Saturday 1 April 2017, 1:00pm at Motspur Park, Surrey
Fulham FC
Fulham U18s
Pearce 42', 83'
Derby County U18s
Bird 36'; Cresswell 84'

42' Goal

Isaac Pearce

83' Goal

Isaac Pearce

53' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Cameron Thompson
Off:Jayden Harris

73' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Chris Kelly
Off:Michael Elstone

79' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Nicolas Santos-Clase
Off:Sonny Hilton

36' Goal

Max Bird

84' Goal

Cameron Cresswell

29' Yellow Card

Jayden Bogle Card was given for a foul

90' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Giann Magno
Off:Adam Davie

Two goals from Isaac Pearce was not quite enough to secure a win, with a late equaliser from Derby County. That made it 10 games unbeaten for the Whites.

Fulham drew 2-2 against Derby in their fourth PL Merit Group B Match. That draw makes it 10 games unbeaten for the Whites.

Isaac Pearce was responsible for both goals, smashing a rebound from close range for his first to level the game, before hitting one in off the bar for his second to give the Whites the advantage in the 83rd minute. The Whites couldn’t hold onto the lead, with Cameron Cresswell equalising minutes later.

Fulham came into this match having beaten Everton at Goodison Park 3-0 and were hoping to take that momentum into the game. Derby’s last match was also against the Toffee’s, and they also ran out 3-0 winners.

The Rams started the better of the two teams, and had the first attack of the match. A lose touch from a Fulham defender led to Derby’s Cresswell hitting an inviting ball across the floor, with no one getting on the end of it.

It didn’t take long for the referee to make an early big decision. He decided that Steven Sessegnon had committed a foul inside his own area and the Rams were awarded a penalty.

Derby’s Jayden Mitchell-Lawson stepped up to the spot and hit the right post. The ball rebounded back into play and was slotted into the right of the goal.The line judge’s flag went up, and Fulham were let off.

Fulham tried several attacks down the right, and had their first real opportunity from a goal kick. Taye Ashby-Hammond cleared a ball to the halfway line, and Elstone brought the ball down and held up play.

He sent a great ball forward down the left wing for Dan Martin, who swung a cross into the box to Hilton, and smashed a shot into the top left corner. The other line ref this time put his flag up and stopped the play for offside, but Fulham had found their feet in the game.

The Whites continued searching for a breakthrough goal. A sublime long ball from Matt O’Riley let Isaac Pearce break down the right of the pitch. He passed to Marlon Fossey, who cut a ball back for Pearce who shot hard on target, but the keeper was able to stop the shot.

Fossey was excellent throughout the match, with the right-back sending great quality balls into the box and blocking shots and marshling attackers out of play.

25 minutes in and it was Fulham attacking again. Sessegnon broke forward and slotted a ball to Pearce, with a lovely cross Elstone glanced a header towards goal, but couldn’t get enough on it.

A free kick came from the foul 25 yards out left of goal. O’Riley curled a cross to the back post and Moritz Jenz, captaining the side for the day smashed the ball into the left post, and the ball bounced along the line to the keeper who cleared.

Derby won a corner in a spell of the game when they had little possession. The ball was whipped into the box and the captain Max Bird volleyed it into the back of the net, giving Derby the advantage.

It didn’t take long for the Whites to respond. Five minutes later Hilton worked his way into the box and with a little step managed to get a shot away which was charged down by a defender, the rebound fell at Pearce’s feet and he smashed it past the keeper to level the score, making it 1-1 going into the break.

Derby started the second half the better of the two sides once again, putting pressure on the White’s defence as they worked hard to clear the danger. Fossey did particularly well to stop a ball destined to screep into the goal.

Derby lofted a ball over the Fulham defence and Cresswell volleyed his effort over the bar.

Fulham found their way back into the match once more and advanced up the pitch, winning several free kicks in dangerous positions. O’Riley and Fossey sent cracking balls into the area but no one could convert.

In the 67 minutes in Fulham created a great chance. Fossey skipped past his defender on the right and floated a ball into the front post. Elstone got a head to the ball but was blocked off by a defender.

Derby started to play longer, and Jenz was on hand to head the ball away each time. Fulham were in full control of second half by this point, keeping the majority of possession and not allowing Derby on the ball.

Chris Kelly came onto the field in the 72nd minute and almost had an instant impact. He outfoxed his marker, faking a pass to Fossey and ran straight through the defence on the right hand side. He sent a teasing ball into the box but no white shirt got there in time.

The next attack was Kelly again, this time winning a corner down the right. The ball was whipped in by O’Riley, and Mundle-Smith headed on target from the back post but his effort was cleared off the line by a Derby defender.

Pearce gained the advantage once more in the 83rd minute, cutting in at the edge left of the box and snatched a shot which hit the bottom left post and turned into the goal, and doubled Pearce’s tally for the day.

Derby hit straight back, their first attack from the restart. The Rams won a corner and the ball flew in, with Cresswell heading it in past Ashby-Hammond to take the game level once more.

Derby almost won it late on, with a shot skimming off the cross bar, but a draw was a fair result at the end of the match, and the Whites kept their 10 match unbeaten streak.

Match Information

Competition: Barclays U18 Premier League

Date: Saturday 1 April 2017
Kick-off: 1:00pm

Venue: Motspur Park, Surrey

Fulham U18s

Line-up: Ashby-Hammond; Fossey, Jenz, Sessegnon, Mundle-Smith; Harris (Thompson 53'), O'Riley; Pearce, Hilton (Santos-Clase 79'), Martin; Elstone (Kelly 73')

Unused substitutes: Garrido, Schwarzer

Derby County U18s

Line-up: Yates; Bogle, Bateman, Thomas, Mills; Dixon, Bird; Jibodu, Mitchell-Lawson, Cresswell; Davie (Magno 90')

Unused substitutes: Rashid, Fryatt, Whittaker, Brown

Fulham U18s (4-2-3-1)
  • 1Taye Ashby-Hammond
  • 2Marlon Fossey
  • 5Moritz Jenz
  • 6Steven Sessegnon
  • 3Jaydn Mundle-Smith
  • 8Jayden Harris
  • 4Matt O'Riley
  • 7Isaac Pearce
  • 10Sonny Hilton
  • 11Dan Martin
  • 9Michael Elstone
  • 12Jose Garrido
  • 13Julian Schwarzer
  • 14Cameron Thompson
  • 15Chris Kelly
  • 16Nicolas Santos-Clase
Derby County U18s (4-2-3-1)
  • 1Matthew Yates
  • 2Jayden Bogle
  • 5Joe Bateman
  • 6Cain Thomas
  • 3Jordan Mills
  • 8Connor Dixon
  • 4Max Bird
  • 7Ayo Jibodu
  • 10Jayden Mitchell-Lawson
  • 11Cameron Cresswell
  • 9Adam Davie
  • 12Fuseine Rashid
  • 13Joe Fryatt
  • 14Morgan Whittaker
  • 15Giann Magno
  • 16Jordan Brown