Monday 15 April 2019, 7:00pm at Eppleton Colliery Welfare
Sunderland
Sunderland
1
Connelly 90'
Fulham FC
Fulham
1
Opoku 32'

90' Goal

Lee Connelly

54' Yellow Card

Brandon Taylor Card was given for a foul

80' Yellow Card

Jake Hackett Card was given for a foul

63' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Williams Kokolo
Off:Kane Evans

63' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Owen Gamble
Off:Jack Connolly

32' Goal

Jerome Opoku
Assist by Tyrese Francois

45' Red Card

Magnus Norman Card was given for a handball

83' Yellow Card

Jayden Harris Card was given for a foul

84' Yellow Card

Tayo Edun Card was given for a foul

90' Yellow Card

Nicolas Santos-Clase Card was given for a foul

90'+2 Yellow Card

Jerome Opoku Card was given for a foul

45' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:George Wickens
Off:Mattias Käit

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Fulham Under-23s were denied by a late goal in the North East after Magnus Norman was sent off on the stroke of half time on Monday night.

Late Goal Halts Young Whites

Monday 15 April 2019 21:01

Fulham Under-23s were denied by a late goal in the North East after Magnus Norman was sent off on the stroke of half time.

Jerome Opoku’s header set the lads on the way to three points but Lee Connelly’s strike put a hold on celebrations. 

What can only be described as a Sunday league pitch was causing issues in the rhythm of the game. Nicolas Santos-Clase fed Jayden Harris to skid a shot wide in the first opening.

What the pitch lacked, the hosts were making up for in spirit as Connelly latched onto a through pass and attempted an audacious chip on Magnus Norman which sailed over the bar.

Mattias Käit was acting as a number nine again and he rose highest to connect with Tayo Edun’s cross, but it skewed wide off his head.

Connelly was persisting with picking up pockets of space and he tested Norman from distance with a free kick then a 25-yard effort.

We did find the lead through the aerial route. Tyrese Francois's corner found Opoku who powered into the corner. The tide changed as Norman was penalised for handling outside of the area and was given his marching orders.

The Black Cats saw this as an opportunity to get back in as Ben Mbunga-Kimpioka poked an effort wide.

The lads regrouped at half time and with the familiar figure of George Wickens between the sticks looked solid. Harris sprung forward but could only fire a shot straight at Max Stryjek.

Santos-Clase forced the stopper into another low save at his far post as the Young Whites still looked the likelier.

Connor McAvoy looked comfortable in his first Under-23s start of the season as he marshalled the defence in Moritz Jenz’s absence admirably.

Although Fulham had the man disadvantage, they still pushed for a second. Harris rose from a cross but couldn’t connect and Marlon Fossey put the burners on to stand up a cross which evaded everyone.

Opoku was in the mood as a long, gangly leg reached out to perform an overhead kick which trickled wide. The screw was being turned by the lads as Francois embarked infield and unleashed a shot over the bar.

The hosts found a leveller in the final few minutes as Connelly, who was the bright spark, fired through the legs of Wickens to level the game.

The points were shared up North as Fulham prepare for the last game of the season against Norwich.

Match Information

Competition: PL2, Division 2

Date: Monday 15 April 2019
Kick-off: 7:00pm

Venue: Eppleton Colliery Welfare

Sunderland

Line-up: Stryjek; Evans (Kokolo 63'), Taylor, Bainbridge, Hunter; Connolly (Gamble 63'), Neil; Mumba, Hackett, Connelly; Mbunga-Kimpioka

Unused substitutes: Young, Johnstone, Storey

Fulham

Line-up: Norman; Fossey, McAvoy, Opoku, Sessegnon; Edun; De La Torre, Harris, Francois, Santos-Clase; Käit (Wickens 45')

Unused substitutes: Asare, Abraham, Hilton, Garrido

Sunderland (4-2-3-1)
  • 1Max Stryjek
  • 2Kane Evans
  • 5Brandon Taylor
  • 6Jack Bainbridge
  • 3Jordan Hunter
  • 8Jack Connolly
  • 4Dan Neil
  • 7Bali Mumba
  • 10Jake Hackett
  • 11Lee Connelly
  • 9Ben Mbunga-Kimpioka
Substitutes
  • 12Jacob Young
  • 13Max Johnstone
  • 14Owen Gamble
  • 15Alex Storey
  • 16Williams Kokolo
Fulham (4-1-4-1)
  • 1Magnus Norman
  • 2Marlon Fossey
  • 5Connor McAvoy
  • 6Jerome Opoku
  • 3Steven Sessegnon
  • 4Tayo Edun
  • 7Luca De La Torre
  • 8Jayden Harris
  • 10Tyrese Francois
  • 11Nicolas Santos-Clase
  • 9Mattias Käit
Substitutes
  • 12George Wickens
  • 14Zico Asare
  • 15Timmy Abraham
  • 16Sonny Hilton
  • 17Jose Garrido