Friday 30 October 2015, 7:00pm at Motspur Park, Surrey
Fulham FC
Fulham U21s
Smile 90'+2
Swansea City U21s

90'+2 Goal

Joshua Smile

45' Yellow Card

Ian Pino Soler Card was given for a foul

59' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Aaron Redford
Off:George Williams

67' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Josh Walker
Off:Dean O'Halloran

69' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Liam Donnelly
Off:Ian Pino Soler

49' Yellow Card

Alex Gogic Card was given for a foul

64' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Daniel Alfei
Off:Owain Jones

86' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Kyle Copp
Off:Liam Shephard

Joshua Smile scored a last-gasp winner in stoppage time to give Fulham Under-21s a 1-0 victory over Swansea City.
Joshua Smile scored a last-gasp winner two minutes into stoppage time to give Fulham Under-21s a 1-0 victory over Swansea City.

The result sees the Whites leapfrog the Welsh outfit in the Barclays U21 Premier League Division 2 and become the first side this season to stop the Swans scoring.

Contrary to the resolute 2-0 victory at West Ham on Monday, this game was open and free-flowing from the start.

Fulham went close in the fifth minute after Sean Kavanagh dispossessed Swansea in midfield. He fizzed a ball into Mattias Kait who touched it off to Smile advancing from deep, but the midfielder pulled his first-time effort just wide.

Five minutes later, the visitors almost caught the Whites on the break. Henry James raced down the right before picking out Adnan Maric in the box. Under pressure from the Fulham defence though, the Swede could only head over.

Kavanagh played another dangerous ball that almost saw Kait open the scoring a few moments later in a fast-paced opening. After play broke down from a deep corner, the Irishman regained possession and sent a looping ball to Kait at the back post. His header, though, was saved by Josh Vickers in the Swans’ goal.

Mid-way through the half, Fulham went close twice in the same attack. Ryheem Sheckleford attacked with pace down the right and rolled a low ball hard across goal. It fell narrowly out of reach for Dean O’Halloran but Kavanagh was there to meet the clearance 20-yards out. A swing of that vicious left boot looked to be troubling the Swansea goalkeeper but a defender’s block kept the Whites at bay.

The right-back looked dangerous again in the 35th minute as he rode two challenges in a blistering burst forward to win Fulham their third corner of the game. The fireworks that burst into life in the background were perhaps a little premature though, as the set-piece came to nothing.

Swansea had a string of corners themselves as half-time approached, as Owain Jones’ mazy runs caused problems. Their captain Liam Shephard, young player of the season last year on loan at Yeovil Town, sent a stinging 35-yard shot goal-bound after the ball was cleared. Goalkeeper Marek Rodak did well to collect cleanly after a tricky deflection and the teams went into the break goalless.

Seven minutes into the second half, the visitors almost had the lead. Persistence on the right allowed Jones to work an opening a find Ollie McBurnie in the middle just 12 yards out. He turned it round the corner and Rodak sprawled superbly to deny Henry James what looked like a certain goal.

The Slovakian was called upon once more five minutes later as the Swans launched a quick counter attack. Daniel James looked to bend one in the far corner from 20 yards but Rodak was equal to it and made the save diving to his left.

Raheem Hanley rattled the post for the Welsh side in the 66th minute with a ferocious 35-yard effort. Left with space advancing forward, the number three unexpectedly unleashed his long range effort that looked in all the way but crashed back off the upright.

It was a slower start to the second half for Peter Grant’s men and the Manager completely changed the front-line with two substitutions in ten minutes either side of the hour mark. Aaron Redford and Josh Walker looked to bring fresh energy as they came on for Williams and O’Halloran, who both played considerable parts just five days ago.

Chances were harder to come by but Fulham’s defensive solidarity was on display twice in as many minutes late on. McBurnie found space on the edge of the box but was denied by an excellent last ditch block by substitute Liam Donnelly, before a cross from the left found its way to the back post. Only Jordan Evans’ intervention to turn the ball behind stopped Swansea taking the lead.

That dogged determination was rewarded when the hosts grabbed a late winner. With two minutes added on, Fulham piled men forward for a wide free kick into the box. The Swansea defence cleared but only as far as Smile who was waiting just outside the box. His well-timed strike flew past Vickers to give Fulham their second win in just five days.

Match Information

Competition: Barclays U21 Premier League Division 2

Date: Friday 30 October 2015
Kick-off: 7:00pm

Venue: Motspur Park, Surrey

Fulham U21s

Line-up: Rodàk; Sheckleford, Pino Soler (Donnelly 69'), Elworthy, Evans; Kait, Smile, Hyndman, Kavanagh; O'Halloran (Walker 67'), Williams (Redford 59')

Unused substitutes: Dawber

Swansea City U21s

Line-up: Vickers; Shephard (Copp 86'), Davies, Gogic, Hanley; Jones (Alfei 64'), Holland, Maric, James; James; McBurnie

Unused substitutes: Zabret, Biabi, Rodon

Fulham U21s (4-4-2)
  • 1Marek Rodàk
  • 2Ryheem Sheckleford
  • 5Ian Pino Soler
  • 6Shane Elworthy
  • 3Jordan Evans
  • 10Mattias Kait
  • 4Joshua Smile
  • 8Emerson Hyndman
  • 9Sean Kavanagh
  • 7Dean O'Halloran
  • 11George Williams
  • 12Andrew Dawber
  • 14Josh Walker
  • 15Liam Donnelly
  • 16Aaron Redford
Swansea City U21s (4-4-1-1)
  • 1Josh Vickers
  • 2Liam Shephard
  • 5Keston Davies
  • 6Alex Gogic
  • 3Raheem Hanley
  • 11Owain Jones
  • 4Tom Holland
  • 8Adnan Maric
  • 7Daniel James
  • 10Henry James
  • 9Ollie McBurnie
  • 12Daniel Alfei
  • 13Gregor Zabret
  • 14Botti Biabi
  • 15Kyle Copp
  • 16Joseph Rodon