palmer volleyed onto the outside of the post from the edge of the box after a corner had only been cleared as far as the Chelsea man.

Roberts was replaced in injury time for Josh Walker and Fulham held on to take the narrow lead into the Second Leg at Stamford Bridge on Monday 5th May.

Match Information

Competition: The FA Youth Cup

Date: Monday 28 April 2014
Kick-off: 7:45pm

Venue: Craven Cottage, London

Referee: J Moss

Fulham U18s

Line-up: Rodak; Sheckleford, Donnelly, Burgess, Evans (Baba 86'); Hyndman, Sambou; Smile (O'Halloran 63'), Roberts, George Williams; Dembele

Unused substitutes: Redford, Norman, Walker

Manager: Steve Wigley

Chelsea U18s

Line-up: Collins; Ssewankambo, Clarke-Salter (Dabo 78'), Christensen, Aina; Loftus-Cheek, Houghton (Palmer 59'), Colkett; Brown, Solanke (Musonda 73'), Jay da Silva

Unused substitutes: Scott, Sammut

Fulham U18s (4-2-3-1)
  • 1Marek Rodak
  • 2Ryheem Sheckleford
  • 4Liam Donnelly
  • 5Cameron Burgess
  • 3Jordan Evans
  • 8Emerson Hyndman
  • 6Solomon Sambou
  • 7Joshua Smile
  • 10Patrick Roberts
  • 11George Williams
  • 9Moussa Dembele
Substitutes
  • 14Dean O'Halloran
  • 16Aaron Redford
  • 12Magnus Norman
  • 15Noe Baba
  • 17Josh Walker
Manager
  • Steve Wigley
Chelsea U18s (4-3-3)
  • 1Bradley Collins
  • 2Isak Ssewankambo
  • 4Jake Clarke-Salter
  • 3Andreas Christensen
  • 5Ola Aina
  • 8Ruben Loftus-Cheek
  • 6Jordan Houghton
  • 10Charlie Colkett
  • 7Isaiah Brown
  • 9Dominic Solanke
  • 11Jay da Silva
Substitutes
  • 12Fankaty Dabo
  • 14Kasey Palmer
  • 15Charly Musonda
  • 16Kyle Scott
  • 17Ruben Sammut
  • A breath-taking last 20 minutes sees the Whites turn the tie around with goals from Dembélé, Hyndman and Burgess before Musonda's strike gives the Blues hope going into next Monday's second leg at Stamford Bridge.
  • 90'+3' Roberts will be replaced by Walker.
  • 90'+2' Aina hangs a cross over towards the Whites goal but Donnelly is the man who makes the clearance.
  • 90'+1' Four minutes added.
  • 90' A Chelsea corner is only half cleared and the sub, Palmer, rifles in a volley from the edge of the box which flies right past Rodák‎'s goalpost.
  • 88' The Blues are pushing forward looking for an equaliser but the Whites are determined to take a lead to Stamford Bridge.
  • 86' It's a change at the back for the Whites, with Chelsea banging on the door. Evans is replaced by Baba.
  • 83' Musonda has got a goal back for the Blues, firing through a crowd of players to beat Rodák.
  • 82' Rodák‎ is on his game today. He reacts brilliantly to change direction as he scampers across goal to block Dasilva's far post header.
  • 78' Chelsea's final sub is Clarke-Salter off, Dabo on.
  • 79' The Whites have a third! Burgess gets the final touch as Donnelly heads Hyndman's corner back across goal. Fantastic stuff!
  • 74' In the chaos which preceded the Whites' second goal, Rodák‎ made a fine block with his legs as Dasilva found acres of space on the left. Fulham then countered and Hyndman swept in the ball from 18 yards.
  • 73' A substitution for Chelsea, Solanki goes off for Musonda.
  • 71' What a turnaround! A superb solo effort from Emerson Hydnman, his shot bounces in off the post!
  • 70' The Whites are level! Dembélé towers above everyone else to head in the corner. We're back in the game!
  • 69' Dembélé overpowers his marker deep in the Chelsea half and sprays the ball wide to Roberts. He tries to beat Ssewankambo but the Chelsea man makes the tackle.
  • 66' O'Halloran sends over an inviting cross from the right. It's half-cleared and almost falls for Roberts but the ball won't quite drop and Chelsea scramble it away.
  • 65' The Whites are pegged back and defending in numbers now to keep Chelsea at bay. Sambou has a break away but cannot find Roberts on the right.
  • 63' There's a change for the Whites now and it's O'Halloran on for Smile.
  • 59' Chelsea make the first change of the game, with Houghton coming off for Palmer.
  • 56' Burgess comes to the Whites rescue once again with a superb block as Houghton pulls the trigger from 14 yards, after good work from Dasilva on the left.
  • 55' A fantastic chance for Chelsea to double the scoring goes begging. Sswankambo wins the ball at the far post but his header skims the upright.
  • 52' Hyndman delivers a deep free-kick and Burgess towers above his marker to angle the header towards goal. It bounces in the six-yard box and is hacked away before a White shirt can pounce.
  • 49' Fulham 0-1 Chelsea. Jay Dasilva opens the scoring, firing low across goal into the far corner with his left foot after a fast Blues counter.
  • 47' da Silva makes good progress on the Chelsea left and goes inside Shekleford's challenge. He sets the shot up for Loftus-Cheek but the Blues Captain leans back and slams it over.
  • 46' It's fast start from Fulham. Dembélé is causing problems and he fires across the face of goal. Sambou picks it up on the left and swings a cross in, but it's too long.
  • Here come the Whites for the second half of the FA Youth Cup Final First Leg. They have a big 45 minutes ahead.
  • Moussa Dembélé chipped a penalty over the crossbar and the Whites have goalkeeper Marek Rodák and centre-back pair Cameron Burgess and Liam Donnlley to thank for keeping us level at half-time following some excellent last-ditch defending.
  • 45' Three minutes will be added. Evans overruns the ball and Brown fires a shot at goal. Burgess gets another block in, and Donnelly hooks the ball away.
  • 44' Burgess is in the book now for a late challenge on winger Brown as he dashed down the Fulham left.
  • 42' Ssewankambo dives into a tackle on Williams and catches the Welsh winger late. The referee shows the full-back a yellow card.
  • 40' The Blues are piling on the pressure now and Houghton is in space to drive one at goal, Donnelly gets in another key block and the Whites survive.
  • 37' Another fantastic opportunity for the visitors to go ahead. Colkett is lurking at the far post and pounces from four yards but his effort flies wide off Donnelly's out-stretched knee.
  • 35' Burgess keeps the Whites level with a goal-line clearance from Colkett's shot followed by a crucial tackle in the six-yard box as Brown lined up for a tap-in. Outstanding defending.
  • 31' The build up to the penalty was the first time we've seen Roberts open up the burners, having been marked tightly in the opening half hour, and it was a phenomenal piece of skill which took him past three Blue shirts.
  • 30' MISS! Dembélé lifts the penalty, it sends the keeper sprawling across goal, and it's gone over the bar.
  • 29' Roberts beats three players and is brought down by Aida for a penalty...
  • 27' Dembélé's excellent flick on puts Williams in a foot race with Ssewankambo, which the Whites winger wins. The Chelsea defender gets back to make the tackle and the visitors escape, amid appeals for a handball.
  • 26' Loftus-Cheek receives a round of applause as he gets back to his feet and the Blues restart with a free-kick.
  • 23' Donnelly challenges for the header but Chelsea win possession and set off on the counter. Donnelly gets back and his challenge sends Loftus-Cheek head over heels. The Chelsea Captain lands awkwardly and is receiving treatment.
  • 22' Williams comes crashing to the ground after trying to beat Ssewankambo and Christensen. The referee waves play on, but Williams wins the ball back superbly and gains a corner.
  • 20' Brown is charging into the Whites area but is halted by a saving tackle from Evans. Sheckleford does well to stand his ground on the other side, and Burgess makes an important clearance.
  • 18' The rain is falling constantly now on the Cottage turf and Smile's through ball towards Sheckleford skims out of play. Then Dembélé seizes on a loose ball and is bearing down on goal before a saving tackle from Ssewankambo.
  • 16' This time it's Donnelly who climbs highest from Hyndman's floated cross but the Whites Captain can't quite get the power behind the header and it drops wide.
  • 15' Quick feet from Williams draws the foul Colkett and it gives Hyndman a chance to deliver into the box. Aina gets up to header and it's a Whites corner.
  • 13' An optimistic attempt at goal from Houghton is not going to trouble Rodák. The Whites' crowd start up to chanting to drown out the visitor' supporters.
  • 10' There's real danger caused by Brown on the Chelsea right, but Rodák‎ reacts well to save with his feet after the winger beats Evans and hits a shot which deflects off Burgess.
  • 7' Dembélé is using his strength well so far against the Blues centre-backs. He wriggles free and looks for Hyndman square of goal, but the pass is just behind the American midfielder.
  • 5' Williams is threatening early on for the Whites down the left. Twice he cuts inside his marker, attempting to force a way through, but Chelsea stand firm.
  • 3' Good stop low down by Rodák after a smart Chelsea move ends in a shooting opportunity for Ruben Loftus-Cheek.
  • Chelsea get us kicked off at Craven Cottage in front of a vocal crowd. The Whites are attacking the Putney End in the first half.
  • Out walk the Whites on to the Craven Cottage turf, led by Captain Liam Donnelly and we are minutes away from kick-off.
  • It will be a unique occasion in Whites history this evening, the first time a Fulham U18s team run out in an FA Youth Cup Final.
  • Chelsea U18s: Collins, Ssewankambo, Christensen, Clarke-Salter, Aina, Houghton, Brown, Loftus-Cheek, Solanke, Colkett, Dasilva.
  • Whites U18s: Rodàk, Sheckleford, Donelly, Burgess, Evans, Sambou, Smile, Roberts, Hyndman, Williams, Dembélé.
  • We'll be bringing you live updates from the FA Youth Cup Final First Leg at Fulhamfc.com