Tuesday 27 February 2018, 7:05pm at Craven Cottage, London
Fulham FC
Fulham U18s
Chelsea U18s
o.g. Mundle-Smith 51'; Hudson-Odoi 56'; Taylor-Crossdale 68', 78', (pen) 87'; Sterling 76'

55' Yellow Card

Joe Felix Card was given for a foul

80' Yellow Card

Sonny Hilton Card was given for a foul

90'+1 Yellow Card

Jayden Harris Card was given for a foul

90'+2 Yellow Card

Djed Spence Card was given for violent conduct

73' Missed Penalty

Nicolas Santos-Clase

65' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Dan Martin
Off:Reece York

65' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Timmy Abraham
Off:Chris Kelly

74' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Sonny Hilton
Off:Joe Felix

51' Own-goal

Jaydn Mundle-Smith

56' Goal

Callum Hudson-Odoi
Assist by Billy Gilmour

68' Goal

Martell Taylor-Crossdale
Assist by Callum Hudson-Odoi

76' Goal

Dujon Sterling
Assist by Billy Gilmour

78' Goal

Martell Taylor-Crossdale
Assist by Tariq Lamptey

87' Penalty

Martell Taylor-Crossdale

90'+2 Yellow Card

Martell Taylor-Crossdale Card was given for violent conduct

62' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Martell Taylor-Crossdale
Off:Daishawn Redan

71' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Dujon Sterling
Off:George McEachran

A rampant second half display from Chelsea ended Fulham’s 2018 FA Youth Cup campaign at the Quarter-Final stage.

A rampant second half display from Chelsea ended Fulham’s 2018 FA Youth Cup campaign at the Quarter-Final stage.

There was nothing between the sides at the interval, but the visitors quickly turned it on at Craven Cottage after the restart, with a Jaydn Mundle-Smith own goal and Callum Hudson-Odoi strike handing them the initiative.

Substitute Martell Taylor-Crossdale added a third before Nicolas Santos-Clase missed a penalty for the Young Whites, summing up their evening.

Dujon Sterling then put the game firmly out of sight, before two more from Taylor-Crossdale – the final of which was from the spot – saw him claim his hat-trick and compound a miserable evening for Colin Omogbehin’s boys.

Our SW6 rivals were strong throughout but 6-0 was nonetheless a harsh result for our Under-18s.

Chelsea had the best of the chances in the first 10 minutes but didn’t really test Luca Ashby-Hammond until Billy Gilmour let rip with a rising drive that the Fulham stopper did well to claim at the first attempt.

The visitors went much closer a minute later when Hudson-Odoi – who has made three first team appearances for their senior side – poked beyond the Fulham stopper, but thankfully Mundle-Smith was there to prevent the softly struck effort from crossing the line.

The Young Whites threatened in the 13th minute with a dazzling Tyrese Francois run. The diminutive playmaker beat a host of a blue shirts to jink into the box, before being dispossessed at the last as he went to pull the trigger.

Francois was exciting the crowd whenever he got the ball, and he carved out another chance all by himself in the 33rd minute. After playing an inadvertent one-two with the referee, he drove forward and skipped beyond a pair of Chelsea challenges, only to see his shot at the end of the run well blocked.

The Blues looked to reclaim control of the tie and saw a few half chances come and go, as Hudson-Odoi’s free-kick deflected wide before Conor Gallagher headed into the arms of Ashby-Hammond, who had to save from Tariq Uwakwe moments later.

They needed just six minutes after the restart to take the lead, though, albeit with a huge slice of luck. Hudson-Odoi got in behind Djed Spence on Chelsea’s left-flank and sent in a low cross that Mundle-Smith sent into his own net from close range.

It was 2-0 soon after when Hudson-Odoi took down Gilmour’s high ball, bundled beyond a couple of challenges and rifled home inside the area.

The Whites responded with a driving Reece York run into the Hammersmith End penalty area. He picked out Jayden Harris with his cutback but Chris Kelly couldn’t get out of the way and ended up blocking his teammate’s strike.

There was a good home support in the Johnny Haynes Stand and they urged Santos-Clase to try his luck when space opened up for him 25 yards out, but his shot was wayward and never troubling Jamie Cumming in the Chelsea goal.

On 65 minutes, Head Coach Omogbehin made a double switch, introducing Timmy Abraham and Dan Martin for Kelly and York.

Taylor-Crossdale made it three with his first touch after coming off the bench. More good work from Hudson-Odoi saw him create some space to fizz a cross into the six yard box, which left the substitute with the simplest of finishes.

The Young Whites were handed a lifeline when Abraham was clumsily felled in the area by Cumming. Santos-Clase took penalty responsibility but Cumming made amends with a superb claw away high to his right.

In a frustrating sense of déjà vu, a second Blues substitute had an immediate impact to make it 4-0. Gilmour slipped the ball through to Sterling who held it up to commit Ashby-Hammond, and curled it into the far corner just beyond the stretch of Martin on the line.

Taylor-Crossdale then grabbed his second with a smart downwards header from Tariq Lamptey’s right wing cross into the far corner as the visitors continued to ruthlessly turn the screw.

The Blues were handed a spot-kick of their own when Lamptey was adjudged to have been felled in the area. On a hat-trick, Taylor-Crossdale took charge and sent what would later become his matchball hard and low into the net, to finish off what was a miserable second 45 minutes for Fulham.


Match Information

Competition: The FA Youth Cup

Date: Tuesday 27 February 2018
Kick-off: 7:05pm

Venue: Craven Cottage, London

Fulham U18s

Line-up: Ashby-Hammond; Spence, Sessegnon, Mundle-Smith, Felix (Hilton 74'); Harris; York (Martin 65'), De Havilland, Francois, Kelly (Abraham 65'); Santos-Clase

Unused substitutes: Schwarzer, Carvalho

Chelsea U18s

Line-up: Cumming; Lamptey, Mola, Gallagher, James; Gilmour, Guehi; Uwakwe, McEachran (Sterling 71'), Hudson-Odoi; Redan (Taylor-Crossdale 62')

Unused substitutes: Ziger, Lavinier, Brown

Fulham U18s (4-1-4-1)
  • 1Luca Ashby-Hammond
  • 2Djed Spence
  • 5Steven Sessegnon
  • 6Jaydn Mundle-Smith
  • 3Joe Felix
  • 4Jayden Harris
  • 7Reece York
  • 8Ryan De Havilland
  • 10Tyrese Francois
  • 11Chris Kelly
  • 9Nicolas Santos-Clase
  • 12Timmy Abraham
  • 13Julian Schwarzer
  • 14Sonny Hilton
  • 15Dan Martin
  • 16Fabio Carvalho
Chelsea U18s (4-2-3-1)
  • 1Jamie Cumming
  • 2Tariq Lamptey
  • 5Clinton Mola
  • 6Conor Gallagher
  • 3Reece James
  • 8Billy Gilmour
  • 4Marc Guehi
  • 7Tariq Uwakwe
  • 10George McEachran
  • 11Callum Hudson-Odoi
  • 9Daishawn Redan
  • 12Dujon Sterling
  • 13Karlo Ziger
  • 14Martell Taylor-Crossdale
  • 15Marcel Lavinier
  • 16Charlie Brown