Wednesday 22 March 2017, 2:00pm at Goodison Park, Liverpool
Everton U18s
Fulham FC
Fulham U18s
Elstone 47'; o.g. Scully 62'; Pearce 90'+2

5' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Antony Gordon
Off:Nathan Baxter

58' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Sid Kerr
Off:Antony Gordon

69' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Manasse Mampala
Off:Korede Adedoyin

47' Goal

Michael Elstone

62' Own-goal

Tom Scully

90'+2 Goal

Isaac Pearce

60' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Chris Kelly
Off:Dan Martin

45'+25 Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Cameron Thompson
Off:Sonny Hilton

Michael Elstone and Isaac Pearce strikes, either side of an own goal, earned Fulham Under-18s a 3-0 win over Everton.

Fulham beat Everton 3-0 at Goodison Park on Wednesday afternoon. It was a well deserved victory with all goals coming in the second half.

Michael Elstone broke the deadlock with a header, before he forced an own goal from the Everton defence. Right before the death Isaac Pearce sealed the win by slotting a shot past the Everton keeper.

The Whites came into this game looking for a win, after drawing their previous three matches having been in winning positions. Everton themselves had been in good form, winning their last two games by putting four past Hull and three past West Brom.

From the first kick of the game Fulham were looking to get forward, Elstone whipped an early ball into the Everton box but wasn’t able pick out one of his teammates and the ball was cleared.

Everton took a bit of time to work their way into the game and mounted their first attack in the 11th minute. Winger Danny Bramhall crossed into the box but Jose Garrido was on hand to clear the ball out of danger.

The Toffees looked threatening down the right hand side, but Garrido and Moritz Jenz cleared the incoming crosses well throughout.

Everton regained possession and went again, this time the ball was nicked by Pearce, and he sent a long ball forward to Elstone, who ran towards goal but hit well wide with his left.

The Merseysiders had the first clear cut chance of the match and almost took the lead when Bramhall headed a shot on target with Taye Ashby-Hammond going in the other direction. The Fulham keeper managed to get a strong hand somehow behind the ball to keep the game level.

On the half hour mark the Whites were having a good spell, Dan Martin raced down the left after some intricate play and whipped a ball in for Sonny Hilton. He tried to flick it over his defender but wasn’t able to get it past his man and the ball was cleared.

Two minutes later it was Marlon Fossey’s turn to break forward, passing out wide to Pearce who curled a ball back post and had to be sent into the stands by a player in blue.

Five minutes before the break Jaydn Mundle-Smith chased a through ball down the left and swung a teasing ball into the box, Fulham were asking questions of the Everton defence.

Jenz then looked to create something, by running up the middle of the pitch and looping a through ball past the Everton defence and through to Hilton, who couldn’t quite control the shot and headed over the bar.

Deep into first half injury time Pearce sprinted down the right and turned quickly to shake his marker before sending in a low cross to Elstone, who in turn attempted to curl an effort with power into the top right corner, but narrowly missed.

With a free kick near the halfway line, Matt O’Riley knocked an inviting ball into the box. Pearce headed the ball back to Fossey on the six yard line, he took a touch before he shot and his effort was blocked and the referee blew for half time.

It only took two minutes from the restart for the breakthrough goal. Fossey broke down the right and fired a ball into a packed box, and Elstone rose and headed the ball past the Everton keeper, giving the Whites the lead they had endeavoured for.

Fulham were not content with just the one and were straight back at the Everton defence, with Hilton weaving his way past the right back and centre back before winning a throw in.

Five minutes later Pearce and Fossey linked well again, and with a clever cut inside from the right back he squeezed a ball to through to Elstone who got a shot away quickly. Ben Pierce, the Everton keeper, got low and made a fingertip save pushing the shot past the post to deny Elstone a second.

In the 62nd minute Elstone broke down the right of the pitch with a counter attack, and fizzed a low ball into the six yard box. The cross bounced off a defender and into the goal, doubling the Whites lead.

Chris Kelly came into this fast paced game and added to the Whites' directness, skipping past defenders on the right and winning several corners.

From a corner, O’Riley swung an inviting ball into the box, and Garrido knocked it onto Elstone, with the chance to double his tally swiped it wide of the right upright.

With eight minutes to play Everton looked to get back into the game, putting pressure on the Whites’ defence. They almost halved the deficit when substitute Manasse Mampala struck hard and low, missing the target by inches.

Fulham started to sit back and soak up the pressure with their two goal advantage.

The final goal came just before the full-time whistle, with the a quick counter worked cleverly up the field by Cameron Thompson and Elstone, and he knocked the ball across field to Kelly.

Kelly slotted a ball to the on-running Pearce, and he needed no second invitation to smash it past the keeper from inside the box to claim a goal and seal victory for Fulham.

The ref blew the whistle and Fulham finished a thoroughly entertaining game with a 3-0 victory at Goodison Park.

Photo courtesy of Tony McArdle/EvertonFC.

Match Information

Competition: Barclays U18 Premier League

Date: Wednesday 22 March 2017
Kick-off: 2:00pm

Venue: Goodison Park, Liverpool

Everton U18s

Line-up: Pierce; Morris, Baxter (Gordon 5' (Kerr 58')), Lees, Moore; Denny, Scully; Bramhall, Kiersey, Duke-McKenna; Adedoyin (Mampala 69')

Unused substitutes: Jones, Viranen

Fulham U18s

Line-up: Ashby-Hammond; Fossey, Jenz, Garrido, Mundle-Smith; Harris, O'Riley; Pearce, Hilton (Thompson 45'), Martin (Kelly 60'); Elstone

Unused substitutes: Felix, Norman, York

Everton U18s (4-2-3-1)
  • 1Ben Pierce
  • 2Liam Morris
  • 5Nathan Baxter
  • 6Callum Lees
  • 3Nathan Moore
  • 8Alex Denny
  • 4Tom Scully
  • 7Danny Bramhall
  • 10Jack Kiersey
  • 11Stephen Duke-McKenna
  • 9Korede Adedoyin
  • 12Aaron Jones
  • 13Miko Viranen
  • 14Manasse Mampala
  • 15Antony Gordon
  • 16Sid Kerr
Fulham U18s (4-2-3-1)
  • 1Taye Ashby-Hammond
  • 2Marlon Fossey
  • 5Moritz Jenz
  • 6Jose Garrido
  • 3Jaydn Mundle-Smith
  • 8Jayden Harris
  • 4Matt O'Riley
  • 7Isaac Pearce
  • 10Sonny Hilton
  • 11Dan Martin
  • 9Michael Elstone
  • 12Joe Felix
  • 13Magnus Norman
  • 14Cameron Thompson
  • 15Chris Kelly
  • 16Reece York