Our Under-18s group were involved in a thrilling contest away from home at Motspur Park, as a very competitive game ended with both sides sharing the spoils. It was a draw which saw two goals each from Edwin Andersson and Jude Soonsup-Bell as the game ended 4-4.
Our boys were involved in an exciting contest against the team that currently sit top of the Under-18s Premier League in Fulham. It promised to be an exciting game against our west London rivals and the scoreline proves that it was. An ealy goal from Andersson set the tone in this one as he grabbed himself a brace on the day.
With the game getting away from our young Blues, Soonsup-Bell notched the second of his brace five minutes before the conclusion of the game to level the scoring at 4-4, and that was how it would end.
Both sides came into this affair off the back of contrasting form. Fulham had scored seven goals in their last two games and kept clean sheets in both, while our boys were attempting to halt their two-game losing streak; both of which they lost by one-goal margins.
The intent from Ed Brand's boys was evident and we opened the scoring through Andersson who was on hand to finish expertly, after the team won the ball back through good pressure.
On the ball our young Blues struggled to complete their passes and inevitably ended up conceding through Jaylan Wildbore who was able to finish after we failed to clear our lines from a set-piece. Fulham then took the lead through Harvey Araujo.
Despite this setback, the boys responded positively and halfway through the first half we managed to equalise through Soonsup-Bell. His header was diverted well into the net after a wonderful cross from Lewis Hall. Our boys were rewarded again for their fine effort and they made the scoreline 3-2 as Andersson got his second of the game after a fine team move. On the balance of things we deserved to go into half-time 3-2 up.
Following a quiet period in the game some sloppy defending allowed Luke Harris to equalise for Fulham as he levelled the scoring. This opened the game up.
It was our boys who had the chance to go ahead once more as we managed to win a penalty. Lewis Hall stepped up to take it and despite having a 100 per cent record from the spot this season he missed this one, with Louis Flower failing to convert from the rebound.
Immediately after that penalty miss, Fulham won themselves a penalty at the other end as Badley-Morgan was adjuged by the referee to have fouled his opponent. Harris made no mistake from the spot and scored his second of the game.
With five minutes remaining, Soonsup-Bell finished well from a Badley-Morgan cross which levelled the scoring once again to make it 4-4. This is a game that will be remmebered for braces; a brace of goals from Soonsup-Bell and Andersson for Chelsea and a brace for Harris of Fulham. As well as that there were a brace of penalties awarded in the game.
Ed Brand, head coach of the under-18s said after the game: 'I was disappointed that we did not get the win, baring in mind this team that played together did not train on Friday. It was a great advert for youth football and in the grand scheme of things our late goal to give us the draw was well deserved.'
This draw keeps us in fifth place in the U18 Premier League on goal difference and leaves us one point behind our London rivals Arsenal and Crystal Palace in fourth and third respectively.
Fulham (4-4-2): A Borto; Devan Tanton, C Robinson, Luc De Fourgerolles, Harvey Araujo; Matthew Dibley-Dias (Georgios Okkas 90+1), D McCoy-Splatt, Luke Harris, I Lanquedoc; Jaylan Wildbore (Michael Olakigbe 65), O Sanderson.
Unused Subs: Alfie McNally, Terrel Works, Tyler Caton.
Booked: Devan Tanton 36, Luc De Fourgerolles 90+1.
Scorers: Harvey Araujo 11, Jaylan Wildbore 23, Luke Harris 55 & 76 (p)
Chelsea (4-1-3-2): Prince Adegoke; Richard Olise (Derrick Abu 88), Brodie Hughes, Zain Silcott-Duberry (Luke Badley-Morgan 71), Joshua Tobin; Lewis Hall, Silko Thomas (Tudor Mendel-Idowu 78), Edwin Andersson, Charlie Webster; Louis Flower, Jude Soonsup-Bell.
Unused Subs: Sam Tlemcani, Max Merrick.
Booked: Charlie Webster 81.
Scorers: Edwin Andersson 6 & 33, Jude Soonsup-Bell 30 & 85.