Monday 15 February 2016, 7:00pm at The Lamb Ground
West Bromich Albion
West Bromwich Albion U21s
McCourt 47'
Fulham FC
Fulham U21s
Donnelly 90'

47' Goal

Robbie McCourt

90' Red Card

Jack Rose Card was given for dissent

71' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Rahis Nabi
Off:Zack Elbouzedi

78' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Kyle Edwards
Off:Joe Ward

90' Goal

Liam Donnelly

59' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Mikolaj Kwietniewski
Off:Ryan Tunnicliffe

73' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Jon Dagur Thorsteinsson
Off:Dennis Adeniran

Fulham Under-21s grabbed a dramatic last minute equaliser away to West Bromwich Albion on a chilly night at the Lamb Ground.

Fulham Under-21s grabbed a dramatic last minute equaliser away to West Bromwich Albion on a chilly night at the Lamb Ground on Monday to earn a 1-1 draw.

Peter Grant named a young starting XI to face a side the Whites had drawn with just over a week ago at Motspur Park. The fixture saw the welcome return of Ryan Tunnicliffe following an extended spell on the sidelines through injury. Tunnicliffe had been out of action since the end of November having picked up a left hamstring injury away at Milton Keynes Dons.

A 47th minute goal from Robbie McCourt appeared to have given the Baggies the victory until a stoppage time equaliser from Liam Donnelly saw Fulham grab a share of the spoils.

The Whites started positively with Donnelly repelling two direct early forays from Jonathan Leko, and Tunnicliffe a willing outlet for the Whites. It was the combative partnership of Aaron Redford and Stephen Humphrys up top for Fulham that opened up the first half chance in the game. Luca de la Torre found some space at a tight angle but had his shot charged down. Moments later Humphrys had a header at the near post saved by Jack Rose.

With both sides searching for the opener, Ian Pino Soler played a pinpoint drilled through ball straight into the path of Humphrys. Having chested the powerful pass down expertly, the Baggies defence did well to close down the space and stifle a shot from the Fulham attacker.

Pino Soler was involved again two minutes later as he fizzed a right footed shot just wide of the post from over 30 yards out having picked up a loose ball following a corner. As the temperature continued to drop below zero the chances were few and far between as the first half drew to a close in a stalemate, as it had in the previous encounter between the two sides.

The deadlock was broken two minutes into the second half. A positive run and cross from the right flank by Josh Ezewele found McCourt at the back post. His downward header from an acute angle was too strong for a diving Magnus Norman in the Fulham net and the Baggies were in front.

Tunnicliffe was replaced after a lively return from injury at the heart of the Fulham midfield in the 59th minute and replaced by Mikolaj Kwietniewski.

West Brom attempted to close down the encounter by playing a stifling pressing game and were rarely troubled in the early stages of the second half.

However, the Whites were close to pulling level in the 65th minute. A poor clearance was pounced on by Ryheem Sheckleford and played infield to Dennis Adeniran. A composed touch from the young midfielder committed the West Brom defender but his curled shot went inches wide of the post. Following the resulting goal kick Humphrys was played in down the left flank and outpaced the chasing defender to play in a low cross. Redford connected with a first time shot that fizzed just wide of the left hand post.

All hope appeared lost for Fulham but their grit and determination shone through in the closing stages. Sheckleford and Shane Elworthy were constant outlets on either flank and were complemented well by substitutes Kwietniewski and Jon Dagur Thorsteinsson. De la Torre was direct as always and also caused trouble for tired legs late on.

With the clock winding down the Whites threw caution to the wind and flung more bodies forward in an attempt to draw level, and in stoppage time their bravery was rewarded with an equaliser. Smile drilled a low cross across the penalty area and following a goal mouth scramble Donnelly was on hand to prod home from inside the six-yard box.

The equaliser for Fulham ended up being the final action of the match as shortly after the restart the referee blew his whistle to bring the match to a close.

To add insult to injury for the home side, goalkeeper Rose was shown a red card as the teams exited the field of play, presumably for dissent.

Match Information

Competition: Barclays U21 Premier League Division 2

Date: Monday 15 February 2016
Kick-off: 7:00pm

Venue: The Lamb Ground

Referee: Mathew Buonassisi

West Bromwich Albion U21s

Line-up: Rose; Ezewele, Howkins, Barbir, McCourt; Elbouzedi (Nabi 71'), Sweeney, Nabi, Field; Ward (Edwards 78'), Leko

Unused substitutes: Ross, Scrivens, Smith

Fulham U21s

Line-up: Norman; Sheckleford, Donnelly, Pino Soler, Elworthy; Tunnicliffe (Kwietniewski 59'), Smile; de la Torre, Adeniran (Thorsteinsson 73'), Redford; Humphrys

Unused substitutes: Dawber, Walker, Davies

Manager: Peter Grant

West Bromwich Albion U21s (4-4-2)
  • 1Jack Rose
  • 2Josh Ezewele
  • 5Kyle Howkins
  • 6Daniel Barbir
  • 3Robbie McCourt
  • 7Zack Elbouzedi
  • 4Bradley Sweeney
  • 8Samir Nabi
  • 11Sam Field
  • 10Joe Ward
  • 9Jonathan Leko
  • 12Rahis Nabi
  • 13Ethan Ross
  • 14Chay Scrivens
  • 15Kyle Edwards
  • 16James Smith
Fulham U21s (4-2-3-1)
  • 1Magnus Norman
  • 2Ryheem Sheckleford
  • 5Liam Donnelly
  • 6Ian Pino Soler
  • 3Shane Elworthy
  • 10Ryan Tunnicliffe
  • 4Josh Smile
  • 7Luca de la Torre
  • 8Dennis Adeniran
  • 11Aaron Redford
  • 9Stephen Humphrys
  • 12Andrew Dawber
  • 14Josh Walker
  • 15Mikolaj Kwietniewski
  • 16Jon Dagur Thorsteinsson
  • 17Aron Davies
  • Peter Grant