Friday 5 February 2016, 7:00pm at Motspur Park, Surrey
Fulham FC
Fulham U21s
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Williams 88'
West Bromich Albion
West Bromwich Albion U21s
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Ward 90'+3

88' Goal

George Williams

82' Yellow Card

Josh Smile Card was given for a foul

46' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Liam Donnelly
Off:Richard Stearman

90'+3 Goal

Joe Ward

64' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Will Hoare
Off:Zach Elbouzedi

74' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Hayelemariam Seyoum
Off:Brad Sweeney

79' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Chay Scrivens
Off:Sam Field

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A dramatic finish with two late goals saw the points shared between Fulham and West Brom U21s at Motspur Park on Friday.

A dramatic finish with two late goals saw the points shared between Fulham Under-21s and West Bromwich Albion Under-21s at Motspur Park on Friday evening.

George Williams looked to have won it for the Whites when he hammered the ball home in the 88th minute but Joe Ward rescued a point for the visitors deep into injury time.

Fulham put out a strong team with Richard Stearman, Emerson Hyndman, Ben Pringle and Williams all handed starting berths, and Slaviša Jokanović was keeping a watchful eye in the stands.

The Whites had the first chance in the 10th minute. An excellent interception and frighteningly quick feet from Hyndman allowed him to set Stephen Humphrys free down the right. He charged forward and played a neat reverse pass to find Williams, whose shot was expertly saved by West Brom goalkeeper and captain Jack Rose.

Stearman was a commanding and vocal presence throughout the first-half and almost sent the Whites ahead in the 16th minute. He found space from a corner but could not direct his flicked header goalward and it whistled narrowly wide of the post.

The centre-back was on hand to deal with a dangerous Albion chance four minutes later. A long ball to the back post was headed back across goal by Robbie McCourt and found Ward in space just eight yards out. Ward looked destined to blast the ball home but his shot was cleared by a fantastic last-ditch diving block by Stearman.

There was a scare for Fulham in the 34th minute. Ian Pino Soler was caught in possession inside the box but Jesse Joronen reacted quickly to quell any danger.

Whilst there were chances at both ends, the first-half lacked any real flow. The physio was called upon as many as four times in the opening 45 and that led to a stop-start opening period and reduced the tempo for both sides.

The Whites were almost ahead though on the stroke of half-time. First, 18-year old Humphrys latched onto a ball in the West Brom box. He rounded the goalkeeper but could not wrap his foot round the ball. Moments later, a free-kick on the edge of the box was shifted along to skipper Josh Smile, but his 25-yard effort flew just wide.

The Baggies came close in the 50th minute. Samir Nabi, who’s older brother Adil recently left the West Midlands side for Peterborough United, went through on goal. He fashioned a one-on-one chance with Joronen but the Finn spread himself brilliantly to make a crucial save.

Fulham had a good chance to take the lead shortly after the hour. Smile found Humphrys with an excellent through ball into the right channel and the striker in turn found Pringle. He fed Luca de la Torre but his reverse pass to the back post evaded a white shirt and the ball was cleared.

Ten minutes later the Whites looked dangerous as they caught the visitors napping with some direct and rapid play. Pino Soler charged forward from defence and fed de la Torre. His first time ball set Williams free but the Welshman’s shot narrowly evaded the target as he looked for the bottom corner.

Joronen made another good stop five minutes from time. Quick feet by Tyler Roberts sent Ward through but Fulham’s keeper was quick off his line to stop any shooting chance.

Both sides were without a win in four going into the match and it looked as though that wait may have ended for the hosts when Williams smashed home with just two minutes left. Defence was turned into attack in an instant when Humphrys hassled the West Brom backline and won the ball from a long clearance. Pringle was first onto it and fed Williams, who cut in from the left-hand side of the box and powered one across goal with his right foot which nestled into the opposite corner.

But the late show was not to end there. In the 93rd and final minute Roberts hassled away as he approached the byline and his lob across goal found Ward waiting at the far post. The number 10 had the simplest of headers and notched a last-gasp equaliser.

Fulham travel to West Brom in just 10 days time, where they will be looking to avenge that late drama.

Match Information

Competition: Barclays U21 Premier League Division 2

Date: Friday 5 February 2016
Kick-off: 7:00pm

Venue: Motspur Park, Surrey
Attendance: 89

Fulham U21s

Line-up: Joronen; Sheckleford, Stearman (Donnelly 46'), Pino Soler, Elworthy; Hyndman, Smile; de la Torre, Williams, Pringle; Humphrys

Unused substitutes: Dawber, Kait, Redford

West Bromwich Albion U21s

Line-up: Rose; Ezewele, O'Shea, Barbir, McCourt; Elbouzedi (Hoare 64'), Sweeney (Seyoum 74'), Nabi, Field (Scrivens 79'); Ward, Roberts

Unused substitutes: Palmer, Forss

Fulham U21s (4-2-3-1)
  • 1Jesse Joronen
  • 2Ryheem Sheckleford
  • 5Richard Stearman
  • 6Ian Pino Soler
  • 3Shane Elworthy
  • 8Emerson Hyndman
  • 4Josh Smile
  • 7Luca de la Torre
  • 10George Williams
  • 11Ben Pringle
  • 9Stephen Humphrys
Substitutes
  • 12Andrew Dawber
  • 14Liam Donnelly
  • 15Mattias Kait
  • 16Aaron Redford
West Bromwich Albion U21s (4-4-2)
  • 1Jack Rose
  • 2Josh Ezewele
  • 5Dara O'Shea
  • 6Daniel Barbir
  • 3Robbie McCourt
  • 7Zach Elbouzedi
  • 4Brad Sweeney
  • 8Samir Nabi
  • 11Sam Field
  • 10Joe Ward
  • 9Tyler Roberts
Substitutes
  • 12Chay Scrivens
  • 13Alex Palmer
  • 14Marcus Forss
  • 15Will Hoare
  • 16Hayelemariam Seyoum