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Fulham U-18s v Spurs U-18s, 03.11.18
Courtesy of:- Ray Lo, and the Spurs List
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       Premier U-18 League, 2018-19
    Motspur Park, Worcester Park, Surrey,
     Saturday 3rd November 2018, 11am

        FULHAM     v     SPURS
     (White/Black)     (All Blue)
        4-2-3-1         4-1-4-1

         1(0)             1(0)

       Toni Stahl  1  Joshua Oluwayemi
     Cody Dramesh  2  Brooklyn Lyons-Foster
    Tristan Cover  3  Dennis Cirkin
     Sonny Hilton  4  Harvey White
    Zico Absare(C) 5  Malachi Walcott
    Connor McAvoy  6  Luis Binks
   Harvey Elliott  7  Dilan Markanday
        Ben Davis  8  Armando Shashoua(C)
    Timmy Abraham  9  Jeremie Mukendi
   Fabio Carvalho 10  Phoenix Patterson
 Sylvester Jasper 11  Rodel Richards

     Mac Chisholm 12  Jubril Okendina
                  13  Kacper Kurylowicz
    Riley Warland 14  Elliott Thorpe
     Terry Ablade 15  Rayan Clarke
    Showkat Tahir 16
    Jonathon Page 17

       Abraham 53     Patterson 65

                      White 31(Foul)

Sent off:-
                      (Professional foul)

   Colin Omogbehin    Matt Wells

Referee: L. Dyson
Assistants: A. Lukauskis & B. Caraghin 

Spurs travelled to Fulham's training ground on a chilly but bright morning seeking to continue their good run. Fulham won their last game 2-1 at Brighton and Spurs beat Aston Villa 6-1. Last season Spurs won 2-1 at Motspur Park having lost by the same score at home.

Spurs lined up with Oluwayemi in goal behind Walcott and Binks with Lyons-Foster at right back and Cirkin on the left. White anchored the midfield with Shashoua and Patterson ahead of him with Markanday on the right flank and Richards on the left in support of Mukendi up front. With the Champions League Youth game next week it was a short bench. Fulham included Tammy Abraham's younger brother who looks as tall as him, if not as deadly.

Spurs kicked off the first half attacking the West end using their pace and quick passing to put the home defence on the back foot. The home side defended well with Hilton and Davis helping out. Patterson played in Mukendi for an early chance that he put wide. Shashoua set up Patterson for an effort that he hit over. Minutes later Patterson fired over again from a ball by Markanday.

Richards dug out the ball to draw a save from Stahl after Patterson had played the ball into the area. With the defence standing up well, Markanday had a shot from distance that went over the bar. Carvalho looked like being first in the ref's book after four or five late challenges but it was White who was booked for persistent fouls after his third. Having weathered the storm Fulham created a few opportunities with Abraham missing the best.

Fulham pushed forward in the second half which caught Spurs out as Drameh fired wide. Markanday fired over having been played in by Shashoua and Patterson won a corner from a low drive that was pushed round the far post by Stahl.

Spurs defence was caught square by a through ball by Carvalho for Abraham to run onto and fire past Oluwayemi to give the home side the lead. Spurs took off Lyons-Foster for Clarke as they sought to break down the Fulham defence and with the extra man it did create more space for players.

Richards pulled the ball back at the near post for Patterson to steady himself before driving low into the far corner for the equaliser.

The game opened up more as both sides went for a second goal. Elliott drew a good save from Oluwayemi, winning a corner. Abraham was played through for a one on one with Oluwayemi but fluffed his chance going round the keeper. Shashoua played in Markanday to draw a save from Stahl. Elliott fired over from a good position while Clarke drew a save with a deflected effort.

Okendina replaced Mukendi going to right back with Richards going up front. Patterson played in Richards to draw a save before Carvalho ran onto a through ball and was pulled back by Binks. The referee was quick to award a penalty and sent off the Spurs defender. Elliott stepped up and hit the ball to the right but Oluwayemi guessed right and saved. Fulham tried to make the most of the extra man but apart from an effort by Ablade that was saved by Oluwayemi Spurs finished with a point.

Spurs play was not as slick as usual but the Fulham defence was also in top form which prevented Spurs going in front in the first half and giving them the chance to grab a goal. The draw allowed Arsenal to move to the top of the table with a win at Swansea. After the Champions Youth League game on Tuesday, Spurs have a Premier U-18 League Cup game on Saturday when Swansea are the visitors to Hotspur Way.


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