Tuesday 22 December 2015, 1:00pm at Amex Training Centre, Lancing
Brighton and Hove Albion U21s
Tilley 23'; Harper 56', 84'
Fulham FC
Fulham U21s
Woodrow 25'; Williams 35'; Kait 82'

23' Goal

James Tilley
Assist by Dylan Barnett

56' Goal

Jack Harper

84' Goal

Jack Harper

60' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Jeffrey Monakana
Off:Will Collar

77' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Jordan Maguire-Drew
Off:Daniel Akindayini

25' Goal

Cauley Woodrow
Assist by George Williams

35' Goal

George Williams

82' Goal

Mattias Kait
Assist by Luca de la Torre

79' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Mattias Kait
Off:Lasse Vigen Christensen

Fulham U21s extended their unbeaten run to five games with a 3-3 draw with Brighton & Hove Albion on Tuesday.

Fulham Under-21s extended their unbeaten run to five games following a 3-3 draw with Brighton & Hove Albion at a wet and windy American Express Elite Football Performance Centre on Tuesday.

After James Tilley had put the hosts in front, Cauley Woodrow responded quickly to level the score, and a stunner from George Williams put the Whites ahead going into half-time.

Jack Harper drew the Seagulls level after the break but Fulham thought they’d won it when substitute Mattias Kait netted late on, but Harper had the final say as the sides shared the points in an entertaining encounter.

Peter Grant named another strong side following the win over Colchester United two weeks ago. Sakari Mattila and Lasse Vigen Christensen, both working their way back from injuries, featured alongside fellow First Teamers Sean Kavanagh, Woodrow and Williams.

The windy conditions influenced the encounter from the outset and it was Fulham who started the brighter. Williams featured heavily in the opening 10 minutes on the left flank and Josh Smile, in the deep lying holding role, did a good job of breaking up play and preventing any Brighton attacks from taking shape.

On 15 minutes the light rain turned torrential and a swirling wind picked up, hindering both sides from maintaining possession. The breakthrough came somewhat against the run of play as Rob Hunt was put through on the left wing by Harper. His low cross was met by Tilley who fired home past Marek Rodák in the Fulham net.

The Whites did not let head their heads drop after falling behind and were back on level terms two minutes later. Williams pounced on a poor back pass by a Brighton defender, and as Bailey Vose advanced out of the Brighton goal to put pressure on him, the winger squared a well weighted pass to Woodrow who slotted home into the empty net.

Woodrow continued to cause problems for the Seagulls defence and moments later he had a shot well blocked just outside the box following a Kavanagh cross.

Fulham grabbed the lead in the 35th minute through a superb Williams effort. With Grant urging his team forward and encouraging a quicker and more positive approach the team duly obliged. After slick, patient build up the ball found its way to Williams on the left flank. After cutting inside and beating the Brighton right back, he curled a perfect shot past Vose.

The slim lead remained intact until 10 minutes into the second half. Cameron Burgess and Jack Grimmer were marshalling the back line and repelling any Brighton aerial advances. However, when the wind once again picked up Brighton pulled level through a scrappy goal from Harper.

Following the equaliser Fulham started to play shorter, simple passes to nullify the restrictive winds whipping across the training ground. Kay Voser became increasingly involved down the right wing and provided support to Luca de la Torre who was always looking to take on his marker.

It was de la Torre who set up Fulham’s third on 82 minutes. Voser played a pass just beyond him which appeared to be heading out for a goal kick. But, showing great determination, de la Torre reached the pass and played an inch perfect cross to Kait, who had the simple task of tapping in past a bewildered Vose.

With five minutes remaining the Seagulls once again tied it up. Harper was put through by an inch perfect ball and when his initial shot was blocked by Rodák, he reacted the quickest to pounce on the loose ball and side foot home.

The frenetic pace of the match continued right up to the final whistle but neither team was able to grab a winner. A real Christmas cracker of a match to finish up what has been a positive end for Grant’s 21s.

Match Information

Competition: Barclays U21 Premier League Division 2

Date: Tuesday 22 December 2015
Kick-off: 1:00pm

Venue: Amex Training Centre, Lancing

Brighton and Hove Albion U21s

Line-up: Vose; Hunt, Barclay, Dallison, Barnett; Hutchinson, Collar (Monakana 60'), Molumby; Akindayini (Maguire-Drew 77'), Harper, Tilley

Unused substitutes: Deen, Doherty, Harris

Fulham U21s

Line-up: Rodàk; Voser, Grimmer, Burgess, Kavanagh; Mattila, Smile; de la Torre, Christensen (Kait 79'), Williams; Woodrow

Unused substitutes: Norman, Sheckleford, Pino Soler, Elworthy

Brighton and Hove Albion U21s (4-3-3)
  • 1Bailey Vose
  • 2Rob Hunt
  • 5Ben Barclay
  • 6Tom Dallison
  • 3Dylan Barnett
  • 7Dessie Hutchinson
  • 4Will Collar
  • 8Jay Molumby
  • 10Daniel Akindayini
  • 9Jack Harper
  • 11James Tilley
  • 12Robin Deen
  • 13Harry Doherty
  • 14Charlie Harris
  • 15Jeffrey Monakana
  • 16Jordan Maguire-Drew
Fulham U21s (4-2-3-1)
  • 1Marek Rodàk
  • 2Kay Voser
  • 5Jack Grimmer
  • 6Cameron Burgess
  • 3Sean Kavanagh
  • 8Sakari Mattila
  • 4Josh Smile
  • 7Luca de la Torre
  • 10Lasse Vigen Christensen
  • 11George Williams
  • 9Cauley Woodrow
  • 12Magnus Norman
  • 14Ryheem Sheckleford
  • 15Mattias Kait
  • 16Ian Pino Soler
  • 17Shane Elworthy