Saturday 2 March 2019, 1:00pm at Motspur Park, Surrey
Fulham FC
Fulham U18s
Carvalho 36'; Hilton 71'
Leicester City U18s
A-John 51'

36' Goal

Fabio Carvalho
Assist by Ryan De Havilland

71' Goal

Sonny Hilton

58' Yellow Card

Zico Asare Card was given for a foul

56' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Terry Ablade
Off:Jonathon Page

85' Substitution

Player was substituted due to an injury
On:Adrion Pajaziti
Off:Zico Asare

51' Goal

Dempsey A-John
Assist by Harrison Myring

39' Yellow Card

Jakub Stolarczyk Card was given for a foul

Fulham Under-18s registered two wins from as many games with a narrow win over Leicester on Saturday afternoon.

U18s Make It Back-To-Back Wins

Saturday 2 March 2019 14:57

Fulham Under-18s registered two wins from two games with a narrow win over Leicester on Saturday afternoon.

A stunning Fabio Carvalho strike opened the scoring before Dempsey Arlott-John’s header levelled the game. Sonny Hilton’s low finish 20 minutes from time secured the victory.

A frantic game unfolded in the blustery conditions. Idris Odutayo wrestled the ball away from his man and fed Sonny Hilton in an offside position with a clear opening in sight. Zico Asare similarly stepped in on the other flank and squared for Carvalho, but Ed Elewa-Ikpakwu tracked him well.

Fulham were camped in the Leicester half and Connor McAvoy nearly handed us a lead with a towering header from a set-play. As a result of this, Hilton was presented with the best chance of the game. Showkat Tahir’s cross found him free but he miscued his shot wide.

The Foxes took their time to find their feet and they had a clear-cut chance for themselves mid-way through the first half. Arlott-John found himself latching onto a loose ball but McAvoy’s heroic block kept the scores level.

Harrison Myring’s powerful presence was causing issues for young Odutayo. The winger’s powerful cross found Johnson Gyamfi and his effort curled away from the far post.

The Young Whites were finding their rhythm and some slick moves followed. Carvalho plucked a ball out of the sky expertly and back heeled to Odutayo. The left back’s powerful drive could only slam the side netting.

Carvalho’s brilliance was the key to breaking the deadlock. He whipped one into the top corner from 25-yards leaving Jakub Stolarczyk with no chance. The stopper was then fortunate to stay on the pitch as he scythed down the rampaging Jean-Pierre Tiehi. Only a yellow was brandished.

Leicester attempted the direct approach into the second half and Lukas Husek’s header flew over the bar from a corner. The headed approach came good, as Myring’s cross was met powerful by Dempsey Arlott-John to level things up.

The go-to man off the bench Terry Ablade made a strong run in behind to round Stolarczyk and Husek got around well to make the vital block. The deadly duo of Ablade and Carvalho were at it again as the latter drove through to force another smart low save.

The second breakthrough was made through fortunate circumstances. A feint touch from a Leicester defender meant Hilton could turn and fire home from an offside looking position. The goal stood.

Naturally, Leicester pushed for the equaliser and Arlott-John spun his man and sent one towards the same top corner Carvalho found. Luca Ashby-Hammond sprung brilliantly to not only stop the shot but hold it.

The Young Whites rode the wave and held on to secure back-to back wins.

Match Information

Competition: Barclays U18 Premier League

Date: Saturday 2 March 2019
Kick-off: 1:00pm

Venue: Motspur Park, Surrey

Fulham U18s

Line-up: Ashby-Hammond; Asare (Pajaziti 85'), Armsworth, McAvoy, Odutayo; De Havilland, Page (Ablade 56'); Tahir, Hilton, Carvalho; Tiehi

Unused substitutes: Stahl

Leicester City U18s

Line-up: Stolarczyk; Elewa-Ikpakwu, Kranthove, Husek, Murch; Gyamfi, James, Ewing; Myring, A-John, Fitzhugh

Unused substitutes: Sams, Barrett, Russ

Fulham U18s (4-2-3-1)
  • 1Luca Ashby-Hammond
  • 2Zico Asare
  • 5Scott Armsworth
  • 6Connor McAvoy
  • 3Idris Odutayo
  • 8Ryan De Havilland
  • 4Jonathon Page
  • 7Showkat Tahir
  • 10Sonny Hilton
  • 11Fabio Carvalho
  • 9Jean-Pierre Tiehi
  • 12Toni Stahl
  • 14Terry Ablade
  • 15Adrion Pajaziti
Leicester City U18s (4-3-3)
  • 1Jakub Stolarczyk
  • 2Ed Elewa-Ikpakwu
  • 5Justen Kranthove
  • 6Lukas Husek
  • 3Oliver Murch
  • 10Johnson Gyamfi
  • 4Leon James
  • 8Ollie Ewing
  • 7Harrison Myring
  • 9Dempsey A-John
  • 11Ethan Fitzhugh
  • 12Tom Sams
  • 14Connor Barrett
  • 15Will Russ