Saturday 6 May 2017, 11:00am at Motspur Park, Surrey
Fulham FC
Fulham U18s
Pearce 49', 69'
Middlesbrough U18s
Tovemier 13', 21'; Convery 87'

49' Goal

Isaac Pearce

69' Goal

Isaac Pearce

55' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Timmy Abraham
Off:Joe Felix

67' Substitution

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

13' Goal

Marcus Tovemier

21' Goal

Marcus Tovemier

87' Goal

Nathan Convery

18' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Nathan Guru
Off:Nathan Dale

74' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Jack Lombart
Off:Anthony Renton

Isaac Pearce scored twice in a five goal thriller to pull Fulham back into the game, before Boro scored a late winner to take all 3 points.

Fulham lost 3-2 at Motspur Park on Satuday to Middlesbrough. The Whites went two goals down in the first half before Isaac Pearce scored a brace to level things. Boro scored a late winner to take all three points.

This was the final game of the season and Fulham were looking to bounce back from their 5-2 defeat at the hands of Tottenham Hotspurs last week who ended Fulham’s 11 match unbeaten run.

Middlesbrough started the day bottom of the table and were looking for three points in the hope of escaping last place in Merit Group B.

The first chance of the match fell to the Whites. Three minutes in and Djed Spence whipped a ball into the box from the right, it was cleared only to Nicolas Santos-Clase and he smashed an effort but it swerved wide of the left post.

The pressure continued down the right for Fulham, with Joe Felix getting forward and putting balls into the box, trying to find Michael Elstone in the middle. Jayden Harris from outside the area tried his luck from distance but couldn’t find the target.

The first corner fell to Fulham in the match, Jose Garrido headed the ball onto Elstone but the ball rolled to far for him to have a decent angle to shoot from.

It was Middlesbrough that broke the deadlock in the 13th minute against the run of play. Fulham had controlled possession and had the chances.

The ball popped up for Marcus Tovemier outside the area, he struck it from 25 yards out beating Taye Ashby-Hammond with Boro’s first shot of the match.

That goal clearly gave Middlesbrough confidence and it didn’t take long to double their tally. It was Tovemier again who doubled their lead with a deft header, beating Ashby-Hammond once again.

The teams traded attacks, Felix bombing down the right and trying to get a quality cross into the box and the number of corners mounted for Fulham

10 minutes before the break and Harris tried again from long range, he struck with power and with a good connection but his effort flew straight into the keeper’s arm.

Fulham concentrated play down the right and there was some good linking up between Santos-Clase and Felix, which resulted with Elstone whipping a ball across the face of goal. Pearce got on the end but a blue shirt managed to get in the way of his effort and just kept it out to preserve their clean sheet as the first half ended.

The second half kicked off and it started in a similar fashion. Three minutes in and it was the Whites attacking. Elstone shot from the edge of the D, it dipped and the keeper struggled but pushed it out for yet another corner.

This time however when Felix whipped the ball in to the front post, Pearce lost his marker and headed it past the keeper to halve the deficit with 40 minutes left to play.

The Whites attacked again straight away, momentum with them. A challenge came in and Harris went down in the box and the ref waved on, a big decision in the match that could have turned it on its head.

With 20 minutes left in the game Middlesbrough looked to put themselves out of sight again. Connor Mally shot and Ashby-Hammond was forced to make save, and Stephen Walker hit the rebound wide.

Fulham’s second half pressure came good in the 69th minute. Running at goal Pearce had support around him, but wisely chose to strike from the edge of the area low and hard. The ball flew past the keeper as Pearce doubled his tally and levelled the match.

The final 10 minutes was tense and both teams were getting forward. With seven minutes to go Spence crossed a great ball to Timmy Abraham, he managed to get it under his control but shot high over the bar. Either team could have grabbed a winner.

But it was Middlesbrough In the 87th minute who grabbed their chance. They were awarded a dubious free kick left of the box, and it was curled in and Boro’s Nathan Convery was there to nod it past Ashby-Hammond, grabbing the late winner.

With little time left the Whites could not find another equaliser and they were unlucky not to get anything out of their final match of the season, with the match finishing 3-2. 

Match Information

Competition: Barclays U18 Premier League

Date: Saturday 6 May 2017
Kick-off: 11:00am

Venue: Motspur Park, Surrey

Fulham U18s

Line-up: Ashby-Hammond; Felix (Abraham 55'), Mundle-Smith, Garrido, Martin; Hilton, Harris; Spence, Santos-Clase, Pearce; Elstone (Kelly 67')

Unused substitutes: Norman, Armsworth

Middlesbrough U18s

Line-up: Hemming; Hegarty, Convery, Renton (Lombart 74'), Dale (Guru 18'); Liddle, Spence; Tovemier, Walker, Mally; O'Niell

Unused substitutes: Brynn, Wilson, Cooke

Fulham U18s (4-2-3-1)
  • 1Taye Ashby-Hammond
  • 2Joe Felix
  • 5Jaydn Mundle-Smith
  • 6Jose Garrido
  • 3Dan Martin
  • 8Sonny Hilton
  • 4Jayden Harris
  • 7Djed Spence
  • 10Nicolas Santos-Clase
  • 11Isaac Pearce
  • 9Michael Elstone
  • 12Chris Kelly
  • 13Felix Norman
  • 14Scott Armsworth
  • 16Timmy Abraham
Middlesbrough U18s (4-2-3-1)
  • 1Zac Hemming
  • 2Liam Hegarty
  • 5Nathan Convery
  • 6Anthony Renton
  • 3Nathan Dale
  • 8Ben Liddle
  • 4Kian Spence
  • 7Marcus Tovemier
  • 10Stephen Walker
  • 11Connor Mally
  • 9Tyrone O'Niell
  • 12Jack Lombart
  • 13Sol Brynn
  • 14Jay Wilson
  • 15Nathan Guru
  • 16Liam Cooke