Saturday 15 December 2018, 11:30am at West Bromwich Albion Training Ground, Birmingham
West Bromich Albion
West Bromwich Albion U18s
Abomungka 26'; Thorndike 50'
Fulham FC
Fulham U18s
Jasper 37'

26' Goal

Stanley Abomungka
Assist by Fin Thorndike

50' Goal

Fin Thorndike
Assist by Yussuf Ojebode

29' Missed Penalty

Louie Barry

59' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Alex Gilbert
Off:Fin Thorndike

63' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Lewis Smith
Off:Zak Brown

86' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Harry Williams
Off:Zak Delaney

37' Goal

Sylvester Jasper
Assist by Tristan Cover

62' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Jonathon Page
Off:Ben Davis

67' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Connor McAvoy
Off:Cody Drameh

70' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Timmy Abraham
Off:Elias Frei

West Brom's smash and grab performance saw them secure a 2-1 win in Fulham's final PL Cup match of the season at the PALM Training Ground.

West Brom Push Fulham Bottom

Saturday 15 December 2018 13:25

Fulham Under-18s’ final PL Cup game ended in defeat at the PALM Training Ground on Saturday.

Stanley Abomungka’s curler gave the hosts the lead before Sylvester Jasper levelled the dead rubber tie. Thorndike’s side-footed finish was enough to condemn the Young Whites to finishing bottom of the Group.

Cody Drameh’s outrageous piece of skill set the tone for a steady opening few minutes, the roulette nutmeg settled the rest of his side on the ball.

A flurry of direct route long balls followed from the hosts. Stanley Abomungka’s pace won a few corners for The Baggies and he nearly headed a ball down into his strike partner’s path, but Scott Armsworth was well placed to clear.

The bitterly cold conditions in an open training ground allowed for crisp passing, and that’s when the Young Whites produced the best move of the game. Elias Frei slipped a pass into Tristan Cover and his cross was hacked behind out of reach of Ablade.

Sylvester Jasper then worked his way inside and tested Ted Cann in the West Brom net for the first time. Naz Bakrin looked accomplished at centre half, having stepped up an age group, putting in a firm challenge to quickly release Showkat Tahir.

Abomungka’s lovely bending strike nestled into the top corner to give West Brom a lead against the run of play. It got worse moments later when Drameh brought down his man on the by-line. However, Stahl at full stretch kept it out superbly.

The leveller came into the closing stages of the first half. Jasper’s quick feet opening up a shooting angle for him to drive into the far corner.

Cover went from provider to saviour as he was placed well to clear another headed chance from a corner off the line. That proved to be the last action of the half as the scores ended level at the break.

The Baggies found another sucker punch to re-take the lead as Yussuf Ojebode’s cross was met first time by Fin Thorndike in the first purposeful move of the second period. West Brom were insistent on playing on the break and were reaping the rewards. Bakrin was alert to make two excellent challenges within a couple of minutes.

Frei used Drameh as a decoy on the outside to bend one inches away from the far corner. Stahl put his long frame to good use as he sprung to keep out a downward header. A couple of positive subs pushed the hosts further into their own half as Timmy Abraham came on to partner Ablade up front.

Stahl was called into action again to save with his legs from a Lewis Smith strike after neat interplay. West Brom kept pressing on the counter attack as the influential Tory King shaved the top of the bar.

Fulham struggled to create any other seriously troubling efforts on Cann’s goal and it ended in a third defeat from as many games in the PL Cup.

Match Information

Competition: Premier League Cup

Date: Saturday 15 December 2018
Kick-off: 11:30am

Venue: West Bromwich Albion Training Ground, Birmingham

West Bromwich Albion U18s

Line-up: Cann; Hickman, Taylor, Hill, Delaney (Williams 86'); Ojebode, Brown (Smith 63'), King; Thorndike (Gilbert 59'), Abomungka, Barry

Unused substitutes: Griffiths, Wakeling

Fulham U18s

Line-up: Stahl; Drameh (McAvoy 67'), Bakrin, Armsworth, Cover; Davis (Page 62'), De Havilland; Frei (Abraham 70'), Tahir, Jasper; Ablade

Unused substitutes: Wickens, Asare

West Bromwich Albion U18s (4-3-3)
  • 1Ted Cann
  • 2Taylor Hickman
  • 5Peter Taylor
  • 6Carrick Hill
  • 3Zak Delaney
  • 7Yussuf Ojebode
  • 4Zak Brown
  • 8Tory King
  • 10Fin Thorndike
  • 9Stanley Abomungka
  • 11Louie Barry
  • 12Lewis Smith
  • 13Josh Griffiths
  • 14Alex Gilbert
  • 15Jacob Wakeling
  • 16Harry Williams
Fulham U18s (4-2-3-1)
  • 1Toni Stahl
  • 2Cody Drameh
  • 5Naz Bakrin
  • 6Scott Armsworth
  • 3Tristan Cover
  • 8Ben Davis
  • 4Ryan De Havilland
  • 7Elias Frei
  • 10Showkat Tahir
  • 11Sylvester Jasper
  • 9Terry Ablade
  • 12George Wickens
  • 14Connor McAvoy
  • 15Jonathon Page
  • 16Timmy Abraham
  • 17Zico Asare