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Fulham drew 2-2 to Leicester City on Saturday afternoon at Motspur Park after a dramatic last ditch equaliser from the Foxes.
The Young Whites went ahead twice in the match, first through Tyrese Francois with a free kick, and then Sonny Hilton in the second half.
It was second versus third in the Premier League South and the Whites started with a quick pace, Hilton was pulled down just outside of the area in the second minute.
Hilton crossed into a packed box from the free kick, and Djed Spence couldn’t quite reach the ball with his head.
The opening 10 minutes were strong for the Young Whites, looking the better of the two teams. It was Leicester with the first shot on target though from outside the area, Luca Ashby-Hammond got low and stopped the shot without issue.
In the 13th minute Timmy Abraham held the ball up on the halfway line and passed to Cameron Thompson. The number 10 sprinted straight through the defence and managed a powerful cross into the box, cut out by the keeper.
27 minutes in and Thompson created another promising situation, collecting the ball in midfield and driving towards goal he cut a ball back to Abraham who tried to cross into the box back to Thompson, but didn’t get the connection he wanted on the ball.
Reece York as ever was making important tackles in midfield to break up play and stop any attacks dead in their tracks.
The best chance of the half came in the 35th minute. Thompson picked the pocket of a midfielder and passed to Nicolas Santos-Clase through the middle.
The Spaniard drew his defender and offloaded to the on-running Spence on the left, he was through on goal and only denied by the keeper.
The pressure continued from Fulham, Thompson shot from outside the area and was closed down rapidly by a blue shirt.
In the 45th minute York was clipped on the back of the legs just inside the D and the referee gave a free kick. Francois stepped up and shot goalie side into the back of the net to break the deadlock.
Straight from kick off for the second half the Foxes equalised, as Kanya Leshabela shoot from outside the area beating Ashby-Hammond to level things.
The Young Whites kept their composure and tried to take the grip on the game once more.
in the 64th minute Ashby-Hammond was called into action and made a sterling save to keep the game level.
In the next minute it looked like Fulham had gone ahead, Joe Felix curled a ball towards three players in the box, York headed across goal and the keeper somehow got a hand to the ball.
Fulham put their noses in front for a second time in the 71st minute. Santos-Clase drove into the box and dribbled past three defenders in the box. He cut the ball back to Hilton, without hesitation he slammed it past the keeper to take the lead.
In more or less the next play Fulham almost scored with the same move down the left wing, but two goal-line clearances prevented the gap being widened further.
Ashby-Hammond had not had the busiest match, but the Foxes started shooting on target from distance, and in the rainy conditions he did well to hold onto the shots.
Leicester pressed at the end and Ashby-Hammond made crucial saves including one destined for the top left corner.
Right at the death the referee awarded a penalty to Leicester and Leshabela stepped up. Ashby-Hammond made a fantastic diving save to his right, pushing the ball onto the post and back into play.
Leicester won a resulting corner, and Luke Thomas in the scramble managed to poke it into the back of the net to end the game level.
Competition: Barclays U18 Premier League
Date: Saturday 18 November 2017
Venue: Motspur Park, Surrey
Line-up: Ashby-Hammond; Felix, Asare, Garrido, Spence; Francois, York; Hilton, Thompson, Santos-Clase; Abraham (De Havilland 80')
Unused substitutes: Tahir, Schwarzer, Martin, Armsworth
Line-up: Davies; Elewa-Ipaku, Ughelumba, Husek, Thomas; McLeod, Gill; Williams, Leshabela, Arlott-Ednaeds; Shade
Unused substitutes: Gyamfi, Stolarcyzk, Tavares, Fielding, Meite