Friday 7 August 2015, 3:00pm at Motspur Park, Surrey
Fulham FC
Fulham U21s
Humphrys 86'
Brighton and Hove Albion U21s

86' Goal

Stephen Humphrys

25' Substitution

Player was substituted due to an injury
On:Mattias Kait
Off:Adetayo Edun

67' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Connor Tighe
Off:Andrew Crofts

75' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Luke Chike Kandi
Off:James Tilley

Stephen Humphrys scored late on as Fulham opened the new season with victory at Motspur.

Fulham Under-21s opened their Barclays Premier League Division Two campaign with a well-earned victory in a behind-closed-doors encounter against Brighton & Hove Albion at Motspur Park on Friday afternoon.

Stephen Humphrys was the match winner four minutes from time to give his side an opening day victory.

Brighton started the brighter and could have taken the lead inside six minutes but Jesse Starkey couldn’t get on the end of Joseph Ward’s dangerous cross from the right-hand side. Minutes later Andrew Crofts tried his luck from distance but his effort sailed comfortably over Marek Rodàk’s crossbar.

Albion continued to dominate and Daniel Akindayini should have given them the lead but his powerful effort was well blocked by Rodàk.

Fulham struggled to threaten in the opening stages and had to wait until the 17th minute for their first meaningful attack when Luca de la Torre scuffed a shot over.

The visitors were nearly gifted the opening goal on 36 minutes when Cameron Burgess misjudged the bounce of the ball to let James Tilley in but he couldn’t direct his shot on target as his scooped effort landed just wide.

Akindayini came close again for Brighton but his strong left-footed strike was comfortably saved by Rodàk at his near post.

The home side saw their best chance of the first half fall to Aaron Redford but he couldn’t direct his shot on target from a tight angle after he had skipped round the challenge of Seagulls keeper Harry Doherty.

The first chance of the second half fell to Fulham but Humphrys’ optimistic effort from 30 yards was high and wide over Doherty’s goal.

Humphrys then had his second chance in as many minutes but wasted a golden opportunity, blazing over after great work down the right-hand side from Ryheem Sheckleford.

The Fulham frontman had his third chance of the second half on 71 minutes but again he couldn’t keep his strike down and failed to test Doherty.

Brighton had to wait until the 76th minute for their first effort of the second period but Ward’s curling strike floated just over.

Peter Grant’s men looked the more likely of the two to find a winner and finally found a way through on 86 minutes. A great turn and finish from Humphrys after good work by de la Torre left Doherty with no chance as his scuffed shot found the bottom corner.

Minutes later Aaron Redford had an opportunity to seal the points but Doherty saved well with his legs.

Despite late Brighton pressure Fulham held on to give the Whites the perfect start to the season.

Match Information

Competition: Barclays U21 Premier League Division 2

Date: Friday 7 August 2015
Kick-off: 3:00pm

Venue: Motspur Park, Surrey

Referee: G Parsons

Fulham U21s

Line-up: Rodak; Sheckleford, Pino, Burgess, Evans; Smile; O'Halloran, de la Torre, Edun (Kait 25'); Redford, Humphrys

Unused substitutes: Dawber, Elworthy, Casasola, Nabay

Manager: Peter Grant

Brighton and Hove Albion U21s

Line-up: Doherty; Hunt, Cadman, Barclay, Chicksen; Ward, Harris, Crofts (Tighe 67'), Starkey; Tilley (Chike Kandi 75'), Akindayini

Unused substitutes: Vose, Meyers, Davies

Fulham U21s (4-1-3-2)
  • 1Marek Rodak
  • 2Ryeem Sheckleford
  • 5Pino
  • 6Cameron Burgess
  • 3Jordan Evans
  • 4Joshua Smile
  • 7Dean O'Halloran
  • 10Luca de la Torre
  • 8Adetayo Edun
  • 11Aaron Redford
  • 9Stephen Humphrys
  • 12Andrew Dawber
  • 14Shane Elworthy
  • 15Tiago Casasola
  • 16Mattias Kait
  • 17Foday Nabay
  • Peter Grant
Brighton and Hove Albion U21s (4-4-2)
  • 1Harry Doherty
  • 2Robert Hunt
  • 5Thomas Cadman
  • 6Benjamin Barclay
  • 3Adam Chicksen
  • 7Joseph Ward
  • 4Charlie Harris
  • 8Andrew Crofts
  • 11Jesse Starkey
  • 10James Tilley
  • 9Daniel Akindayini
  • 12Luke Chike Kandi
  • 13Bailey Vose
  • 14Connor Tighe
  • 15Remi Meyers
  • 16Archie Davies