Saturday 14 October 2017, 12:00pm at Motspur Park, Surrey
Fulham FC
Fulham U18s
Aston Villa U18s
Birch 18'; Ramsay 31', 45'+38

76' Yellow Card

Zico Asare Card was given for a foul

60' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Reece York
Off:Timmy Abraham

18' Goal

Mason Birch

31' Goal

Jacob Ramsay

45'+38 Goal

Jacob Ramsay

64' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Colin Odutayo
Off:Mungo Bridge

Fulham fell to their first home loss of the season to Aston Villa at Motspur Park on Saturday morning.

The Young Whites lost 3-0 to Aston Villa in a midday kick off at Motspur Park on Saturday. The match was closer than the score suggested, but with two first half goals from Mason Birch and Jacob Ramsey gave Villa a sizeable lead.

Ramsey added his second deep into the second half, confirming the victory for Villa.

It was Villa with the first opportunity of the match, a loose pass from a Fulham centre-back left Dimitri Sea through on goal. Under no pressure his shot sailed over the bar to the Young Whites’ relief.

Fulham started to control the game, in the seventh minute, Djed Spence from right back ran through four Villa players before slotting a ball to Timmy Abraham in the box.

The striker was pulled off balance by a defender but poked a shot on target, forcing a save from Mani Idem. Djed Spence had the next good chance from a corner, heading into the keeper’s arms.

However, it was Villa that broke the deadlock in the next play with a quick counter. Mason Birch shot from outside the right of the area, tucking his shot inside the left post.

25 minutes into the match and Chris Kelly won a corner down the right. Tyrese Francois curled a perfect ball into the box and Abraham headed hard on target, but it was matched by another good save by Idem.

Half an hour in and the match had been fairly even, however Villa doubled their lead in the next minute. Captain Jack Walker pulled a ball back from right of goal to Jacob Ramsey. 

The number 10 struck the ball in off the left post, similar to Birch’s goal. Luca Ashby-Hammond got his finger tips to the ball this time but couldn’t keep it out.

Fulham looked to respond straight away, Spence crossed a ball from close to the touchline towards Jayden Harris, towering at the back post. Under pressure, he couldn’t get a connection on the ball.

Ashby-Hammond made a fantastic save to keep the Young Whites in the match with eight minutes left in the half.

In the 43rd minute the Young Whites tried to penetrate the Villains’ defence from the left. Joe Felix played a cute ball to Nicolas Santos-Clase, but Idem came out quickly and saved his point blank shot.

The second half started at a quicker pace. Santos-Clase tried to get through on goal but was denied. Spence raced past the left back and with some trickery, and crossed into the box for Kelly to blast an effort on target.

The Whites were piling on the pressure. A long ball found Abraham in the box, he shot near post and Idem saved. Ten minutes into the half Kelly whipped a ball to Harris on the 6-yard line, but headed just wide of the post. 

67 minutes in and Fulham were concentrating their attacks down the right. Sonny Hilton was working hard with Spence, whipping balls into the box towards Harris, but Villa were defending well.

Five minutes later Fulham went very close from a set piece. Having won a free kick 25-yards out, Francois curled a ball into the box, Jose Garrido headed across goal to Harris who slammed his effort into the cross bar.

Fulham went close again in the 75th minute, Harris slipped a ball through to Santos-Clase, and he dragged a cross across the face of goal which no one could get to it.

Fulham won a succession of corners, but couldn’t break down Aston Villa’s defence. 

Villa put the game to bed in the 83rd minute with their third goal. With so many men forward, Villa were able to break quickly. A pinpoint cross found its way to Ramsey, who volleyed it past Ashby-Hammond for his second.

Fulham continued to fight, but couldn’t find a way back into the match in the final minutes.

Match Information

Competition: Barclays U18 Premier League

Date: Saturday 14 October 2017
Kick-off: 12:00pm

Venue: Motspur Park, Surrey

Fulham U18s

Line-up: Ashby-Hammond; Spence, Asare, Garrido, Felix; Harris, Francois; Kelly, Hilton, Santos-Clase; Abraham (York 60')

Unused substitutes: Wickens, Frei, Davis, Cover

Aston Villa U18s

Line-up: Idem; Walker, Revan, Patterson, Williams; Brunt, Birch; Birch, Ramsay, Bridge (Odutayo 64'); Sea

Unused substitutes: Tait, Boucher, Goy, Graham

Fulham U18s (4-2-3-1)
  • 1Luca Ashby-Hammond
  • 2Djed Spence
  • 5Zico Asare
  • 6Jose Garrido
  • 3Joe Felix
  • 8Jayden Harris
  • 4Tyrese Francois
  • 7Chris Kelly
  • 10Sonny Hilton
  • 11Nicolas Santos-Clase
  • 9Timmy Abraham
  • 12Reece York
  • 13George Wickens
  • 14Elias Frei
  • 15Ben Davis
  • 16Tristan Cover
Aston Villa U18s (4-2-3-1)
  • 1Mani Idem
  • 2Jake Walker
  • 5Dominic Revan
  • 6Ethan Patterson
  • 3Josh Williams
  • 8Lewis Brunt
  • 4Jack Birch
  • 7Mason Birch
  • 10Jacob Ramsay
  • 11Mungo Bridge
  • 9Dimitri Sea
  • 12Michael Tait
  • 13Kieran Boucher
  • 14Ben Goy
  • 15Isaiah Graham
  • 16Colin Odutayo