Monday 7 April 2014, 7:45pm at Craven Cottage, London
Fulham FC
Fulham U18s
Dembele (pen) 38', 63', 90'
Reading U18s
Fosu-Henry (pen) 51'; Stacey 57'

38' Penalty

Moussa Dembele

63' Goal

Moussa Dembele

90' Goal

Moussa Dembele

90'+2 Yellow Card

Ryheem Sheckleford Card was given for a foul

51' Penalty

Tarique Fosu-Henry

57' Goal

Jack Stacey

36' Red Card

Dominic Hyam Card was given for a foul

73' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:George McLennon
Off:Nana Owusu

Moussa Dembélé's hat-trick saw Fulham book their place in the FA Youth Cup Final.

A Moussa Dembélé hat-trick saw Fulham scrape past 10-man Reading to book their place in the FA Youth Cup Final with a 3-2 Semi-Final Second Leg win (5-4 on aggregate).

Dembélé put Fulham in front from the spot after Patrick Roberts had been fouled in the box with Reading’s Dominic Hyam being shown a straight red card.

Despite being a man down, Reading fought back to lead 2-1 on the night and on aggregate through Tariqe Fosu’s penalty and Jack Stacey’s thunderbolt.

But Dembélé levelled from close range after Josh Smile had hit the bar and the Frenchman then grabbed the winner in the dying seconds to send Fulham through.

Under-18s boss Steve Wigley made one change from last week’s First Leg, with Smile coming in for Dean O’Halloran.

At a rain-drenched Craven Cottage, Reading created the first chance of the game in the fourth minute with Harry Cardwell rising to meet Sammi Fridjonsson’s cross from the left but sending his header a few yards wide of the far post.

At the other end, Roberts skipped through the Reading defence but saw his shot from a tight angle hit the foot of the near post with Lewis Ward pouncing on the loose ball before Dembélé could apply the finish.

In the eighth minute, Reading should have gone in front or at least hit the target. Stacey caused problems down the right and crossed for Cardwell who missed his kick and saw the ball hit his trailing leg and go behind.

As the rain grew heavier, Jordan Evans whipped in a cross in the 13th minute that Dembélé leapt to connect with but the Frenchman could only head well wide from six yards.

Chances continued to fall at both ends. When a Reading corner was only half-cleared, Hyam flicked a volley five yards wide in the 16th minute.

Another marauding run by Roberts in the 23rd minute saw him cut in from the right and beat three players but his shot was deflected behind for a corner.

A long punt forward by Marek Rodàk in the 31st minute then almost released Roberts but Tennai Watson got back to make a crucial last-ditch tackle, before Fridjonsson nodded wide for Reading after meeting a corner.

Out of nothing, the game suddenly exploded into life in the 36th minute. Roberts picked up the ball on the edge of the box and with nothing on, showed amazing quick feet to jink past a host of Reading players. Through on goal, he was fouled by Hyam with James Linington pointing to the spot and showing a straight red card to the Reading player. Dembélé took the spot-kick, planting it confidently to Ward’s right to put the hosts in front.

The Royals responded with Fosu seeing a curling effort tipped behind by Rodàk before the first half came to an end.

Reading were handed a penalty of their own in the 51st minute. After seeing initial claims turned down when Fosu’s shot struck the hand of Ryheem Sheckleford, Liam Kelly pounced on the loose ball and fell under a challenge from Emerson Hyndman. Linington pointed to the spot, with Fosu sending Rodàk the wrong way to make it 1-1.

Despite their numerical disadvantage, Reading went in front in the 58th minute. Stacey got the ball on the right-hand touchline and burst forward. With no tackle forthcoming from a Fulham player, Stacey let fly from 25 yards and saw his effort fly into the far corner of Rodàk’s net.

Two minutes later, George Williams forced Ward to parry behind at his near post, before Dembélé nodded a Hyndman corner straight at the Reading keeper who then saved from close-range as Roberts looked to help a Cameron Burgess header on its way.

But Fulham were level in the 62nd minute. Smile’s shot from distance was deflected onto the bar with Dembélé first to the rebound to nod home.

A Reading breakaway in the 66th minute saw Rodàk save from Watson, while Dembélé’s acrobatic bicycle kick flashed wide for Fulham.

The Whites continued to press but further chances weren’t forthcoming against a stubborn and resolute Reading until the 83rd minute when Hyndman slipped in Dembélé who saw his shot tipped around the post by Ward.

With the game heading for extra-time, Fulham snatched the win. Kelly slipped and let in Hyndman who played the ball to Dembélé. The Frenchman took a couple of touches before seeing the ball go into the net via the legs of Reading’s Robert Dickie. It could have been classed as an own goal but Dembélé was certainly claiming it.

Fulham made a change as the game entered injury time, with Hyndman replaced by O’Halloran, and Williams shot wide late on as the Whites booked their spot in the Final.

Match Information

Competition: The FA Youth Cup

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

Venue: Craven Cottage, London

Referee: J Linington

Fulham U18s

Line-up: Rodak; Sheckleford, Burgess, Donnelly, Evans; Smile, Sambou, Hyndman, George Williams; Roberts; Dembele

Unused substitutes: Norman, Baba, O'Halloran, Leacock-McLeod, Redford

Manager: Steve Wigley

Reading U18s

Line-up: Ward; Watson, Dickie, Hyam, Owusu (McLennon 73'); Stacey, Kuhl, Fridjonsson, Fosu-Henry; Kelly; Cardwell

Unused substitutes: Gogic, Husin, Shaughnessy, Taylor-Crossdale

Fulham U18s (4-4-1-1)
  • 1Marek Rodak
  • 2Ryheem Sheckleford
  • 5Cameron Burgess
  • 4Liam Donnelly
  • 3Jordan Evans
  • 7Joshua Smile
  • 6Solomon Sambou
  • 8Emerson Hyndman
  • 11George Williams
  • 10Patrick Roberts
  • 9Moussa Dembele
  • 12Magnus Norman
  • 14Noe Baba
  • 15Dean O'Halloran
  • 16Mekhi Leacock-McLeod
  • 17Aaron Redford
  • Steve Wigley
Reading U18s (4-4-1-1)
  • 1Lewis Ward
  • 2Tennai Watson
  • 5Rob Dickie
  • 6Dominic Hyam
  • 3Nana Owusu
  • 7Jack Stacey
  • 4Aaron Kuhl
  • 8Samuel Kari Fridjonsson
  • 11Tarique Fosu-Henry
  • 10Liam Kelly
  • 9Harry Cardwell
  • 13Aleksander Gogic
  • 12George McLennon
  • 15Noor Husin
  • 14Conor Shaughnessy
  • 16De'Juane Taylor-Crossdale
  • 90'+4' Full-time at the Cottage and it ends Fulham 3 Reading 2. The visitors deserve credit, but it's the Whites that are through to the FA Youth Cup Final. Well done boys!
  • 90' The ball goes in off a combination of Dickie and Dembélé. The latter runs off in celebration - we'll give it to him!
  • 88' Fulham work another opening, Roberts shoots but Watson makes the block.
  • 85' Jinking run from Roberts, but Ward claims his low shot.
  • 83' Fulham are dictating the play now and Dembélé goes close to adding his third. Ward makes a fine low save.
  • 83' Ward saves well from Williams, before Dickie makes a fine block to deny Hyndman.
  • 81' Controlled play from the Whites now. Sheckleford finds room on the right once more, but his delivery is easily cleared.
  • 79' Fulham break well, but Smile can't pick out Dembélé who had run beyond his marker.
  • 77' Sheckleford centres from the right and Dickie has to be alert to turn the ball out for a corner with Dembélé lurking.
  • 75' Cool play from Evans and Burgess who combine to snuff out the threat of Stacey.
  • 73' Owusu is replaced by George McLennan.
  • 72' Roberts does well to take on Owusu in the box, but the no.10 just can't get his cross in.
  • 69' George Williams does well when cutting in from the left, the young Welshman's strike flies wide though.
  • 68' Roberts drills a low pass in from the left, the ball bounces up and Dembélé goes close with an overhead kick.
  • 63' Dembélé grabs his second of the night, heading in after Smile's shot cannons back off the bar.
  • 59' Fulham respond and Williams forces Ward into a fine save.
  • 57' Jack Stacey gives 10-man Reading the lead here with a stinging 25-yard strike.
  • 51' Tariqe Fosu draws Reading level with a composed strike from the spot after Hyndman brought down Kelly.
  • 50' Roberts slips a pass into the path of Josh Smile, his low cross is cleared by Dickie.
  • 49' Great tackle from Sambou who stops a surging run from Dickie.
  • 46' The second half is underway, with the Whites looking to build on their one-goal lead.
  • 45'+1' Half-time at the Cottage where Dembélé's penalty is the difference so far. Reading have certainly had chances though.
  • 41' Tarique Fosu curls at goal from the left, Rodak then tips the ball over.
  • 38' Dembélé keeps his cool from the spot, leaving Ward with little chance in keeping his strike out.
  • 36' Dominic Hyam is shown a straight red following a foul on Roberts. The referee points to the spot!
  • 35' Sammi Fridjonsson meets a corner from the left with a header, thankfully his effort is off target.
  • 31' Roberts is denied by Watson, who makes another brave tackle. Moments later, Hyndman creates space before shooting over.
  • 29' Nana Owusu drives down the left flank, Ryheem Sheckleford gets across but can only foul the Reading left-back.
  • 28' Evans does well to get in his cross from the left, but the ball drops over Dembélé and Robert Dickie clears.
  • 26' Evans and George Williams link well, but Tennai Watson checks the run of the latter with a well-timed sliding tackle.
  • 24' Kelly hits a pass into the feet of Cardwell, Burgess does well to make the intervention.
  • 21' Good run from Roberts, but his powerful strike is well blocked by the Reading defence.
  • 18' Emerson Hyndman carries the ball from deep, the American's threaded pass can't find the run of Dembélé though.
  • 16' Reading create another chance, Dominic Hyam volleys wide.
  • 15' Donnelly fouls Fosu. Reading break and Liam Kelly whips in a good cross from the right.
  • 12' Moussa Dembélé heads over from Evans' inviting delivery.
  • 10' Great play from Roberts who leaves Aaron Kuhl in his wake. George Williams almost gets on the end of his through-ball.
  • 8' Cardwell should do better from close range, again, the Royals threaten.
  • 6' Decent effort from Patrick Roberts who almost squeezes an angled shot under Lewis Ward. The keeper then beats Solomon Sambou to the rebound.
  • 4' A ball is flighted in from the left, Harry Cardwell meets the ball with a header. Good start by the visitors.
  • 2' Good play from Jack Stacey who twists past Jordan Evans. The Reading winger shapes to shoot but Cameron Burgess makes an excellent tackle.
  • 1' And we're underway at Craven Cottage - come on boys!
  • Fulham and Reading did, of course, go head-to-head at Craven Cottage in last season’s National Play-Off Final when Moussa Dembélé’s hat-trick added the gloss to an impressive demonstration of attacking football as the Whites ran out 3-0 winners.
  • With the tie level at 2-2, Fulham will be looking to put the game to bed in the hope of reaching the Club’s first FA Youth Cup Final.
  • Goals from Emerson Hyndman and Patrick Roberts rescued the First Leg for Steve Wigley’s side after the 10-man Whites had trailed by two goals at the Madejski Stadium.
  • With our FA Youth Cup Semi-Final finely poised, it’s winner takes all from Monday’s Second Leg clash with Reading at Craven Cottage (7.45pm).