Saturday 24 November 2018, 11:00am at Motspur Park, Surrey
Fulham FC
Fulham U18s
Chelsea U18s

52' Yellow Card

Tristan Cover Card was given for a foul

65' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Sylvester Jasper
Off:Showkat Tahir

84' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Terry Ablade
Off:Timmy Abraham

65' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Armando Broja
Off:George Nunn

83' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Jordan Aina
Off:Marcel Lavinier

84' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Henry Lawrence
Off:Clinton Mola

Fulham Under-18s put in a stern defensive performance to keep out a formidable Chelsea side, holding them to a stalemate.

Fulham Hold Firm

Saturday 24 November 2018 13:20

Fulham Under-18s put in a stern defensive display to hold Chelsea Under-18s to a stalemate at Motspur Park on Saturday morning.

George Wickens was the busier of the two goalkeepers as he made some fine saves to keep the scores level. 

The drizzly, boggy conditions didn’t help either side to settle into the game with multiple turnovers. Marcel Lavinier forced Wickens into his first routine stop of the game.

Good work from Sonny Hilton presented Ben Davis with the Young Whites’ first shooting opportunity, which Jake Askew was equal to. Lavinier was proving a threat down the right as he cut inside to bend a shot narrowly wide of the right-hand post.

Showkat Tahir and Hilton linked nicely to present the best opening of the game. A reverse pass into the channel to Hilton was engineered to nearly present Timmy Abraham with a tap-in – Ian Maatsen was alert to stab clear.

Zico Asare made a goal saving tackle to deny Lavinier from a George Nunn flick on, timing his tackle to perfection.

A chess match was forming between the two in terms of tactical battles. The Fulham midfield were happy to cut out passing channels and starve the Blues of dangerous opportunities. However, Abraham was struggling to feed on long passes.

Lavinier fashioned the best opening for Chelsea just before half an hour. Connor McAvoy headed a corner clear which the winger met with a drive rattling the crossbar. Wickens was then alert to a short back-pass, to sweep up any potential danger that Nunn was looking to cause.

Wickens made another good save just before the break, Clinton Mola laced a shot destined for the corner, the fists of the stopper, fresh from a new contract, blocked the opener. The score remained deadlocked at the break.

Shortly after the restart, it was Tristan Cover’s turn to save the day to deny Thierno Ballo from opening the scoring. Wickens sprawled low to make yet another save from Mola as Chelsea ramped up the pressure.

Abraham’s neat flick around the corner allowed Tahir to flash a ball agonisingly out of reach of Fabio Carvalho. The forward nearly found his opening after a loose touch in the middle of the park, his touch allowed Jack Wakely to steal it away.

Colin Omogbehin turned to his bench to introduce Sylvester Jasper, as the Young Whites rode Chelsea’s storm and grew in stature and confidence. Fulham will be aggrieved they weren’t awarded a penalty in the final quarter of an hour as Carvalho was bundled over as he bared down on goal.

Substitute Armando Broja spurned the best chance of the game as Jon Russell flicked a pass into him from ten-yards, his shot curled past the post. That was the last action of the match as Fulham held out for a point.

Match Information

Competition: Barclays U18 Premier League

Date: Saturday 24 November 2018
Kick-off: 11:00am

Venue: Motspur Park, Surrey

Fulham U18s

Line-up: Wickens; McAvoy, Asare, Warland, Cover; Davis, De Havilland; Carvalho, Hilton, Tahir (Jasper 65'); Abraham (Ablade 84')

Unused substitutes: Chisholm, Page, Tiehi

Chelsea U18s

Line-up: Askew; McLelland, Maatsen, Mola (Lawrence 84'), Wakely; Ballo, Simeu, Russell; Lavinier (Aina 83'), Nunn (Broja 65'), Lewis

Unused substitutes: Ziger, Ekwah

Fulham U18s (4-2-3-1)
  • 1George Wickens
  • 2Connor McAvoy
  • 5Zico Asare
  • 6Riley Warland
  • 3Tristan Cover
  • 8Ben Davis
  • 4Ryan De Havilland
  • 7Fabio Carvalho
  • 10Sonny Hilton
  • 11Showkat Tahir
  • 9Timmy Abraham
  • 12Mac Chisholm
  • 14Sylvester Jasper
  • 15Terry Ablade
  • 16Jonathon Page
  • 17Jean-Pierre Tiehi
Chelsea U18s (4-3-3)
  • 1Jake Askew
  • 2Sam McLelland
  • 5Ian Maatsen
  • 6Clinton Mola
  • 3Jack Wakely
  • 10Thierno Ballo
  • 4Dynel Simeu
  • 8Jon Russell
  • 7Marcel Lavinier
  • 9George Nunn
  • 11Marcel Lewis
  • 12Jordan Aina
  • 13Karlo Ziger
  • 14Henry Lawrence
  • 15Pierre Ekwah
  • 16Armando Broja