Monday 8 April 2013, 7:00pm at Goodison Park, Liverpool
Everton U21s
Duffy 55'
Fulham FC
Fulham U21s
Tankovic 80'

55' Goal

Shane Duffy
Assist by Luke Garbutt

45' Yellow Card

Francisco Júnior Card was given for a foul

68' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Sam Kelly
Off:Tony Hibbert

80' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Chris Long
Off:Apostolos Vellios

80' Goal

Muamer Tankovic
Assist by Ryan Williams

48' Yellow Card

Chris David Card was given for diving

62' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Muamer Tankovic
Off:Chris David

80' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Charles Banya
Off:Ryan Williams

Substitute Muamer Tankovic's late strike earned Fulham U21s a deserved 1-1 draw at Everton on Monday night.

A superb late strike by substitute Muamer Tankovic earned Fulham Under-21s a 1-1 draw against Everton at Southport's Merseyrail Community Stadium on Monday night.

After Shane Duffy had put Everton in front just before the hour mark, Tankovic stepped off the bench to level matters with just 11 minutes remaining.

Apostolos Vellios had gone close to giving league leaders Everton the lead early on, but his header from Luke Garbutt’s cross flew just wide.

Fulham’s first effort of note came just before the half-hour mark but Ryan Williams’ shot was saved by Mason Springthorpe. Chris David then sent a free-kick whistling inches over seconds prior to the interval.

Fulham went even closer five minutes into the second half when Williams’ effort clipped the post after Everton had failed to clear their lines.

But five minutes later it was the Toffees who were in front, Duffy meeting Garbutt’s floated delivery to head home at the far post.

Duffy went close three minutes later in similar circumstances, while, at the other end, Springthorpe saved bravely at the feet of Lasse Vigen Christensen.

The Whites deservedly levelled matters on 79 minutes, though, when Tankovic curled a brilliant effort past Springthorpe.

Fulham’s joy was very nearly short-lived – John Stones nodded just wide, before Duffy saw a long-range drive cannon back off the crossbar having collected a loose ball and drove forward.

But the Whites held on to earn an excellent point, setting themselves up nicely for the visit of Middlesbrough to Motspur Park on Thursday evening (7pm).

Under-21s boss Kit Symons told the official website: “Overall I’m reasonably pleased with a point but I’m a bit disappointed we didn’t win it to be honest. We played quite well in difficult conditions; the pitch was dry and bobbly. But we worked hard to do the right things and played some very good football at times. We lacked a bit of a cutting edge at times but we created some good opportunities.

“I thought we were on top throughout the second half and their goal came against the run of play. It was a free-kick wide on the right and the big centre-half Duffy got a touch in front of Stephen Arthurworrey and it just trickled into the net.

“So it was a disappointing goal to give away at a time when we were on top but we kept going, kept playing and Tank came on and scored a very good goal for us.”

Fulham: Joronen, Passley, Kavanagh, Christensen, Arthurworrey, Grimmer, Altman, Minkwitz, Woodrow, David, Williams.

Match Information

Competition: Barclays U21 Premier League

Date: Monday 8 April 2013
Kick-off: 7:00pm

Venue: Goodison Park, Liverpool

Everton U21s

Line-up: Springthorpe; Browning, Hibbert (Kelly 68'), Duffy, Garbutt; Stones, Francisco Júnior, Grant, Kennedy; Hope, Vellios (Long 80')

Fulham U21s

Line-up: Joronen; Passley, Grimmer, Arthurworrey, Kavanagh; Christensen, Minkwitz, Altman; David (Tankovic 62'), Ryan Williams (Banya 80'); Woodrow

Everton U21s (4-4-2)
  • 1Mason Springthorpe
  • 6Tyias Browning
  • 2Tony Hibbert
  • 5Shane Duffy
  • 3Luke Garbutt
  • 11John Stones
  • 4Francisco Júnior
  • 8Conor Grant
  • 7Matthew Kennedy
  • 10Hallam Hope
  • 9Apostolos Vellios
  • 14Sam Kelly
  • 16Chris Long
Fulham U21s (4-3-2-1)
  • 1Jesse Joronen
  • 2Joshua Passley
  • 6Jack Grimmer
  • 5Stephen Arthurworrey
  • 3Sean Kavanagh
  • 4Lasse Vigen Christensen
  • 8Ronny Minkwitz
  • 7Omri Altman
  • 10Chris David
  • 11Ryan Williams
  • 9Cauley Woodrow
  • 16Charles Banya
  • 14Muamer Tankovic