Saturday 18 March 2017, 11:00am at Clayton Wood Training Ground, Stoke
Stoke City
Stoke City U18s
Ayoola 45'; Twyford 90'+4
Fulham FC
Fulham U18s
Opoku 69'; Elstone 90'

45' Goal

Shola Ayoola

90'+4 Goal

Jacob Twyford

15' Yellow Card

Scott Wara Card was given for a foul

66' Yellow Card

Jacob Twyford Card was given for a foul

60' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
Off:Scott Wara

69' Goal

Jerome Opoku

90' Goal

Michael Elstone

55' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Reece York
Off:Jayden Harris

67' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Michael Elstone
Off:Sonny Hilton

85' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Nicolas Santos-Clase
Off:Cameron Thompson

Fulham drew 2-2 away from home; an equaliser from Jerome Opoku and a great finish from Michael Elstone sealed a point for the Whites.

Fulham drew 2-2 in their away trip toStoke City at the Clayton Wood Training Ground. Stoke took the lead late in the first half with a goal from Shola Ayoola, before Fulham equalised through Jerome Opoku in the second half.

The Whites thought they had clinched the winner in the 90th minute, with a superb volley from substitute Michael Elstone, before the Potters stuck back at the death through Jacob Twyford in the 94th minute.

This was the first time these two teams had met this season, both teams looking to get a win under their belts. Fulham had drawn their last two matches having been in winning positions, and Stoke were coming off a 6-0 defeat to Manchester City in the semi-final of the F.A. Youth Cup

The first opportunity came for the Whites in the second minute with Sonny Hilton waiting for a low cross in the box. Mitchell Allen, the Stoke keeper read the situation well and cleared the ball before Hilton could get a shot away.

Stoke were next on the attack, and Dan Martin made a crucial block before Josh Lukwata was called into action to deal with the follow up.

Fulham came very close just before the quarter hour mark. Isaac Pearce received the ball in midfield and sprinted down his right wing towards the corner flag.

He beat his defender and edged towards goal, and cut a ball back to Cameron Thompson, who cannoned an effort, with a slight nick off a defender it rattled the crossbar.

The resulting corner the Whites came close again, with a scramble in the box but Opoku couldn’t get the ball out from his feet.

In the 22nd minute Fulham thought they had scored, with some sublime footwork from Hilton in midfield he put Thompson in on goal, he slotted it past the keeper but the ref blew his whistle as the lineman’s flag was up.

The Whites went close again five minutes later, with Thompson whipping a ball across goal two feet from the line, but no one could get on the end of his cross, keeping the match goalless.

Fulham were concentrating their time in Stoke’s final third. Joe Felix won a corner, which flew through the middle of the box and somehow no Fulham attacker got on the end of it.

Five minutes to go before the break, Jayden Harris stole the ball off a defender high up the pitch. He passed to Hilton, who skinned his defender and was through on goal, he managed a shot on target but Mitchell Allen dealt with it effectively.

The deadlock was broken in the 45th minute by the Potters. Felix slipped defending left of the area and was unlucky, with his attacker falling into him, winning a free kick.

The ball was swung in and the Potters’ big number 10, Ayoola towered over the defence and had a free header, nodding it into the net to make it 1-0 against the run of play.

The second half resumed and both teams traded shots from distance. Ten minutes in, the Whites went very close to equalising. Hilton with some fancy footwork in the box squeezed the ball to Thompson and from the six yard line he hit the left post, rattling the frame once more.

Reece York came on in the 55th minute for Harris, and was almost immediately called into action, making a crucial sliding tackle inside the box  to stop a Stoke shot and winning back possession.

Fulham finally made their pressure count in the 69th minute. Chris Kelly broke down the right and tackle came in, knocking the ball out for a corner. The ball was swung in and it fell to Opoku once more, this time he lashed his shot straight into the net, making it all level.

The Whites were looking for winner, Pearce stormed down the left wing as he had done several times in the second half, and cut in right on his defender, letting loose a hard hit effort but the goalie was equal to it.

Fulham finally got their chance to go ahead, Pearce, this time down the right, chipped an effort to the back post with Elstone waiting. He only needed one touch to smash the volley past the keeper to give Fulham the advantage in the 90th minute.

Elstone was not done, once the match was back under way, he sprinted down the pitch a floated a ball past the defenders to leave Nicolas Santos-Clase in with a one on one with the keeper, but his shot flew straight into the hands of Allen and he wasn't able to seal the match.

Three minutes later the Potters were attacking again. Twyford slipped his defender and rifled a shot on target, beating Lukwata to ensure the match finished with a draw, splitting the points between the two teams.


Match Information

Competition: Barclays U18 Premier League

Date: Saturday 18 March 2017
Kick-off: 11:00am

Venue: Clayton Wood Training Ground, Stoke

Stoke City U18s

Line-up: Allen; Diallo, Butler, Wara (Silva 60'), Karamoko; Twyford, Sorensen; Blade, Ayoola, Silva-Monteria; Greenidge

Unused substitutes: Kaduba, Deczki, Dunwoody, Cherdieu

Fulham U18s

Line-up: Lukwata; Felix, Sessegnon, Opoku, Martin; Harris (York 55'), O'Riley; Pearce, Hilton (Elstone 67'), Kelly; Thompson (Santos-Clase 85')

Unused substitutes: Schwarzer, Garrido

Stoke City U18s (4-2-3-1)
  • 1Mitchel Allen
  • 2Mohamad Diallo
  • 5James Butler
  • 6Scott Wara
  • 3Vazoumana Karamoko
  • 8Jacob Twyford
  • 4Lassa Sorensen
  • 7Racuide Blade
  • 10Shola Ayoola
  • 11Silva-Monteria
  • 9Jordon Greenidge
  • 12Joel Kaduba
  • 13Mate Deczki
  • 14Jake Dunwoody
  • 15Silva
  • 16Andrew Cherdieu
Fulham U18s (4-2-3-1)
  • 1Josh Lukwata
  • 2Joe Felix
  • 5Steven Sessegnon
  • 6Jerome Opoku
  • 3Dan Martin
  • 8Jayden Harris
  • 4Matt O'Riley
  • 7Isaac Pearce
  • 10Sonny Hilton
  • 11Chris Kelly
  • 9Cameron Thompson
  • 12Michael Elstone
  • 13Julian Schwarzer
  • 14Jose Garrido
  • 15Nicolas Santos-Clase
  • 16Reece York