Friday 4 January 2019, 1:00pm at Motspur Park, Surrey
Fulham FC
Fulham
2
Humphrys 66'; Opoku 85'
Middlesbrough
2
Sylla 8'; Liddle (pen) 61'

66' Goal

Stephen Humphrys

85' Goal

Jerome Opoku

61' Yellow Card

Taye Ashby-Hammond Card was given for a foul

67' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Fabio Carvalho
Off:Mattias Käit

67' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Nicolas Santos-Clase
Off:Chris Kelly

8' Goal

Amadou Sylla
Assist by Connor Malley

61' Penalty

Ben Liddle

80' Yellow Card

Enes Mahmutovic Card was given for a foul

62' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Tyrone O'Neill
Off:Amadou Sylla

67' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Billal Brahimi
Off:Hayden Coulson

90' Substitution

Player was substituted due to an injury
On:Kaine Spence
Off:Billal Brahimi

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Fulham’s gritty comeback from two goals down was enough to secure a point at Motspur Park courtesy of Stephen Humphrys and Jerome Opoku strikes.

Fulham Comeback Secures Point

Friday 4 January 2019 15:21

Fulham’s gritty comeback from two goals down was enough to secure a point at Motspur Park courtesy of Stephen Humphrys and Jerome Opoku strikes.

Boro found themselves ahead early on through Amadou Sylla and Ben Liddle’s penalty after an hour looked to have won the game for the visitors.

Fulham made a strong start straight from the get go. Stephen Humphrys made his presence felt on his return with a powerful run to feed Cameron Thompson. The cross was sliced behind for a corner.

Middlesbrough sprung on the counter and delivered the first blow from a sharp break. Connor Malley’s cross was diverted in by Sylla against the run of play.

Hayden Hackney was allowed too much time to weave inside and interchange with Dan Ward. The effort eventually smothered by Taye Ashby-Hammond much to the disapproval of the stopper.

Boro looked well organised at the back and limited Fulham to very few opportunities. Nathan Dale marshalled his defence well to deal with the physicality of Humphrys.

The best move of the game from the Young Whites came mid-way through the first half. Jayden Harris and Chris Kelly combined superbly for the latter to deliver a cross towards Humphrys. The big forward couldn’t get the purchase on the header he would’ve liked.

Another menacing cross, this time down the left from Jaydn Mundle-Smith. Dale did superbly to stretch a leg and put it behind for a corner.

Cody Drameh was a thorn in the side of his man down the right. A delicious cross had Enes Mahmutovic unsure on whether to stick or twist – with Humphrys lurking, Boro cleared.

Boro tried to bring the game to the hosts after the break. Ward took some strides forward to rifle a shot comfortably over the bar.

Fulham enjoyed their best spell of the game ten minutes into the second half. Humphrys’ cross evaded Thompson by inches before Jerome Opoku drove forward and force Brad James into a save.

A spell of hesitance from a back pass allowed Hackney to nip in front of Ashby-Hammond to win a penalty. The keeper booked for his troubles. Ben Liddle’s penalty confidently dispatched.

A quick response was needed and Humphrys took that responsibility. He picked up the ball and fired hard into the corner from distance to half the deficit. Boro began to cling on to what they had and Fulham continued to persist in finding the equaliser. A string of corners well dealt with by Dale and co.

Thompson received the ball after a nice passage from the subs Nicolas Santos-Clase and Fabio Carvalho but could only sky his effort.

The leveller did come five minutes from time. Opoku found the ball at his feet from a loose ball in the box and slammed home from ten yards. Humphrys was determined to win the game for his side and moments after the kick-off he picked up the ball in a similar position to his goal and fired inches wide of the post.

A bizarre back pass nearly gifted the Young Whites the lead late on but the inspired come back secured a point in our first youth game of 2019.

Match Information

Competition: PL2, Division 2

Date: Friday 4 January 2019
Kick-off: 1:00pm

Venue: Motspur Park, Surrey

Fulham

Line-up: Ashby-Hammond; Drameh, Davies, Opoku, Mundle-Smith; Francois, Käit (Carvalho 67'); Kelly (Santos-Clase 67'), Thompson, Harris; Humphrys

Unused substitutes: Stahl, Jenz

Middlesbrough

Line-up: James; Dodds, Mahmutovic, Dale, Reading; Ward, Liddle; Malley, Hackney, Coulson (Brahimi 67' (Spence 90')); Sylla (O'Neill 62')

Unused substitutes: Wearne, Brynn

Fulham (4-2-3-1)
  • 1Taye Ashby-Hammond
  • 2Cody Drameh
  • 5Aron Davies
  • 6Jerome Opoku
  • 3Jaydn Mundle-Smith
  • 10Tyrese Francois
  • 4Mattias Käit
  • 7Chris Kelly
  • 8Cameron Thompson
  • 11Jayden Harris
  • 9Stephen Humphrys
Substitutes
  • 12Toni Stahl
  • 14Fabio Carvalho
  • 15Moritz Jenz
  • 16Nicolas Santos-Clase
Middlesbrough (4-2-3-1)
  • 1Bradley James
  • 2Dan Dodds
  • 5Enes Mahmutovic
  • 6Nathan Dale
  • 3Paddy Reading
  • 8Dan Ward
  • 4Ben Liddle
  • 7Connor Malley
  • 10Hayden Hackney
  • 11Hayden Coulson
  • 9Amadou Sylla
Substitutes
  • 12Stephen Wearne
  • 14Kaine Spence
  • 15Billal Brahimi
  • 16Tyrone O'Neill
  • 21Sol Brynn