Saturday 7 March 2020, 11:00am at Motspur Park, Surrey
Fulham FC
Fulham U18s
Tiehi 23'; Stansfield 43'
Brighton and Hove Albion U18s

23' Goal

Jean-Pierre Tiehi

43' Goal

Jay Stansfield

79' Yellow Card

Sylvester Jasper Card was given for a foul

84' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Terry Ablade
Off:Mika Biereth

18' Yellow Card

Jack Spong Card was given for a foul

74' Yellow Card

Lorent Tolaj Card was given for a foul

46' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:James Furlong
Off:Sam Packham

64' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Lorent Tolaj
Off:Ben Wilson

77' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Marcus IIfil
Off:Steffan Vukoje

Fulham under-18s got straight back to winning ways with a 2-0 win over Brighton and Hove Albion at Motspur Park.

U18s Return To Winning Ways

Saturday 7 March 2020 15:00

Main Action:

Fulham Under-18s got straight back to winning ways with a 2-0 win over Brighton and Hove Albion at Motspur Park.

Jean-Pierre Tiehi and Jay Stansfield fired the hosts ahead before half-time, which proved to be enough for the three points. 

Fulham flew out of the blocks, creating a couple of early chances. Stansfield received the ball on the right and fired a low cross into the box which found Ollie O’Neill, whose powerful shot was well saved by Fynn Talley.

12 minutes in, Brighton defender Antef Tsoungui sloppily gave the ball to Sylvester Jasper who performed a clever back-heel to play Tiehi through on goal. The striker looked set to score, but his shot dribbled just wide of the left post.

Brighton also looked lively going forward and George Wickens was tested a couple of minutes later. Marc Leonard picked up the ball on the edge of the box before unleashing a venomous strike. It was heading straight for the top left corner but Wickens denied him with a wonderful diving safe.

The deadlock was broken 22 minutes in after O’Neill’s low cross was tapped in by Tiehi after a mighty scramble in the box.

Brighton’s Antef Tsoungui very nearly levelled the scoring when his powerful header on the end of a Spong cross flew just wide.

The Young Whites doubled their lead just before half-time. Stansfield capitalised on a mistake at the back before taking the ball past the keeper and tapping into an open net.

The second half saw less chances than the first, with both sides struggling to maintain possession. Defender Luca Murphy provided a spark in the 68th minute, bombing down the right-hand side and delivering a cross which was well cleared.

Seven minutes later, Stansfield swung in a high, looping cross but Tiehi found himself off balance and headed over.

The hosts were inches away from adding a third on 81 minutes through a smart piece of play. O’Neill laid the ball off for Jasper on the overlap who put in a good cross for Tiehi. The striker was leaning back but managed to connect with the ball, which struck the post.

With another win under their belt, the Under-18s will travel to face West Ham on Saturday.

What This Means:

The result means Fulham widen the gap at the top of the table. They sit four points clear of second place Chelsea, with the fellow London side still yet to play. Brighton remain in sixth place. 

Key Talking Points:

  • Both Tiehi and Stansfield have now scored in back-to-back games.
  • Sylvester Jasper put in a strong performance after returning to the starting 11.
  • Mika Biereth pulled up in the second half with an injury and was subsequently taken off.

Match Information

Competition: Barclays U18 Premier League

Date: Saturday 7 March 2020
Kick-off: 11:00am

Venue: Motspur Park, Surrey

Fulham U18s

Line-up: Wickens; Murphy, Bowat, McAvoy, Odutayo; Page, O'Neill; Stansfield, Biereth (Ablade 84'); Jasper, Tiehi

Unused substitutes: Las, Benjamin, Olakigbe

Brighton and Hove Albion U18s

Line-up: Talley; Tanimowo, Tsoungui, Turns, Leahy; Spong, Packham (Furlong 46'), Leonard; Everitt, Wilson (Tolaj 64'), Vukoje (IIfil 77')

Unused substitutes: Reid, Miller

Fulham U18s (4-2-2-2)
  • 1George Wickens
  • 2Luca Murphy
  • 5Ibane Bowat
  • 6Connor McAvoy
  • 3Idris Odutayo
  • 4Jonathon Page
  • 8Ollie O'Neill
  • 7Jay Stansfield
  • 11Mika Biereth
  • 10Sylvester Jasper
  • 9Jean-Pierre Tiehi
  • 12Damian Las
  • 14Terry Ablade
  • 15Xavier Benjamin
  • 16Michael Olakigbe
Brighton and Hove Albion U18s (4-3-3)
  • 1Fynn Talley
  • 2Ayo Tanimowo
  • 5Antef Tsoungui
  • 6Ed Turns
  • 3Jack Leahy
  • 7Jack Spong
  • 4Sam Packham
  • 8Marc Leonard
  • 10Matt Everitt
  • 9Ben Wilson
  • 11Steffan Vukoje
  • 12James Furlong
  • 13Tommy Reid
  • 14Todd Miller
  • 15Lorent Tolaj
  • 16Marcus IIfil