Saturday 15 October 2016, 10:45am at TBC
Arsenal
Arsenal U18s
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Fulham FC
Fulham U18s
1

68' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Michael Elstone
Off:Atli Andrason

86' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Nicolas Santos Clase
Off:Isaac Pearce

88' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Chris Kelly
Off:Cameron Thompson

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Jon Dagur Thorsteinsson’s penalty earned Fulham Under-18s a point in a 1-1 draw at league leaders Arsenal on Saturday.

Jon Dagur Thorsteinsson’s penalty earned Fulham Under-18s a point in a 1-1 draw at league leaders Arsenal on Saturday.

The Gunners hit the post early on after an entertaining start to the encounter, and they pressed again soon after when a goal bound shot was superbly blocked by Joe Felix.

The young Whites responded through Thorsteinsson’s excellent dribble through the home defence, but he was quickly smothered by the goalkeeper before he could get a shot away.

Steve Wigley’s charges then almost went in front in the initial stages of the second half when Cameron Thompson broke and fed Thorsteinsson. His cross found Jayden Harris, but the midfielder’s shot was blocked by the ‘keeper.

A similar pattern was emerging in the game, with Arsenal controlling possession but Fulham looking dangerous on the counter.

The hosts did manage to step things up a gear though, and were unlucky to see a shot crack against the crossbar.

Substitute Michael Elstone then put his follow-up wide after the Arsenal stopper had parried a free-kick, and the striker went even closer not long after when his chip went agonisingly over the bar.

The North Londoners did then make the breakthrough, though, with a free-kick finding its way in at the near post.

But just minutes later, Fulham were level. Isaac Pearce was needlessly fouled in the area as he went away from goal, and Thorsteinsson made no mistake from the spot.

The equaliser gave our youngsters a boost and Reece York was presented with a chance from close range, but he opted to pass rather than try his luck at goal.

Thorsteinsson’s free-kick then resulted in something of a goalmouth scramble, with Elstone eventually scuffing the loose ball wide, with the Whites forced to settle for what is in fact a very admirable draw.

Match Information

Competition: Barclays U18 Premier League

Date: Saturday 15 October 2016
Kick-off: 10:45am

Venue: TBC

Arsenal U18s

Team line-up is not available.

Fulham U18s

Line-up: Ashby-Hammond; Sessegnon, Garrido, Jenz, Felix; Harris, York, Andrason (Elstone 68'), Thorsteinsson; Pearce (Santos Clase 86'), Thompson (Kelly 88')

Unused substitutes: Norman, Spence

Arsenal U18s (TBA)
    Substitutes
      Fulham U18s (4-4-2)
      • 1Taye Ashby-Hammond
      • 2Steven Sessegnon
      • 5Jose Garrido
      • 6Moritz Jenz
      • 3Joe Felix
      • 7Jayden Harris
      • 4Reece York
      • 8Atli Andrason
      • 11Jon Dagur Thorsteinsson
      • 10Isaac Pearce
      • 9Cameron Thompson
      Substitutes
      • 12Michael Elstone
      • 13Felix Norman
      • 14Chris Kelly
      • 15Djed Spence
      • 16Nicolas Santos Clase