U18 Report: Fulham 2-2 Saints

By SFC Media Sat 25 Aug Fulham v Southampton
Photo by James Bridle | Kayne Ramsay
Sat 25 Aug 11AM
U18 Premier League
Fulham
2
Southampton
2
Ablade [3' 32']
Norton [18'] Ferry [70']
Asare [80']
Robise [44'] Norton [71'] Ferry [73'] Bartlett [90']
McAvoy [56']
Referee: Alexander Mathieson | Venue: Motspur Park | Attendance: 100

Southampton Under-18s picked up their first point of the new season in an eventful 2-2 draw at Fulham.

Paul Hardyman’s side suffered a nightmare start in west London, falling behind to Terry Ablade’s early opener, but struck back through Christian Norton.

Ablade fired Fulham back in front before the interval, but the hosts were reduced to ten men early in the second half when Connor McAvoy kicked out at Will Ferry.

But Ferry had the last laugh, converting a simple equaliser after more great work from Kayne Ramsay, who was instrumental in both goals.

The young Saints found themselves trailing inside three minutes, as Sylvester Jasper slipped the ball in behind the defence for Ablade, who kept his cool to round Jack Bycroft and fire into the roof of the net.

The hosts had their tails up. Harvey Elliott went down in the box claiming a penalty, before Bycroft dived at the feet of Ablade to prevent the striker doubling his tally.

But Saints gradually played their way into the contest, and Norton duly equalised after 19 minutes.

The goal owed much to the build-up play from Ramsay, who picked up possession inside his own half and embarked on a tremendous solo run that carried him all the way into the Fulham penalty area.

When his fierce shot was parried into the air by goalkeeper George Wickens, Norton stayed composed as he watched the ball drop and dispatched a crisp volley beyond the covering defender on the line.

Christian Norton celebrates his second goal in as many games

Norton was chasing a second when Ferry reached the byeline and picked him out, but the striker’s shot was blocked by the legs of Wickens.

But there was no stopping Ablade. Receiving the ball from Elliott 12 yards out, he took a touch and found the net with a precise finish inside the far post on his left foot.

Bycroft was forced into a fine save early in the second period to keep Saints in contention, repelling a heavily deflected shot from Sylvester Jasper, before the game took a sudden turn when McAvoy was dismissed just shy of the hour for kicking out at Ferry.

Saints soon began to boss possession, but Bycroft was the busier keeper, making further saves from Fabio Carvalho and Elliott, who was left in disbelief when his curling effort was tipped aside.

But ten-man Fulham were opened up by the unstoppable Ramsay 20 minutes from time, as he powered his way down the right flank and picked out Ferry for a simple tap-in.

The goalscorer felt he should have had a penalty as the clock ticked down, bravely getting his head to the ball and taking a high foot in the face for his troubles, but the infringement was deemed to take place outside the area.

There were half-chances at either end as both sides chased a winner, but the spoils were shared at the end of an engaging contest.

Fulham

1
George Wickens (GK)
2
Connor McAvoy
3
Riley Warland
4
Cameron Antwi
Fabio Carvalho (46′)
5
Zico Asare (C)
6
Scott Armsworth
7
Harvey Elliott
8
Ben Davis
Jonathan Page (67′)
9
Terry Ablade
Luciano D'Auria-Henry (59′)
10
Sylvester Jasper
11
Showkat Tahir
12
Nativ Yanko
13
Luciano D'Auria-Henry
14
Fabio Carvalho
15
Jonathan Page
16
Jean-Pierre Tiehi

Southampton

1
Jack Bycroft (GK)
2
Kayne Ramsay
3
James Morris
Kameron Ledwidge (73′)
4
Daniel Bartlett
5
David Agbontohoma
6
Allan Tchaptchet
7
Enzo Robise
Rio Glean (67′)
8
Caleb Watts
Benni Smales-Braithwaite (67′)
9
Christian Norton
10
Sean Brennan (C)
11
Will Ferry
12
Simon Kozak
13
Adam Parkes
14
Kameron Ledwidge
15
Rio Glean
16
Benni Smales-Braithwaite
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