Saturday 12 August 2017, 11:00am at Motspur Park, Surrey
Fulham FC
Fulham U18s
Hilton 49'; Thompson 62', 64', 90'
Arsenal U18s
Balogun 48'

49' Goal

Sonny Hilton

62' Goal

Cameron Thompson

64' Goal

Cameron Thompson

90' Goal

Cameron Thompson

80' Missed Penalty

Cameron Thompson

33' Substitution

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

70' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Ryan De Havilland
Off:Tyrese Francois

80' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Reece York
Off:Nicolas Santos-Clase

48' Goal

Fol Balogun

Cameron Thompson scored a second half hat trick as the Young Whites went on to win their opening fixture.

Fulham beat Arsenal 4-1 in their opening match of the season. Cameron Thompson scored a hat trick in the London derby, whilst Sonny Hilton scored the first goal for the Young Whites to bring them level after going behind.

The first shot came in the fifth minute, and it was the with the Young Whites pressing. Joe Felix flicked a clever ball and spun past his defender on the right, before shooting at goal. His effort was matched with a good save.

Arsenal had their first chance a minute later. Fol Balogun went through Fulham’s defence for a one on one with Luca Ashby-Hammond, the keeper rushed off his line quickly and made a crucial block.

The first quarter of an hour was tidy football from Fulham, attempting to poke holes in the Gunners’ defence with Abraham and Cameron Thompson running the channels.

Emile Smith-Rowe had Arsenal’s second chance of the match in the 18th minute, receiving the ball at the edge of the box, he curled an effort over the bar.

Thompson was next with an attempt, having run from midfield he shot from outside the area, but didn’t trouble Joao Virginia, in-between the sticks for Arsenal. 

Arsenal’s defence was resilient for the first half, and the Gunners got more of a grip on the game, even though they did not have possession they were pressing high. When they did attack, Felix and Djed Spence made important blocks. 

Jaydn Mundle-Smith and Zico Asare were doing well to marshal the men the were marking, not giving them any space.

The final ten minutes of the opening half saw both teams have attempts, Nicolas Santos-Clase went by himself and came close to an opener as he hooked a shot just wide of the left upright.

In the 44th minute it looked like the Whites had made the breakthrough, only to be denied by some superb goalkeeping. 

Jayden Harris cleverly intercepted in midfield and linked well with Thompson. Having run the whole pitch, he slotted a ball back to Harris, and the keeper was forced into a diving save to keep the ball out of the net. 

That wasn’t the end of the half, as Hilton found the ball at his feet within a metre of the line. He shot point blank, but Virginia made another important save. 

Hilton had a second bite at the cherry with the rebound, but a blue shirt of in the way and blocked his shot.

The second half started more hectically than the last finished. Within 90 seconds the deadlock was broken by Arsenal. Balogun found a free header inside the box, and steered it past Ashby-Hammond into the corner to take the lead.

The Whites responded instantaneously, Santos-Clase broke down the left, pulled a ball into the box for Hilton, this time he slammed his effort past the keeper to level the game within a minute of going behind.

From the restart Fulham were within a whisker of going ahead. They regained possession quickly and Kelly direct, beating his defender and shot inches wide with Viriginia rooted to the spot.

60 minutes in and Ashby-Hammond was called into action twice, saving both shots from substitute Bakayo Sako. The first was easy enough, but the second needed him to dive fully stretch to knock it past the post.

Two minutes later the Whites took the lead for the first time. Thompson collected the ball inside the area after Hilton’s effort was blocked. He took his time to slot it past Virginia for the lead.

From there the Young Whites didn’t look back. Two minutes after the goal, Chris Kelly sprinted into the area and was tackled from behind, the referee took no hesitation to award a penalty. 

From the 12-yard spot Thompson stepped up and slammed it into the bottom left corner with the keeper guessing correctly, but couldn’t reach his precise shot, creating a gap for Fulham.

Fulham were awarded another penalty as Harris was tripped up, muscling his way inside the box to give Thompson the chance to seal his hat trick.

Thompson changed direction and shot right, but at shoulder high the keeper guessed correctly to deny him.

Fulham managed the game well, Reece York had a chance to finish it the match completely, shooting from within the 6-yard line but straight at the keeper. The game was decided once and for all moments later, as Thompson collected the ball inside the box in stoppage time and tucked it inside the net to claim his hat trick.

A great display from the Young Whites saw them win in style in their first match of the season. 

Match Information

Competition: Barclays U18 Premier League

Date: Saturday 12 August 2017
Kick-off: 11:00am

Venue: Motspur Park, Surrey

Fulham U18s

Line-up: Ashby-Hammond; Felix, Asare, Mundle-Smith, Spence; Francois (De Havilland 70'), Harris; Hilton, Thompson, Santos-Clase (York 80'); Abraham (Kelly 33')

Unused substitutes: Schwarzer, Garrido

Arsenal U18s

Line-up: Virginia; Clarke, Olowu, Medley, Omole; Benson, Ballard; Thompson, Burton, Smith-Rowe; Balogun

Unused substitutes: Smith, Okonkwo, Daley-Campbell, Olayinka, Sako

Fulham U18s (4-2-3-1)
  • 1Luca Ashby-Hammond
  • 2Joe Felix
  • 5Zico Asare
  • 6Jaydn Mundle-Smith
  • 3Djed Spence
  • 8Tyrese Francois
  • 4Jayden Harris
  • 7Sonny Hilton
  • 10Cameron Thompson
  • 11Nicolas Santos-Clase
  • 9Timmy Abraham
  • 12Julian Schwarzer
  • 13Reece York
  • 14Ryan De Havilland
  • 15Jose Garrido
  • 16Chris Kelly
Arsenal U18s (4-2-3-1)
  • 1Joao Virginia
  • 2Harrison Clarke
  • 5Joseph Olowu
  • 6Zech Medley
  • 3Tobi Omole
  • 8Josh Benson
  • 4Danny Ballard
  • 7Dominic Thompson
  • 10Robbie Burton
  • 11Emile Smith-Rowe
  • 9Fol Balogun
  • 12Matt Smith
  • 13Arthur Okonkwo
  • 14Vontae Daley-Campbell
  • 15James Olayinka
  • 16Bakayo Sako