Saturday 9 March 2019, 11:00am at Motspur Park, Surrey
Fulham FC
Fulham U18s
Elliott 42'; Ablade 87'
West Ham United U18s

42' Goal

Harvey Elliott

87' Goal

Terry Ablade
Assist by Fabio Carvalho

45' Yellow Card

Jonathon Page Card was given for a foul

65' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Terry Ablade
Off:Jean-Pierre Tiehi

70' Yellow Card

Jake Giddings Card was given for a foul

46' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Josh Wilson-Esbraud
Off:Harrison Ashby

46' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Seb Nebyla
Off:Dan Chesters

70' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Veron Parkes
Off:Amadou Diallo

Fulham Under-18s displayed their new-found swagger with a third straight league win at the expense of West Ham Under-18s.

Fulham Swagger To Another Win

Saturday 9 March 2019 13:04

Fulham Under-18s displayed their new-found swagger with a third straight league win on Saturday morning over West Ham Under-18s.

Harvey Elliott’s near post strike set the Young Whites on their way and substitute Terry Ablade secured the three points late-on. 

Fulham started with a confidence that exemplified the way they had been playing, a rhythm of passes setting in. Fabio Carvalho’s quick feet causing problems down the left.

The Hammers got into their stride quickly and Bernardo Rosa fired in a ball across the six-yard box, evading those in waiting. The wind was playing a part in the tale as Ryan De Havilland was presented with a clear opportunity but his shot swirled wide in the blustery conditions.

Classic centre forward play from Jean-Pierre Tiehi sent Sonny Hilton ghosting through the middle, only for his shot to cannon the outside of the post. The Young Whites ramped up the pressure as Connor McAvoy was staking a claim for the striking role. His first touch and volley from a corner sailed over.

Jamal Baptiste put in a crucial foot on the powerful Tiehi to stop him marking his comeback with a certain goal as West Ham found themselves penned in their own half.

The West Ham back four was creaking under the insistent pressure as Carvalho’s shot was beaten away by Serine Sanneh. Idris Odutayo’s follow up made for an impressive double stop with his feet.

However, moments later the desired opener. Elliott wormed his way through after more good work from Tiehi and squeezed a shot in at the near post.

Carvalho was picking up pockets of space and becoming hard to track. Tiehi’s run off the shoulder was spotted forcing another save from Sanneh.

A jam-packed end to the half finished with Rosa’s stunning free-kick crashing the top of the crossbar and flying behind.

The second half started in a similar fashion. Fulham bossing the game. De Havilland cracked over from the edge of the box.

West Ham made two positive changes at the interval and substitute Seb Nebyla opened a yard for himself but dragged wide.

Luca Ashby-Hammond personified calmness, beating a player with a quick turn and finding a pin-point pass out of defence. The confidence the lads had gained was bustling throughout the squad.

The wind continued to play a part as Carvalho’s corner nearly dipped in at the far post but Sanneh clawed the ball to safety. Naturally, West Ham opened up to search for a leveller. Zico Asare’s heroic block from close range maintained the slender lead.

The game was end-to-end come the closing stages as an interesting spectacle developed. Ablade, as always, looked sharp off the bench and he robbed Baptiste to force another stop from the Young Hammers’ stopper.

Sanneh miraculously kept his side in it with an outstanding double save from Hilton. However, that work was undone by the super sub. Ablade popped up three minutes from time to secure the three points.

Match Information

Competition: Barclays U18 Premier League

Date: Saturday 9 March 2019
Kick-off: 11:00am

Venue: Motspur Park, Surrey

Fulham U18s

Line-up: Ashby-Hammond; Asare, Armsworth, McAvoy, Odutayo; De Havilland, Page; Elliott, Hilton, Carvalho; Tiehi (Ablade 65')

Unused substitutes: Wickens, Tahir, Pajaziti, D'Aura Henry

West Ham United U18s

Line-up: Sanneh; Ashby (Wilson-Esbraud 46'), Greenidge, Baptiste, Hannam; Rosa, Giddings, Chesters (Nebyla 46'); Watson, Longelo, Diallo (Parkes 70')

Unused substitutes: Roach, Forson

Fulham U18s (4-2-3-1)
  • 1Luca Ashby-Hammond
  • 2Zico Asare
  • 5Scott Armsworth
  • 6Connor McAvoy
  • 3Idris Odutayo
  • 8Ryan De Havilland
  • 4Jonathon Page
  • 7Harvey Elliott
  • 10Sonny Hilton
  • 11Fabio Carvalho
  • 9Jean-Pierre Tiehi
  • 12George Wickens
  • 14Showkat Tahir
  • 15Terry Ablade
  • 16Adrion Pajaziti
  • 17Luciano D'Aura Henry
West Ham United U18s (4-3-3)
  • 1Serine Sanneh
  • 2Harrison Ashby
  • 5Will Greenidge
  • 6Jamal Baptiste
  • 3Reece Hannam
  • 7Bernardo Rosa
  • 4Jake Giddings
  • 8Dan Chesters
  • 10Louie Watson
  • 9Manny Longelo
  • 11Amadou Diallo
  • 12Josh Wilson-Esbraud
  • 13Josh Roach
  • 14Keenan Forson
  • 16Seb Nebyla
  • 17Veron Parkes