Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Ryan De Havilland
Player was substituted for tactical reasons
Fulham won their third match of the season 2-0 against Southampton on Saturday morning, extending their unbeaten run in the Premier League South.
Chris Kelly scored in the 75th minute, before Nicolas Santos-Clase all but secured the win from the penalty spot in the 81st minute.
The opening five minutes the Whites were camped in Southampton’s half, winning corners from both sides.
Djed Spence had the opening shot, it ricocheted through the box but was cleared by a Southampton defender.
The match continued in this vein for the opening 10 minutes until the Saints had their first chance from a corner.
The danger was cleared by Fulham, however only as far as a Southampton midfielder. He blasted a shot over the bar from 30 yards out.
Moments later, Southampton had another effort from 25 yards out, this effort was closer but still didn’t trouble Luca Ashby-Hammond.
The match became more balanced, with most of the battles in midfield. The next big chance came in the 20th minute as Chris Kelly drove a ball across the goal mouth but no body in a white shirt was there.
Sonny Hilton did well to collect the ball and sent a cute pass into the box. Reece York back heal flicked his effort towards goal, but an unlucky deflection stopped the breakthrough in the match.
A minute later the Young Whites won a free kick on the edge of the area in line with the 6-yard box. Hilton chipped an effort into the box, and Cameron Thompson dived with his head and bulleted the ball wide.
In the 35th minute the next chance came. Mundle-Smith broke up the pitch and slotted a ball to Santos-Clase. The Spaniard couldn’t get his effort on target.
A minute later and the first clear cut opportunity arrived for the Young Whites. York was chopped down just inside the Southampton box, and the ref blew his whistle and pointed to the spot.
Thompson stepped up, but slammed his effort into the left post and the ball bounced out of play.
The Young Whites were in the ascendency, a cross was floated into the box and they had another chance, Thompson glanced a header towards goal, but this time his shot came off the right post, missing by the smallest of margins.
The second half kicked off in a similar fashion to the first had, Fulham were at it from the off.
Kelly hit a shot from the right straight at the keeper in the 48th minute, and in the next attack moments later he drilled a low cross through the box, only to be cleared by a Saints defender.
10 minutes after the break, Thompson had another close range shot blocked at the near post. The pressure was mounting from the Young Whites.
In the 60th minute Spence won a free kick just outside the area. Kelly played it short to Tyrese Francois, he shot at goal but his effort was cleared to Hilton. He also curled an effort at goal, missing by inches.
The Saints countered and Ashby-Hammond made the first important save of the match, getting down low to keep the score level.
The chances for the Whites kept coming and you felt it was a matter of time until the breakthrough, in the 69th minute Hilton ran into the box, and lashed as shot wide of the left post across goal.
A minute late Hilton did well to hold up a ball and play Kelly in, his shot was hooked slightly too wide as well.
The breakthrough final came in the 75th minute for the Whites, Dan Martin darted down the left, and managed to squeeze a low cross through the packed box to Kelly, who was waiting at the back.
Unmarked, he took his time and slotted his shot straight past the keeper to make it 1-0.
The Young Whties doubled their lead five minutes later. Showkat Tahir was on the pitch for less than two minutes as he sprinted into the box and a Southampton leg tripped him up.
Santos-Clase stepped up this time, with a long run up smashed it to his right, sealing the victory.
The last ten minutes the clock ran down without either team getting forward. The fulltime whistle blew, to make it seven points from nine for Fulham.
Competition: Barclays U18 Premier League
Date: Saturday 26 August 2017
Venue: Motspur Park, Surrey
Line-up: Ashby-Hammond; Spence, Mundle-Smith, Garrido, Martin; Francois, York; Kelly (Tahir 77'), Hilton (De Havilland 76'), Santos-Clase; Thompson
Unused substitutes: Abraham, Wickens, Asare
Line-up: Cuil; Olufunwa, Ramsay, Klarer, Siu; Smallbone, Hamblin; Hale, Bartlett, Vokins; Obafemi
Unused substitutes: Owen, Parkes, Fleary, Andrew-Knott, Norton