Thursday 19 November 2015, 1:00pm at Motspur Park, Surrey
Fulham FC
Fulham U21s
Kait 33'; Evans 65'
Aston Villa
Aston Villa U21s
Hepburn-Murphy 30'; McKirdy 45'+1

33' Goal

Mattias Kait

65' Goal

Jordan Evans

79' Yellow Card

Josh Smile Card was given for a foul

16' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Marlon Fossey
Off:George Williams

60' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Joshua Walker
Off:Cauley Woodrow

86' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Jon Dagur Thorsteinsson
Off:Marlon Fossey

30' Goal

Rushian Hepburn-Murphy
Assist by Harry McKirdy

45'+1 Goal

Harry McKirdy
Assist by Rushian Hepburn-Murphy

70' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Callum O'Hare
Off:Corey Taylor

77' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Jake Hayes
Off:Harry McKirdy

83' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Rory Hale
Off:Henry Cowans

Mattias Kait and Jordan Evans were on target as Fulham U21s twice came from behind to draw 2-2 with Aston Villa at Motspur Park.

Fulham Under-21s twice came from behind on Thursday to draw 2-2 with Aston Villa at Motspur Park.

Mattias Kait had cancelled out Rushian Hepburn-Murphy’s opener, only for the visitors to go into the break in front courtesy of Harry McKirdy’s stoppage-time strike.

But Jordan Evans fired home a fine free-kick – his second in three games – to earn his side a point on a drizzly afternoon in Surrey.

George Williams was handed a seventh U21 start since his return from injury and Fulham’s first opening fell his way when Kait’s fantastic diagonal cross-field pass sent him in on goal. The Wales international couldn’t quite get the ball under control, though, and goalkeeper Matija Sarkic was able to claim.

That proved to be Williams’ only telling involvement in proceedings as he made way for Marlon Fossey with little more than a quarter of an hour played. Hopefully a precautionary withdrawal rather than anything more serious.

It was a first appearance at this level for 17-year-old Fossey but he started confidently and within five minutes of coming on he broke down the right wing before cutting back to Stephen Humphrys who tried a first-time shot which was easily blocked.

On 28 minutes Cauley Woodrow showed some neat footwork just inside the box to make space for a shot but a defender in claret and blue got a toe on it and it deflected behind.

Magnus Norman was then forced to save from McKirdy, but the Villa man set strike partner Hepburn-Murphy up a minute later for the opener as the big forward latched onto his slide-rule pass and finished low inside the near post.

The lead lasted just three minutes as Kait waltzed into the area and fired in a low shot that was parried by Sarkic. Fortune favoured the Fulham man as the loose ball fell his way and he kept his composure to smack it into the corner.

That sparked Fulham into life and Woodrow went close twice in quick succession, but a sucker-punch in added time saw Villa restore their lead when Hepburn-Murphy found space in the box and squared to McKirdy who was left with a simple finish.

Around the hour mark the two sides took it in turns to counter from each other’s corners. First the Whites broke at pace to set up Kait whose shot was blocked, while at the other end Corey Taylor crossed for McKirdy who volleyed straight at Norman.

Fulham drew level with 65 minutes played when substitute Josh Walker drew a foul on the edge of the box and captain Evans stepped up to expertly plant the free-kick around the wall and beyond Sarkic.

Both teams believed the winner was in their sights and each had chances to grab it. A great last-ditch tackle denied Fossey a clear sight of goal on 72, before Jordan Lyden leant back when executing a shot from 20 yards to send his effort well over.

Right-back Josh Webb headed over and Jerell Sellars also missed the target with a left-footer as Villa finished the game strongly, but a point apiece was probably a fair outcome.

Match Information

Competition: Barclays U21 Premier League Division 2

Date: Thursday 19 November 2015
Kick-off: 1:00pm

Venue: Motspur Park, Surrey

Fulham U21s

Line-up: Norman; Sheckleford, Pino Soler, Opoku, Evans; Kait, Smile; de la Torre, Humphrys, Williams (Fossey 16' (Thorsteinsson 86')); Woodrow (Walker 60')

Unused substitutes: Dawber

Aston Villa U21s

Line-up: Sarkic; Webb, Mason, Suliman, Kinsella; Taylor (O'Hare 70'), Lyden, Cowans (Hale 83'), Sellars; McKirdy (Hayes 77'), Hepburn-Murphy

Unused substitutes: Leggett, Bannister

Fulham U21s (4-2-3-1)
  • 1Magnus Norman
  • 2Ryheem Sheckleford
  • 5Ian Pino Soler
  • 6Jerome Opoku
  • 3Jordan Evans
  • 8Mattias Kait
  • 4Josh Smile
  • 7Luca de la Torre
  • 10Stephen Humphrys
  • 11George Williams
  • 9Cauley Woodrow
  • 12Andrew Dawber
  • 14Marlon Fossey
  • 15Jon Dagur Thorsteinsson
  • 16Joshua Walker
Aston Villa U21s (4-4-2)
  • 1Matija Sarkic
  • 2Josh Webb
  • 5Niall Mason
  • 6Easah Suliman
  • 3Lewis Kinsella
  • 7Corey Taylor
  • 4Jordan Lyden
  • 8Henry Cowans
  • 11Jerell Sellars
  • 10Harry McKirdy
  • 9Rushian Hepburn-Murphy
  • 12Tom Leggett
  • 13Charlie Bannister
  • 14Callum O'Hare
  • 15Rory Hale
  • 16Jake Hayes