Wednesday 2 March 2016, 7:00pm at Craven Cottage, London
Fulham FC
Fulham U21s
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Humphrys 70'
Stoke City
Stoke City U21s
1
El Ouariachi 82'

70' Goal

Stephen Humphrys

24' Yellow Card

Liam Donnelly Card was given for a foul

69' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Aaron Redford
Off:Lucas De La Torre

76' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Mikolaj Kwietniewski
Off:Stephen Humphrys

82' Goal

Mohamed El Ouariachi

24' Missed Penalty

Dominic Telford

77' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Julien N'Goy
Off:Sergio Molina

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Fulham and Stoke played out an entertaining 1-1 draw at Craven Cottage on Wednesday night.

Fulham played out an entertaining 1-1 draw with Stoke City on a bitterly cold night on the banks of the River Thames on Wednesday night. Peter Grant named a strong side featuring a scattering of First Team players including Zakaria Labyad, Sakari Mattila, Emerson Hyndman and Shaun Hutchinson. The encounter also saw Marcus Bettinelli play his second game since his return from long-term injury.

A clinical 70th minute Stephen Humphrys strike was cancelled out by an equally impressive Mohamed El Ouariachi effort to see the points shared.

The Whites started brightly with Ryheem Sheckleford exploiting some space on the right flank in the second minute. A dangerous whipped cross was unconvincingly cleared by a Stoke defender and eluded the outstretched leg of Josh Smile at the back post.

In the fifth minute Stoke were close to scoring with their first effort on goal as Liam Edwards powered a header goalwards from the centre of the area. His thundering header was brilliantly saved by Betinelli in the Fulham net before being deflected onto the bar and scrambled clear.

Despite some pressure from the Whites, including a Smile effort from outside the box, Stoke remained in the ascendancy and were awarded a penalty in the 24th minute. A lofted throughball over the top of the Fulham backline was controlled by Dom Telford. With Liam Donnelly desperately tracking back he appeared to make a clean tackle and remove the danger. The referee thought otherwise and pointed to the spot, bookingDonnelly shortly after as he argued his case.

Bettinelli stood tall and patiently waited for Telford to pick his spot after some efforts to throw the keeper off failed. Telford slid a weak shot towards goal that was easily smothered and cleared to the delight of the fans in attendance.

In the 33rd minute Humphrys created some space for himself on the edge of the box with some nifty footwork and unleashed a vicious drive that could only be parried clear and shortly after Smile was denied by a fingertip save following an excellent throughball.

With the temperatures continuing to plummet it was Fulham who started brightly after the break. Luca de la Torre went close with a rasping left-footed strike after a mazy run down the right wing, beating three defenders en route. Once again it was Bettinelli who was on hand to keep Stoke at bay in the 55th minute, producing a fine reaction save to parry a strong shot clear from close range.

Fulham grabbed the lead in the 70th minute when Hyndman reacted quickly to apply the pressure following a loose touch from a Stoke player. Humphrys picked up the ball and applied an expert finish across the keeper to give Fulham the lead and get his third in two games, demonstrating strength and composure to keep the defenders at bay and slot home.  

The lead was short-lived, as in the 82nd minute a hopeful cross cleared everyone in the box and found Mohamed El Ouariachi free at the back post. His first time shot flew past a stranded Bettinelli in the Fulham net and the teams were all square once again.

Despite some half-chances at both ends neither side was able to grab a winner late on and the referee brought an entertaining second half to a close.

Match Information

Competition: Barclays U21 Premier League Division 2

Date: Wednesday 2 March 2016
Kick-off: 7:00pm

Venue: Craven Cottage, London
Attendance: 350

Referee: L Venamore

Fulham U21s

Line-up: Bettinelli; Sheckleford, Hutchinson, Donnelly, Elworthy; Mattila, Smile (c); Labyad, Hyndman, De La Torre (Redford 69'); Humphrys (Kwietniewski 76')

Unused substitutes: Norman, Adeniran, Pino Soler

Stoke City U21s

Line-up: Isted; Pringle, Edwards, Watkins, Banks (c); Molina (N'Goy 77'), Lecygne, Waddington, El Ouariachi; Shenton; Telford

Unused substitutes: Dryden, Kurasik, Wells, Jarvis

Fulham U21s (4-2-3-1)
  • 1Marcus Bettinelli
  • 2Ryheem Sheckleford
  • 5Shaun Hutchinson
  • 6Liam Donnelly
  • 3Shane Elworthy
  • 8Sakari Mattila
  • 4Josh Smile (c)
  • 7Zakaria Labyad
  • 10Emerson Hyndman
  • 11Lucas De La Torre
  • 9Stephen Humphrys
Substitutes
  • 12Magnus Norman
  • 14Dennis Adeniran
  • 15Aaron Redford
  • 16Ian Pino Soler
  • 17Mikolaj Kwietniewski
Stoke City U21s (4-4-1-1)
  • 1Harry Isted
  • 2Johnville Pringle
  • 5Liam Edwards
  • 6Mason Watkins
  • 3Lewis Banks (c)
  • 7Sergio Molina
  • 4Eddy Lecygne
  • 8Mark Waddington
  • 11Mohamed El Ouariachi
  • 10Olly Shenton
  • 9Dominic Telford
Substitutes
  • 12Edward Dryden
  • 13Dominic Kurasik
  • 14Toby Wells
  • 15Danny Jarvis
  • 16Julien N'Goy