Post-Match Report

Match report: Fulham 2-2 Arsenal U-18s

Fulham U18 -

Motspur Park
U18 Premier League South
U18 Premier League South
  Fulham U18
      
              Ablade  (21)
               Stansfield (56)
          
   crest
Fulham U18
Ablade (21) Stansfield (56)
2 2
  Arsenal U18
      
                  Murphy (43 og)
                   Oyegoke (59)
            
   crest
Arsenal U18
Murphy (43 og)
Oyegoke (59)

WHAT HAPPENED

We twice battled back from a goal behind to earn a point against Fulham at Motspur Park on Saturday afternoon.
 
Ken Gillard's side could consider themselves unlucky not to take the lead when after Daniel Oyegoke's surge forward set up Sam Greenwood, but our forward's shot cannoned off the crossbar.
 
We were looking comfortable in the early stages but then when Alex Kirk failed to clear a long throw in, Terry Ablade broke into the box to fire a low strike past Hubert Graczyk.
 
But our youngsters were straight back on the attack. Miguel Azeez picked out Ryan Alebiosu on the right-hand side, but Nathan Butler-Oyedeji couldn't direct our forward's cross on target.
 
We kept going, though, and made it count when Alebiosu picked up the ball in the channel again. The teenager fired in another low cross and under pressure from Greenwood, Ibane Bowat turned past his own goalkeeper to draw us level.
 
Back in the game and in firm control, we were full of momentum but once more went behind. After Graczyk had denied Sylvester Jasper from close range, the tricky Fulham winger found Jay Stansfield, who fired home past our keeper.
 
Undeterred, we continued to create chances with Azeez's low strike stinging Luca Ashby-Hammond's palms. And then when our midfielder's corner was only partially cleared, the unmarked Oyegoke reacted quickest to head into the top corner.

WHAT IT MEANS


WHAT'S NEXT

Upon returning from this month's international break, Gillard's side will prepare for the visit of Swansea City on Saturday, November 30.
 
The game will take place at Arsenal Training Centre. Kick-off is at 11am (UK) and attendance is by invitation only.