Tuesday 11 December 2018, 7:00pm at King Power Stadium, Leicester
Leicester City U18s
Russ 54'; Thomas (pen) 110'
Fulham FC
Fulham U18s
O'Riley (pen) 64'

54' Goal

Will Russ
Assist by Dennis Gyamfi

110' Penalty

Luke Thomas
Assist by Terrel Pennant

115' Yellow Card

Will Russ Card shown to player for time wasting

80' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Dempsey Arlott-John
Off:Ethan Fitzhugh

90' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Leon James
Off:Sidnei Tavares

107' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Tom Sams
Off:Dennis Gyamfi

120' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Harrison Myring
Off:Will Russ

64' Penalty

Matt O'Riley
Assist by Sonny Hilton

32' Yellow Card

Tristan Cover Card was given for a foul

96' Yellow Card

Cody Drameh Card was given for a foul

112' Yellow Card

Scott Armsworth Card was given for a foul

82' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Terry Ablade
Off:Sylvester Jasper

115' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Showkat Tahir
Off:Scott Armsworth

Fulham's Under-18s exited the FA Youth Cup at the first hurdle at the King Power Stadium on Tuesday after extra time.

Extra Time Penalty Sinks Fulham

Tuesday 11 December 2018 21:37

Fulham's Under-18s exited the FA Youth Cup at the first hurdle at the King Power Stadium on Tuesday after extra time.

Will Russ’s header had the Foxes ahead before Matt O’Riley’s spot kick took the tie into extra time. Luke Thomas scored the game’s second penalty to halt Fulham’s progress.

The teams sized each other cautiously early on with controlled possession around the back from both sides. Luke Thomas’s inviting cross was well gathered by George Wickens as the first real sight of penalty area action.

Fabio Carvalho’s tenacious work robbed Sidnei Tavares in a dangerous area and looked to slide in Timmy Abraham, but he strayed offside.

Tristan Cover’s delightful piece of skill almost presented Sylvester Jasper with an opening, if it weren’t for the outstretched leg of Ed Elewa-Ikpaku.

The Young Whites began to control the game and looked the most likely to score. Carvalho’s flair was causing problems, and it was him who had the best chance of the game. O’Riley’s corner was met at the near post and diverted over the bar on the volley.

Connor McAvoy’s heroic challenge kept the scores level. He was alert to Tyrell Pennant’s through ball to Russ, and timed his challenge impeccably.

O’Riley’s set plays caused havoc as McAvoy got on the end of the latest one. The ball came out to Sonny Hilton to play it back into Cover, and Thomas slid in on the goal line to stop Fulham taking the lead.

Pennant will count himself unlucky that he didn’t give The Foxes the lead. Liam Loughlan’s cross was met first time by the winger whose volley scraped the base of the post and went behind.

The midfield trio continued to look dangerous for the Young Whites. This time Jasper’s clipped pass found Harvey Elliott who attempted to chip Oli Bosworth, it sat on the roof of the net and epitomised the fine margins.

Russ was lurking on the balls into the channel and Scott Armsworth was caught on the inside. The forward rounded Wickens form a tight angle and sent his shot across the goal line and out for a goal kick.

The second half started with a rejuvenated positivity from the home side as Shane Flynn nearly tapped home from a knock-down.

That patience was rewarded when Russ met Dennis Gyamfi’s lovely cross to head past Wickens at his far post.

Fulham tried to hit back immediately as Cover got in behind again. His cut-back was met by first Hilton, then Carvalho and both saw their shots blocked.

The Young Whites were awarded a penalty just after the hour mark. O’Riley’s gorgeous through ball set Cody Drameh away. His pull back was met by Hilton and he was pulled to the floor. The architect O’Riley stepped up to place it in the corner.

Fulham ramped up their assault on the Leicester goal as the game grew stretched. Abraham’s ball roll resulted in him firing a ball across the six-yard box out of the reach of the incoming Harvey Elliott. Pennant embarked up the other end to sting the palms of Wickens.

Elliott was presented with the golden chance to win the game but he tried to scoop the ball when in one-on-one and flicked the ball wide.

The Foxes were out to make Fulham pay for that mistake and were giving the defence warning signs. Pennant’s mazy run ended with him firing narrowly wide of the post.

Substitute Dempsey Arlott-John’s pace added a new dimension to Leicester, and his pull back found Pennant. Drameh on hand to make the block. The ball came out to Loughlan who curled a shot off the bar from the edge of the box.

The biggest chance came in the dying seconds. Armsworth’s header was saved brilliantly by Bosworth and Terry Ablade crashed the rebound off the underside of the bar. The missed chance forcing the tie into extra time.

Abraham still looked full of life into extra time. He took on Elewa-Ikpakwu stride for stride down the middle and had his effort blocked behind.

Pennant won his side a penalty on the counter attack as McAvoy brought him down on his route to goal. Thomas stepped up to make it one spot kick a piece scored for each side.

Despite throwing everything at the Leicester goal, it wasn’t enough as Fulham exited the FA Youth Cup.

Match Information

Competition: The FA Youth Cup

Date: Tuesday 11 December 2018
Kick-off: 7:00pm

Venue: King Power Stadium, Leicester

Leicester City U18s

Line-up: Bosworth; Gyamfi (Sams 107'), Elewa-Ikpakwu, Kranthove, Thomas; Pennant, Tavares (James 90'), Loughlan; Fitzhugh (Arlott-John 80'), Russ (Myring 120'), Flynn

Unused substitutes: Stolarczyk

Fulham U18s

Line-up: Wickens; Drameh, Armsworth (Tahir 115'), McAvoy, Cover; O'Riley, Hilton; Elliott, Carvalho, Jasper (Ablade 82'); Abraham

Unused substitutes: Ashby-Hammond, Davis, Asare

Leicester City U18s (4-3-3)
  • 1Oliver Bosworth
  • 2Dennis Gyamfi
  • 5Ed Elewa-Ikpakwu
  • 6Justin Kranthove
  • 3Luke Thomas
  • 7Terrel Pennant
  • 4Sidnei Tavares
  • 8Liam Loughlan
  • 10Ethan Fitzhugh
  • 9Will Russ
  • 11Shane Flynn
  • 12Tom Sams
  • 13Jakub Stolarczyk
  • 14Leon James
  • 15Harrison Myring
  • 16Dempsey Arlott-John
Fulham U18s (4-2-3-1)
  • 1George Wickens
  • 2Cody Drameh
  • 5Scott Armsworth
  • 6Connor McAvoy
  • 3Tristan Cover
  • 4Matt O'Riley
  • 8Sonny Hilton
  • 7Harvey Elliott
  • 10Fabio Carvalho
  • 11Sylvester Jasper
  • 9Timmy Abraham
  • 12Luca Ashby-Hammond
  • 14Terry Ablade
  • 15Showkat Tahir
  • 16Ben Davis
  • 17Zico Asare