Friday 17 February 2017, 12:00pm at Tottenham Hotspur Training Centre, London
Tottenham Hotspur
Tottenham Hotspur U18s
Fulham FC
Fulham U18s
o.g. Whiteman 45'; O'Riley 53'; Thomas 88'

45' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Dylan Duncan
Off:Tashan Oakley-Bouthe

45'+14 Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Jamie Bowden
Off:Jack Roues

45' Own-goal

Alfie Whiteman

53' Goal

Matt O'Riley

88' Goal

Cameron Thomas

69' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Nicolas Santos-Clase
Off:Cassian Thomas

45'+35 Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Cameron Thomas
Off:Michael Elston

Three goals for the Whites away at the Tottenham Hotspur Training Centre. Goals from Matt O'Riley and Cameron Thompson ensured all three points for Fulham.

Fulham travelled to North London to face Tottenham Hotspur at their Training Centre on Friday for a midday kick off.

An own goal just before the first half break gave Fulham the platform to go on and get two more goals, curtesy of Matt O’Riley and substitute Cameron Thompson. The game ended 3-0 sending the Whites back to South London with all three points.

Fulham came into this game in good form, having not lost in four games are were looking to make it a third win on the bounce after beating Southampton 3-0 at Motspur Park last week.

Tottenham, only four points and two places behind Fulham in the Premier League South have not been enjoying a good run of form, having gained one solitary point from their previous four matches.

In the first half both sides battled hard for the breakthrough, Cassian Thomas did well to break up the play in midfield and stole possession numerous times.

The first real chance of the game came in the 16th minute as Dan Martin pulled a ball back from the left wing to Jayden Harris on the edge of the box, who curled an effort just over the bar.

Minutes later Spurs had looked to have scored the first goal of the match but the line judge quickly raised his flag to disallow the goal before it stood.

Tottenham’s best chance came from a free kick 25 yards out, their number nine struck the ball and Taye Ashby-Hammond moved across the goal and knocked it onto his post with his fingertips. The ball dropped to the Spurs striker and Ashby-Hammond was on hand once more to block a certain goal from close range.

The breakthrough came moments before the halftime whistle as Harris stole a ball just outside the area on the left of the box, he ran into the area and crossed a low ball. The cross hit a defender and deflected onto goalkeeper who couldn’t keep the ball from rolling into the back of the net to give the Whites the lead. Fulham importantly capitalised on a good ten minutes of play.

In the second half the Whites stepped up a gear after their team talk and were in full flow, especially with Isaac Pearce working hard up and down the right wing in both attack and helping out Joe Felix in defence. 

A very well worked set piece saw Matt O’Riley knock a ball to the back post, headed across goal by Jose Garrido before it ball was cleared in the nick of time, only as far as O’Riley who smashed the ball from outside the area.

The ball floated across the goal and into the top left corner with the Spurs goalkeeper rooted to the stop watching as it went in.

O’Riley almost doubled his tally moments after play resumed from another set piece with Steven Sessegnon being fouled on the edge of the area after a surging run. O’Riley smashed a free kick looking for the top left pocket hit the corner.

In the 70th minute Thomas made way for Nicolas Santos-Clase which stretched the Spurs team, and he almost scored with his first touch as he was through on goal. He had time and space and could have taken a few more strides towards the goal but the keeper did well to keep him off the scoresheet.

Spurs were enjoying a good spell towards the end, the Whites defence worked hard to keep their shape and possession as much as possible. Cameron Thompson replaced the hard working Michael Elstone with ten minutes left in the match.

After a Tottenham attack and another good save from Ashby-Hammond he saw Thompson sprinting up the pitch. He cleverly launched a long ball, throwing over half the pitch and over the defenders head for Thompson to run one on one with the goalkeeper.

Thompson dragged the ball to the left of the goalie and coolly knocked the ball into an open net to end any hope of a Spurs comeback and to seal the three points for Fulham.

It was a very well contested game that saw Fulham win their third match scoring three goals in a row. They next face Norwich at Mostpur Park on Saturday March 4th.

Match Information

Competition: Barclays U18 Premier League

Date: Friday 17 February 2017
Kick-off: 12:00pm

Venue: Tottenham Hotspur Training Centre, London

Tottenham Hotspur U18s

Line-up: Whiteman; Lock, Oinzeyi, Marsh, Brown; Oakley-Bouthe (Duncan 45'), Skipp; Shashoua, Roues (Bowden 45'), Bennetts; Griffiths

Unused substitutes: Hinds, Freeman

Fulham U18s

Line-up: Ashby-Hammond; Felix, Sessegnon, Garrido, Mundle-Smith; Thomas (Santos-Clase 69'), O'Riley; Pearce, Harris, Martin; Elston (Thomas 45')

Unused substitutes: Schwarzer, Opoku

Tottenham Hotspur U18s (4-2-3-1)
  • 1Alfie Whiteman
  • 2Matt Lock
  • 5Jonathan Oinzeyi
  • 6George Marsh
  • 3Jaden Brown
  • 8Tashan Oakley-Bouthe
  • 4Oliver Skipp
  • 7Samuel Shashoua
  • 10Jack Roues
  • 11Keanan Bennetts
  • 9Reo Griffiths
  • 12Tariq Hinds
  • 13Charlie Freeman
  • 14Jamie Bowden
  • 15Dylan Duncan
Fulham U18s (4-2-3-1)
  • 1Taye Ashby-Hammond
  • 2Joe Felix
  • 5Steven Sessegnon
  • 6Jose Garrido
  • 3Jaydn Mundle-Smith
  • 8Cassian Thomas
  • 4Matt O'Riley
  • 7Isaac Pearce
  • 10Jayden Harris
  • 11Dan Martin
  • 9Michael Elston
  • 12Cameron Thomas
  • 13Julian Schwarzer
  • 14Nicolas Santos-Clase
  • 15Jerome Opoku