Fulham lost away at Tottenham Hotspur 5-2 on Saturday morning. It was a tough trip to North London and the first defeat for the Whites in 12 matches.
Jack Roles scored the first, before Samuel Shashoua grabbed two, and Keanen Bennetts and Kaziam Sterling added to their tally.
The Whites got back into the game at 2-0 down with a penalty dispatched by Kwietniewski, and Jaydn Harris scored a consolations just before the full time whistle.
Last time out Fulham drew 2-2 all to Norwich City playing at Motspur Park, pulling back a point after falling two goals behind.
Spurs with two games in hand needed a win to leapfrog the Whites, and only separated by goal difference. They had found their own rich vein of form recently, having won three and drawn one in their last four matches. Both teams were looking to stake their claim for top of the table.
The first ten minutes of the match both teams battled hard, neither had found their rhythm. The first chance of the match fell to Spurs, with Dilan Duncan cutting in onto his left, pulling his shot wide of the right post.
The Whites tried to respond quickly, with Dan Martin skipping past two players on the left wing, before slotting a through ball to Timmy Abraham, with a little too much on the ball and the keeper managed to scoop it up.
A guilt edge chance presented for Tottenham 13 minutes in. Sterling shot at goal from inside the box, with Taye Ashby-Hammond making a great save. He could only parry the ball back into play, and Roles smashed the rebound into the cross bar, letting the Whites off the hook.
Spurs attacks ensued, and Dan Martin made two very good blocks stopping a cross and a header from a corner. Spurs had found a grip on the game and created numerous chances, Sterling guided a header just over the bar before forcing Taye Ashby-Hammond had to make another very good save with a powerful shot.
Fulham had some good spells in the first half, gaining more possession and getting into better positions. They won a free kick and a corner down the right hand side, but the Spurs defence held.
Spurs countered and Ashby-Hammond was called in once more to keep the score level with difficult shot from Bennetts at the near post.
Jerome Opoku’s turn to run out from the back, he sent a pinpoint pass to Martin and only a last ditch tackle from a Spurs defender prevented a clear one on one.
Spurs pressure finally came good in the 35th minute. Sterling sprinted down the left and with a clever turn in the box lost his defender. He laid a simple pass to Roles and he slotted it past Ashby-Hammond who couldn’t do anything to prevent the breakthrough goal.
Reece York looked for an immediate response, chancing his luck from 25 yards driving a low shot but Alfie Whiteman managed to get low.
It was Spurs however who took their next chance in the 43rd minute. Shashoua cut in from the right into the box and shot with his left, catching a deflection and the ball floated past Ashby-Hammond to double Spurs lead taking them into the break.
The second half started the way it finished, two good chances from Spurs were matched by equal saves from Ashby-Hammond.
Seven minutes into the half and the game exploded. The Whites got their chance with York being unfairly chopped down in the box and the referee blew for the penalty. Mikolaj Kwietniewski stepped up and smashed the ball into the bottom right to narrow the gap to 2-1.
Straight from the restart Tottenham looked to go ahead and did just that, with Shashoua running straight through the Fulham defence. With Ashby-Hammond forced to come out the Spurs winger chipped it over him to restore their two goal lead.
Minutes later and Tottenham extended their advantage once more, with Bennetts getting into a one on one with Ashby-Hammond and squeezed his shot under him to give Spurs a three goal cushion.
Spurs looked certain to add to their tally, only being stopped with a block on the line from Martin. Up the other end of the pitch Martin beat his men once more and pulled a ball back for Isaac Pearce, but he leant back as he shot and his effort sailed over.
Spurs rounded it off in the 81st minute with their fifth. Once more it was Bennett, this time down the right laying one off for Sterling to claim his first.
Fulham were able to pull one more back five minutes before the end, Michael Elstone pulled a ball across the face of goal and Jaydn Harris slotted it past the keeper as a consolation goal. Elstone, who had been effective coming off the bench had one more chance before the end in a one on one but couldn’t get the ball out from beneath his feat.
The match finished 5-2, and the Whites unbeaten run came to an end.
Competition: Barclays U18 Premier League
Date: Saturday 29 April 2017
Venue: Tottenham Hotspur Training Centre, London
Line-up: Whiteman; Hinds, Marsh, Tangana, Brown; Duncan, Skipp; Shashoua, Roues, Bennetts; Sterling
Unused substitutes: Omulabi, Freeman, Lock, Patterson
Line-up: Ashby-Hammond; Felix, Mundle-Smith, Opoku, Martin; Harris, York; Pearce, Kwietniewski, Kelly; Abraham
Unused substitutes: Elstone, Schwarzer, Spence, Thompson, Santos-Clase