Fulham beat Brighton and Hove Albion 3-0 on Saturday morning at Motspur Park. Timmy Abraham scored a brace, and Djed Spence put the icing on the cake with a long range injury-time goal.
Both teams came into this match unbeaten in all competitions. Last time out the Whites beat Aston Villa in the PL Cup, with an impressive 4-0 victory.
In the 7th minute, Nicolas Santos-Clase picked the ball up in midfield and darted through a number of defenders into the left of the box but his cross was cleared.
A minute later the Young Whites registered their first shot on goal, a ball was cleared to Steven Sessegnon 30 yards out and the centre back struck the ball well but Tom McGill caught his effort.
10 minutes in and Fulham were controlling possession with the Seagulls trying to press high. Spence made an excellent run down the right hand side and floated a ball into Jayden Harris at the back post.
He in turn tried to get an effort at goal but a block from a yellow shirt came in.
In the 14th minute Spence was at it again with some clever footwork, tormenting the left back, he cut a ball across goal to Santos-Clase but the Spaniard didn’t connect well and his effort was saved.
The deadlock was broken by the Young Whites in the 20th minute. A deft through ball from Hilton put both Cameron Thompson and Hilton through on goal.
Thompson sprinted left into the box, dragging a defender away and giving Abraham an alternative option, instead the front man went himself from a tight angle and slammed a shot past the keeper into the top left corner of the goal.
Brighton had another very good chance, Tyrese Fornah fired a ball into the box, Ben Clarke-Eden headed on target but Luca Ashby-Hammond saved.
In the final 10 minutes before the break Brighton stepped it up a gear and had the better of the chances with only a goal separating the teams.
In the 37th minute the Seagulls had thought they had scored. A shot was rocketed at goal and Ashby-Hammond palmed the ball onto the bar and back into play, it fell for Danny Cashman who poked the rebound into the back of the net, Fulham were saved by the offside flag.
At the beginning of the second half Brighton had a good chance, with Fornah having a shot blocked. With a free kick Ashby-Hammond was called in to make another fantastic save.
However, it was the Young Whites to score next, widening the gap further. On the break, Hilton cut a ball to Abraham left inside the box, surrounded by defenders he slammed a shot at goal and it beat McGill for the second time.
That goal put the wind back in Fulham’s sails. Abraham won the ball in midfield, in a 2 on 1 he unselfishly passed to Thompson, who blasted a shot that the keeper just kept out.
In the 58th minute Harris then had a pop from 25 yards out, and it was creeping into the left but a diving save kept Brighton’s deficit at 2.
Fulham won several free kicks on either side, but Tyrese Francois couldn’t get his curling efforts beneath the bar.
The game was put to bed in injury time, with Spence winning the ball in his own half. He sprinted the pitch and shot from outside the area, straight across the keeper into the bottom left hand corner.
Next week the Young Whites face Chelsea, the only team in the league not to drop a point this season.
Competition: Barclays U18 Premier League
Date: Saturday 23 September 2017
Venue: Motspur Park, Surrey
Line-up: Ashby-Hammond; Spence, Mundle-Smith, Sessegnon, Martin; Francois, Harris; Hilton, Thompson, Santos-Clase; Abraham
Unused substitutes: Kelly, Tahir, Frei, Asare, York
Line-up: McGill; Morrison, Shihab, Clarke-Edun, Tutt; Cochrane, Ferguson; Longman, Fornah, Hutchinson; Cashman
Unused substitutes: Weaire, Bentley, Ibeh, Ljubicic