Saturday 15 September 2018, 12:00pm at Motspur Park, Surrey
Fulham FC
Fulham U18s
Elliott (pen) 67', (pen) 87'; Carvalho 78'
Norwich City
Norwich City U18s
Mehmeti 2'

67' Penalty

Harvey Elliott

78' Goal

Fabio Carvalho
Assist by Sylvester Jasper

87' Penalty

Harvey Elliott

36' Yellow Card

Tristan Cover Card was given for a foul

2' Goal

Anis Mehmeti

50' Yellow Card

Isak Thornaldsson Card was given for a foul

2' Missed Penalty

Anis Mehmeti

84' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Spencer Keller
Off:Jaden Thompson-Brissett

84' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Denzelle Oropade
Off:Atli Barnason

87' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Matt Richardson
Off:Ethan Vaughan

Two Harvey Elliott spot kicks and a Fabio Carvalho strike earned the Under-18s their first win of the season.

Under-18s Come from Behind To Win

Saturday 15 September 2018 14:08

Fulham Under-18s came from behind to secure their first win of the season, overcoming Norwich Under-18s 3-1.

The game consisted of three penalties, shared between both sides, but two spot kicks from Harvey Elliott and a Fabio Carvalho strike saw the Young Whites over the line.

Two minutes in Norwich were awarded a penalty, Tristan Cover went through the back of Isak Thornaldsson in the area after a long ball. Anis Mehmeti’s penalty was saved low by George Wickens, but the forward dispatched the rebound.

Fulham recovered well from the early setback. Sonny Hilton intercepted a loose Norwich pass and rode a couple of challenges before firing over. A couple of neat passages of play followed the first chance as Ben Davis and Carvalho started to dictate the game.

Norwich created their next meaningful opening after 19 minutes. Wickens was forced into action to push Thornaldsson’s shot away from close range.

A deft touch by Hilton created an opening for Carvalho, his shot was easily gathered by Sam Blair in the Norwich goal.

Fulham huffed and puffed at the Norwich goal without creating clear cut chances, despite vast amounts of possession. Sylvester Jasper and Cover had a lot of joy down the left-hand side – their balls into the box put behind for a corner on numerous occasions.

Jasper then had his chance when a lovely Connor McAvoy ball over the top was misjudged by Ethan Vaughan, he raced clear and his shot was put straight at the goalkeeper.

Carvalho persisted with picking up dangerous areas in the Norwich half and tested Blair again. However, his strike lacked conviction making another comfortable stop. Terry Ablade was quiet for most parts of the first half, but he worked the goalkeeper after 40 minutes. Elliott’s channel pass forced Blair into a smart stop at his near post.

The Canaries had sparing chances throughout the first half, but wasted a golden opportunity just before the break. Saul Milovanovic slipped in Thornaldsson who should have done better from 10 yards.

Jasper caused more problems on the flanks – he sold Vaughan a dummy and curled an effort agonisingly over the bar. Elliott’s cleverly disguised free-kick needed pushing behind for yet another corner, but The Young Whites went in at the break behind.

Carvalho grew closer to his deserved goal into the second half. His volley from the edge of the box crashed against the underside of the bar and onto the line. Norwich got deeper as the half wore on and Elliott was finding more space on the flanks. He jinked his way inside and his strike was nearly gobbled up on the rebound by Ablade.

Wave after wave of pressure was applied by the Young Whites, but the equaliser still eluded them. Elliott floated a cross to the back post which Jasper could only loop a header over the bar.

The pressure told mid-way through the second half when Fulham were awarded a penalty of their own. Hilton released Ablade and Aaron Emukah could only bring the forward down. Young Harvey Elliott confidently dispatched the spot kick.

The winger was involved soon after when a sweeping move from right to left found Cover. His first time cross met Elliott at the back stick – his diving header sailed over.

The Fulham number ten Carvalho was rewarded 12 minutes from time. Davis won the ball and released Jasper – his perfect through ball was slid into the far corner.

Jasper was barged in the area which allowed Elliott to convert his second goal of the morning from the spot.

The final whistle shortly followed another routine Wickens stop and Fulham Under-18s held on for their first win of the season.


Match Information

Competition: Barclays U18 Premier League

Date: Saturday 15 September 2018
Kick-off: 12:00pm

Venue: Motspur Park, Surrey

Fulham U18s

Line-up: Wickens; Page, Asare, McAvoy, Cover; Davis, Hilton; Elliott, Carvalho, Jasper; Ablade

Unused substitutes: Yanko, Antwi, Armsworth, Warland, Frei

Norwich City U18s

Line-up: Blair; Vaughan (Richardson 87'), Ekumah, Dronfield, Ahamdi; Thompson-Brissett (Keller 84'), Lomas, Milovanovic, Barnason (Oropade 84'); Mehmeti, Thornaldsson

Unused substitutes: Spingett, Omotoye

Fulham U18s (4-2-3-1)
  • 1George Wickens
  • 2Jonathon Page
  • 5Zico Asare
  • 6Connor McAvoy
  • 3Tristan Cover
  • 8Ben Davis
  • 4Sonny Hilton
  • 7Harvey Elliott
  • 10Fabio Carvalho
  • 11Sylvester Jasper
  • 9Terry Ablade
  • 12Nativ Yanko
  • 14Cameron Antwi
  • 15Scott Armsworth
  • 16Riley Warland
  • 17Elias Frei
Norwich City U18s (4-4-2)
  • 1Sam Blair
  • 2Ethan Vaughan
  • 5Aaron Ekumah
  • 6Zac Dronfield
  • 3Anash Ahamdi
  • 7Jaden Thompson-Brissett
  • 4Louis Lomas
  • 8Saul Milovanovic
  • 11Atli Barnason
  • 10Anis Mehmeti
  • 9Isak Thornaldsson
  • 12Matt Richardson
  • 14Spencer Keller
  • 15Denzelle Oropade
  • 16Tony Spingett
  • 17Tyrese Omotoye