Saturday 9 September 2017, 11:00am at Hogwood Park, Reading
Reading
Reading U18s
2
Wallace 45'; Coleman 48'
Fulham FC
Fulham U18s
5
Santos-Clase 50'; Thompson 54', 59', 73'; York 81'

45' Goal

Jazz Wallace

48' Goal

Kthan Coleman

46' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Kthan Coleman
Off:Jack Buchanan

68' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Conor Lawless
Off:Jerial Dorsett

50' Goal

Nicolas Santos-Clase

54' Goal

Cameron Thompson

59' Goal

Cameron Thompson

73' Goal

Cameron Thompson

81' Goal

Reece York

77' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Timmi Abraham
Off:Cameron Thompson

80' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Showkat Tahir
Off:Chris Kelly

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Fulham came from two goals behind to beat Reading 5-2 to continue their unbeaten season.

Fulham came from two goals behind to beat Reading 5-2 to continue their unbeaten season. Cameron Thompson scored a hat trick, with Nicolas Santos-Clase and Reece York scoring either side of him.

Last time out the Young Whites won their previous as they beat Southampton at home 2-0.

There was early pressure from the Whites from the start. In the first minute Santos-Clase broke down the left and drilled a shot into the box, with Thompson waiting at the near post.

A Reading defender managed to stick his foot in the way and block his effort. The first five minutes Fulham continued to press, winning numerous corners.

The Whites were doing well both in attack and pressing, not allowing the Royals to play out from their own half.

Reading registered their first attempt in the ninth minute, but Jaydn Mundle-Smith read it well and intercepted cleanly.

Three minutes later and Fulham went close a couple of times, Chris Kelly whipping a ball across goal, and Santos-Clase wasn’t able to get his head to it.

In the 17th minute it looked like the Whites had made the breakthrough., Kelly cut in on his left from 25 yards out and fired at goal. His effort bounced off the far left post, cut came straight off it back into play.

In the 24th minute Sonny Hilton did well to harass the defenders and put them under pressure. 

His hard work almost paid off, stealing the ball and passing to Kelly, who struck again with his left. The keeper got to it and stopped it from spilling over the line.

Three minutes before the break Kelly chipped a dangerous ball through the box, York in the scramble got his foot to the ball but the keeper managed to just keep it out. 

The deflection landed to Santos-Clase, he blasted an effort towards the bar, and again the keeper got up and tipped it over just in time.

Just before halftime it was Reading that made the breakthrough. Even though they had been competitive, it was harsh Fulham went behind.

A ball was lofted into the box, it wasn’t cleared properly and Jazz Wallace struck from the edge of the box. Luca Ashby-Hammond dived and got a hand to the ball but the shot went in off the post to make it 1-0 to Reading.

The second half kicked off as the first did, Thompson was through on goal, pulled the ball right and shot across goal. Rosario somehow managed to get a strong hand to the ball and push it out for a corner.

From the corner Reading countered at pace and won a free kick in a dangerous area right of the goal. The ball was floated into the box, and substitute Kthan Coleman jumped up. The ball came off the back of his head and dropped into the goal to double the hosts’ advantage.

90 seconds later and Santos-Clase ran into the box, he cut onto his right and rocketed a shot into the top right of the net to cut the deficit by half.

In the 54th minute it was Thompson this time running at goal. With a defender in-front he decided to shoot from distance, he shot hard and his effort took a slight deflection to bring the Whites back level at 2-2.

It took less than five minutes after the second to finally put their noses in front. Fulham were putting severe pressure on Reading’s goal, Thompson darted into the left of the box and called for the ball. 

He took a step left of the 6-yard box, and slotted his effort straight past the keeper to make it 3-2.

York won the ball in midfield and Hilton chipped over the top for Thompson to run on to. On a hat trick, baring down on goal, he shot under pressure from a defender and the ball blasted off the left upright and back into play.

Thompson got his second chance in the 73rd minute, this time he didn’t miss. He ran down the right a shot near post, beating the keeper to claim his hat trick and make it 4-2.

Seven minutes later Abraham, who had just come on for the hat trick hero, headed across goal from a corner. York was on hand and made a diving header to poke the ball over the line. He wheeled away in celebration, with his hard work paying off.

The Young Whites saw out the rest of the game well, and the match finished as they preserve their unbeaten start to the season.

Match Information

Competition: Barclays U18 Premier League

Date: Saturday 9 September 2017
Kick-off: 11:00am

Venue: Hogwood Park, Reading

Reading U18s

Line-up: Rosario; Elva-Fountaine, Dorsett (Lawless 68'), Buchanan (Coleman 46'), Nditi; Matete, Burley; Sparta, Wallace, Nolan; Moore

Unused substitutes: Pendlebury, Hillson, Lawrence

Fulham U18s

Line-up: Ashby-Hammond; Asare, Mundle-Smith, Garrido, Martin; Francois, York; Kelly (Tahir 80'), Hilton, Santos-Clase; Thompson (Abraham 77')

Unused substitutes: Wickens, Frei, Armsworth

Reading U18s (4-2-3-1)
  • 1Gabe Rosario
  • 2Marcel Elva-Fountaine
  • 5Jerial Dorsett
  • 6Jack Buchanan
  • 3Roberto Nditi
  • 8Jay Matete
  • 4Andre Burley
  • 7Kosta Sparta
  • 10Jazz Wallace
  • 11Jack Nolan
  • 9Shamal Moore
Substitutes
  • 12Olli Pendlebury
  • 13James Hillson
  • 14Kthan Coleman
  • 15Conor Lawless
  • 16Charlie Lawrence
Fulham U18s (4-2-3-1)
  • 1Luca Ashby-Hammond
  • 2Zico Asare
  • 5Jaydn Mundle-Smith
  • 6Jose Garrido
  • 3Dan Martin
  • 8Tyrese Francois
  • 4Reece York
  • 7Chris Kelly
  • 10Sonny Hilton
  • 11Nicolas Santos-Clase
  • 9Cameron Thompson
Substitutes
  • 12Showkat Tahir
  • 13George Wickens
  • 14Timmi Abraham
  • 15Elias Frei
  • 16Scott Armsworth