Saturday 27 April 2019, 11:00am at Motspur Park, Surrey
Fulham FC
Fulham U18s
Arsenal U18s
Daley-Campbell 78'; Balogun 81'; Coyle 90'+1

58' Yellow Card

Jonathon Page Card was given for a foul

72' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Ryan De Havilland
Off:Terry Ablade

82' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Jean-Pierre Tiehi
Off:Jonathon Page

78' Goal

Vontae Daley-Campbell

81' Goal

Florian Balogun
Assist by Sam Greenwood

90'+1 Goal

Trae Coyle

56' Yellow Card

Mark McGuiness Card was given for a foul

90'+3 Yellow Card

Vontae Daley-Campbell Card was given for a foul

79' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Yunus Musah
Off:Miguel Azeez

A late surge of Arsenal quality saw them put three goals past Fulham and secure the league title on Saturday morning at Motspur Park.

Gunners Secure Silverware

Saturday 27 April 2019 13:04

A late surge of Arsenal quality saw them put three goals past Fulham and secure the league title on Saturday morning at Motspur Park.

Vontae Daley-Campbell, Florian Balogun and Trae Coyle all scored within the final 12 minutes to put a generous gloss on their final game after Fulham had given them many scares. 

Arsenal started like a side that knew the league title was on the line. Balogun looked sharp in the channels as Fulham tried to settle into their usual composed game.

Matt Smith combined nicely with those around him to force the first stop from Luca Ashby-Hammond fresh from his clean sheet the previous evening.

Fulham were hunting in packs to seize on loose passes and that was where the biggest chance of the game came from. Sonny Hilton won the ball high and fed Timmy Abraham, but Tom Smith got enough contact on the strike to halt a certain goal.

The Gunners continued to force the issue as a cleverly worked free kick found its way to Coyle who scuffed his shot into the ground.

Abraham was proving a threat with his pace as Fabio Carvalho cut open the visitors to send a shot across, evading the forward by millimetres. Fulham held their own going into the second half.

Ashby-Hammond was in the mood for shot stopping as he prevented a strong effort from Ben Cottrell. Seconds later he was in action again to make another sprawling stop.

Scott Armsworth and Connor McAvoy were doing their bit to prevent Arsenal breaking through with some stern blocks and clearances as the visitors huffed and puffed.

Smith again saw a shot deflected wide as Arsenal began to despair at the resolute Fulham defence. Miguel Azeez found the ball in his path but again a defender was in the way to prevent any opening.

Fortune was on the side of Arsenal as a high boot and handball were waved away as the surprisingly quiet Balogun leaped without enough purchase on his header.

An adjudged handled pass-back had Arsenal nerves jangling as sub Ryan De Havilland clattered one into a wall of bodies from eight yards. Balogun was played in at the other end but his shot was tame, and the rear guard held firm once more entering the final ten minutes.

The visitors piled men forward searching for that decisive goal. Daley-Campbell stayed forward from full back and slotted home the opener to cue premature celebrations.

Balogun found his clinical edge moments later placing an impeccable finish into the lower quadrant.

Coyle put the icing on the cake for The Gunners with an emphatic finish to secure the league title over their bitter rivals Spurs.

Match Information

Competition: Barclays U18 Premier League

Date: Saturday 27 April 2019
Kick-off: 11:00am

Venue: Motspur Park, Surrey

Fulham U18s

Line-up: Ashby-Hammond; Asare, Armsworth, McAvoy, Odutayo; Hilton, Page (Tiehi 82'); Ablade (De Havilland 72'), Carvalho, Jasper; Abraham

Unused substitutes: Chisholm, D'aura Henry, Benjamin

Arsenal U18s

Line-up: Smith; Daley-Campbell, McGuiness, Clarke, Swanson; Greenwood, Smith, Azeez (Musah 79'); Cottrell, Balogun, Coyle

Unused substitutes: Ogungbo, Graczyk, Flaherty, Mathews

Fulham U18s (4-2-3-1)
  • 1Luca Ashby-Hammond
  • 2Zico Asare
  • 5Scott Armsworth
  • 6Connor McAvoy
  • 3Idris Odutayo
  • 8Sonny Hilton
  • 4Jonathon Page
  • 7Terry Ablade
  • 10Fabio Carvalho
  • 11Sylvester Jasper
  • 9Timmy Abraham
  • 12Mac Chisholm
  • 14Jean-Pierre Tiehi
  • 15Ryan De Havilland
  • 16Luciano D'aura Henry
  • 17Xavier Benjamin
Arsenal U18s (4-3-3)
  • 1Tom Smith
  • 2Vontae Daley-Campbell
  • 5Mark McGuiness
  • 6Harrison Clarke
  • 3Zak Swanson
  • 7Sam Greenwood
  • 4Matthew Smith
  • 8Miguel Azeez
  • 10Ben Cottrell
  • 9Florian Balogun
  • 11Trae Coyle
  • 12Mazeed Ogungbo
  • 13Hubert Graczyk
  • 14Yunus Musah
  • 15Stan Flaherty
  • 16Alfie Mathews