Friday 26 April 2013, 7:00pm at Craven Cottage, London
Fulham FC
Fulham U21s
o.g. Beadling 18'; David (pen) 77'
Sunderland U21s
Noble 63'; Gorrin 90'+3

18' Own-goal

Tom Beadling

77' Penalty

Chris David

23' Yellow Card

Jesse Joronen Card was given for a foul

22' Missed Penalty

Omri Altman

62' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Cameron Burgess
Off:James Musa

78' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Moussa Dembele
Off:Dino Islamovic

85' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Noe Baba
Off:Ryan Williams

63' Goal

Ryan Noble
Assist by Jordan Laidler

90'+3 Goal

Alex Gorrin
Assist by Ryan Noble

78' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Louis Laing
Off:Billy Knott

Fulham Under-21s were held to a 2-2 draw by Sunderland at Craven Cottage on Friday night after a last-minute equaliser.

Fulham’s young charges were denied a win in their final game of the Barclays U-21 Premier League season as they were held 2-2 by Sunderland at Craven Cottage on Friday night.

The Whites, unable to win the title and place in the Play-Offs that ended up in Everton’s hands, can still finish second in the Group One table – with Aston Villa playing the Toffees on Monday – as an own goal and a Chris David penalty were pegged back by Ryan Noble’s effort and a wonder strike in the last minute by Alex Gorrin.

Fulham started brightly and had a good chance early on as David chipped the ball back in to Jack Grimmer after an Omri Altman free-kick had hit the wall. The cross was good, but Dino Islamovic strayed just offside as it arrived.

Sunderland almost broke through after a flowing move ended with Gorrin sneaking in from a tight angle, but goalkeeper Jesse Joronen did just enough to put him off when diving at his feet to force a corner.

Up the other end, Altman released Williams down the right and his cross found Islamovic in the box. The Sweden striker was surrounded by defenders but did well to chest the ball down and hammer in a shot that was deflected over the bar. The Altman/Williams combination was at it again a few minutes later, but Williams’ shot was straight at Jordan Pickford in the Sunderland net.

Billy Knott forced a good save from Joronen as Sunderland continued to find their best attacks on the counter, but it was Fulham who had the better of the first half and they broke the deadlock on 18 minutes as a fine cross from Kavanagh was turned into his own net by defender Tom Beadling.

Fulham then had a great chance to double their lead after a great passing move between Kavanagh and Charles Banya ended with Altman being tripped as he burst into the box, but the Israeli’s 21st-minute penalty was turned around the post well by Pickford.

Hearts were in Fulham mouths just seconds later as a long heave up the pitch saw Noble beat Joronen to the ball just outside the box. The Finland goalkeeper escaped with a yellow card as he took out the striker just outside the box and the resulting free-kick was wasted by the opposition.

Sunderland wasted another couple of chances to go level before the half as Liam Marrs slotted a ball through to Noble who beat the offside trap, but saw his tame shot easily held by Joronen. Then Knott found himself through on goal again, only to fire well over the bar.

After the break, a wonderful crossfield effort found Kavanagh free again on the left but the ball in just evaded Islamovic before he could get his head to it. Then Fulham found themselves on the backfoot and a cross in found Noble in the box – the Sunderland striker turned and curled it over Joronen and into the net for a 62n-minute equaliser.

Sunderland piled on the pressure and Jordan Laidler fizzed a shot past the post from 25 yards; then it was Fulham’s turn to get forward as David then Grimmer had shots blocked.

As the game entered the final 15 minutes, Fulham snatched the lead. A ball in from the corner was cleared high into the air and as Pickford raced out to chase it he clattered into Williams. David stepped up to place the penalty into the left corner and the Whites were in front again.

But they had Joronen to thank for keeping them there. A ball in found Mikael Mandron free in the area on 80 minutes and his header was tipped expertly onto the bar. Fulham held firm and Noble’s shot was well held at the near post by Joronen. David had one more chance to add to the Fulham lead as his curled effort flew just wide, but there was nothing that the boys could do as Gorrin hammered an effort from 35 yards into the top corner to snatch a last-minute draw.

Match Information

Competition: Barclays U21 Premier League

Date: Friday 26 April 2013
Kick-off: 7:00pm

Venue: Craven Cottage, London

Fulham U21s

Line-up: Joronen; Christensen, Grimmer, Musa (Burgess 62'), Kavanagh; Minkwitz, David; Ryan Williams (Baba 85'), Altman, Banya; Islamovic (Dembele 78')

Manager: Kit Symons

Sunderland U21s

Line-up: Pickford; Marrs, Harrison, Beadling, Ferguson; Mitchell, Gorrin, Laidler, Knott (Laing 78'); Noble, Mandron

Fulham U21s (4-2-3-1)
  • 1Jesse Joronen
  • 2Lasse Vigen Christensen
  • 6Jack Grimmer
  • 5James Musa
  • 3Sean Kavanagh
  • 4Ronny Minkwitz
  • 10Chris David
  • 7Ryan Williams
  • 8Omri Altman
  • 11Charles Banya
  • 9Dino Islamovic
  • 14Cameron Burgess
  • 16Noe Baba
  • 17Moussa Dembele
  • Kit Symons
Sunderland U21s (4-4-2)
  • 1Jordan Pickford
  • 2Liam Marrs
  • 5Scott Harrison
  • 6Tom Beadling
  • 3David Ferguson
  • 7Adam Mitchell
  • 8Alex Gorrin
  • 4Jordan Laidler
  • 11Billy Knott
  • 9Ryan Noble
  • 10Mikael Mandron
  • 15Louis Laing