Friday 29 November 2019, 7:00pm at Motspur Park, Surrey
Fulham FC
Hilton 57'; Abraham 67'
Plymouth Argyle

57' Goal

Sonny Hilton
Assist by Ben Davis

67' Goal

Timmy Abraham

70' Yellow Card

Timmy Abraham Card was given for a foul

63' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Terry Ablade
Off:Steven Sessegnon

90'+3 Yellow Card

Kaladi Lolos Card was given for a foul

The Under-23s got their PL Cup campaign firmly back on track with a comfortable two-goal victory over a resolute Plymouth side on Friday night.

U23s Secure Comfortable Win Over Plymouth

Friday 29 November 2019 20:37

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The Under-23s got their PL Cup campaign firmly back on track with a comfortable two-goal victory over a resolute Plymouth side on Friday night. 

Two strikes in ten second half minutes from Sonny Hilton and Timmy Abraham put the Young Whites in the driver’s seat to move to top spot in Group B.

The frosty surface disrupted the rhythm early on as slips on the turf broke down numerous moves. Nicolas Santos-Clase whipped in a ball that Abraham met with a downward header that spun wide.

The visitors enjoyed a productive spell mid-way through the first half without threatening Taye Ashby-Hammond as the boys rode the storm and started a spell of their own. Trialist John Gilbert squared for Abraham who lashed over from ten-yards.

The first productive passing move carved Argyle apart as Hilton darted through from deep. The midfielder tried to round Mike Cooper, but the stopper stood tall to smother. Hilton grew closer to breaking the deadlock as he found a yard from the edge of the area and hammered narrowly over.

A first half that lacked organic chances wore on and Ben Davis’ quick feet allowed him a sight on goal which was down the throat of Cooper.

Davis arrived late after a neat move and should’ve opened the scoring but for a last-ditch attempt from Mike Peck that saved a certain goal. Steven Sessegnon ventured further forward as the visitors sat deeper and he forced Cooper to tip round the post from range.

The Plymouth goal was leading a charmed life as Sessegnon pulled back for Hilton whose effort was blocked on the line. The pressure told, and as excellent as Cooper had been, he was rueing his error as he could only beat Hilton’s 25-yard drive upwards and into the net.

The lead was doubled ten-minutes later. A goalmouth melee from a corner found its way to Abraham who powered home among a sea of bodies.

Terry Ablade was introduced with his blistering pace which caused a tiring Plymouth problems. He breezed past his man and fired a shot across goal that was inches away from making it three. The formality was confirmed at full time with a reassuring three points.

What That Means:

The win moves the Under-23s to the top of the group with two wins from three games. Everton are yet to face Watford in the other game in the group. 

Notable Talking Points:

  • Steven Sessegnon made his comeback from injury by completing 63 minutes in tonight’s PL Cup clash.
  • The starting XI featured two trialists.
  • The lads move top of Group B ahead of Watford who have a game in hand.

Match Information

Competition: Premier League Cup

Date: Friday 29 November 2019
Kick-off: 7:00pm

Venue: Motspur Park, Surrey


Line-up: Ashby-Hammond; Sessegnon (Ablade 63'), Asare, Mundle-Smith, Ojo; Edun; Davis, Gilbert, Hilton, Santos-Clase; Abraham

Unused substitutes: Ashby-Hammond, Tricker, Williams

Plymouth Argyle

Line-up: Cooper; Cleal, Moore, Peck; Burdon, Rendell, Jephcott, Miller, Purrington; Lolos, Fletcher

Unused substitutes: Tomlinson, Collum, Wilson, Medine, Coombes

Fulham (4-1-4-1)
  • 1Taye Ashby-Hammond
  • 2Steven Sessegnon
  • 5Zico Asare
  • 6Jaydn Mundle-Smith
  • 3Daniel Ojo
  • 4Tayo Edun
  • 7Ben Davis
  • 8John Gilbert
  • 10Sonny Hilton
  • 11Nicolas Santos-Clase
  • 9Timmy Abraham
  • 12Luca Ashby-Hammond
  • 14Ben Tricker
  • 15Jay Williams
  • 16Terry Ablade
Plymouth Argyle (3-5-2)
  • 31Mike Cooper
  • 3Jarvis Cleal
  • 22Tafari Moore
  • 26Mike Peck
  • 2Isaac Burdon
  • 20Adam Rendell
  • 28Luke Jephcott
  • 7Charlie Miller
  • 30Tom Purrington
  • 19Kaladi Lolos
  • 29Alex Fletcher
  • 4Ollie Tomlinson
  • 8Reuben Collum
  • 9Rubin Wilson
  • 10Jerry Medine
  • 13Tyler Coombes