Assist by Ryan De Havilland
Zico Asare Card was given for a foul
Player was substituted for tactical reasons
Player was substituted due to an injury
Assist by Harrison Myring
Jakub Stolarczyk Card was given for a foul
Fulham Under-18s registered two wins from two games with a narrow win over Leicester on Saturday afternoon.
A stunning Fabio Carvalho strike opened the scoring before Dempsey Arlott-John’s header levelled the game. Sonny Hilton’s low finish 20 minutes from time secured the victory.
A frantic game unfolded in the blustery conditions. Idris Odutayo wrestled the ball away from his man and fed Sonny Hilton in an offside position with a clear opening in sight. Zico Asare similarly stepped in on the other flank and squared for Carvalho, but Ed Elewa-Ikpakwu tracked him well.
Fulham were camped in the Leicester half and Connor McAvoy nearly handed us a lead with a towering header from a set-play. As a result of this, Hilton was presented with the best chance of the game. Showkat Tahir’s cross found him free but he miscued his shot wide.
The Foxes took their time to find their feet and they had a clear-cut chance for themselves mid-way through the first half. Arlott-John found himself latching onto a loose ball but McAvoy’s heroic block kept the scores level.
Harrison Myring’s powerful presence was causing issues for young Odutayo. The winger’s powerful cross found Johnson Gyamfi and his effort curled away from the far post.
The Young Whites were finding their rhythm and some slick moves followed. Carvalho plucked a ball out of the sky expertly and back heeled to Odutayo. The left back’s powerful drive could only slam the side netting.
Carvalho’s brilliance was the key to breaking the deadlock. He whipped one into the top corner from 25-yards leaving Jakub Stolarczyk with no chance. The stopper was then fortunate to stay on the pitch as he scythed down the rampaging Jean-Pierre Tiehi. Only a yellow was brandished.
Leicester attempted the direct approach into the second half and Lukas Husek’s header flew over the bar from a corner. The headed approach came good, as Myring’s cross was met powerful by Dempsey Arlott-John to level things up.
The go-to man off the bench Terry Ablade made a strong run in behind to round Stolarczyk and Husek got around well to make the vital block. The deadly duo of Ablade and Carvalho were at it again as the latter drove through to force another smart low save.
The second breakthrough was made through fortunate circumstances. A feint touch from a Leicester defender meant Hilton could turn and fire home from an offside looking position. The goal stood.
Naturally, Leicester pushed for the equaliser and Arlott-John spun his man and sent one towards the same top corner Carvalho found. Luca Ashby-Hammond sprung brilliantly to not only stop the shot but hold it.
The Young Whites rode the wave and held on to secure back-to back wins.
Competition: Barclays U18 Premier League
Date: Saturday 2 March 2019
Venue: Motspur Park, Surrey
Line-up: Ashby-Hammond; Asare (Pajaziti 85'), Armsworth, McAvoy, Odutayo; De Havilland, Page (Ablade 56'); Tahir, Hilton, Carvalho; Tiehi
Unused substitutes: Stahl
Line-up: Stolarczyk; Elewa-Ikpakwu, Kranthove, Husek, Murch; Gyamfi, James, Ewing; Myring, A-John, Fitzhugh
Unused substitutes: Sams, Barrett, Russ