The Whites came into this game needing three points to all but confirm a Play-Off spot with one game final game remaining against Sheffield Wednesday away next week. All that was needed to match or better Leeds United’s score.
With four wins on the spin Fulham were full of confidence coming into this game. Last time out the Whites beat Huddersfield in an impressive 4-1 victory up in Yorkshire.
After going a goal down early on, Scott Malone and Tom Cairney scored before Stefan Johansen grabbed a brace to take all three points back to London.
Brentford however, had also been enjoying their own good spell of form having gone without defeat in their previous seven games and were looking to put a dent Fulham’s promotion bid in this West London derby.
Last Saturday Brentford beat QPR in another local derby at Griffin Park, winning 3-1.
The match kicked off and the Whites started the better of the two, probing the Bees’ back line. First was Floyd Ayite attempting cross from the right of the box, before Scott Malone attempted to get into the box down the left.
The breakthrough early goal came in the eigth minute with the Whites making the most of their pressure. Sone Aluko picked the ball up in midfield and attempted to slot a through ball to Sessegnon. A blue shirt managed to stop the move but only for a pause.
Aluko picked the ball up once more and this time successfully put it through to Sessegnon left of goal.
The 16 year old pulled an exquisite ball across the box and Caireny hammered it past Daniel Bentley from inside the area to break the deadlock.
It didn’t take long for Cairney to try sniff out another goal. Sessegnon linked up well with Johansen, and he pulled a ball back to Cairney waiting at the edge of the area. He tried to curl the ball into the top left but it sailed a foot over the bar.
Brentford showed their first attacking threat straight after and Marcus Bettlielli was called into action for the first time. Lasse Vibe unleased a shot from outside the area and Bettinelli made a good save to keep the Whites ahead.
The game exploded into life with both teams attacking hard. Cairney won the ball in midfield and tried to set Aluko off down the right and had a shot blocked inside the area.
Sessegnon was causing problems for Harlee Dean, 18 minutes in was almost through on goal before a last ditch tackle prevented him from shooting. Brentford cleared their lines but it was the Whites attacking again, Ryan Fredericks breaking down the left and slotting a through ball to Ayite, which he managed to get on target from a tight angle.
In the 22nd minute the crowd had thought Fulham had doubled the lead. From a corner Johansen played a ball to Ayite on his own, he slammed it into the net but the referee had decided the Whites had committed a foul.
Two minutes later and Ayite looked sure to score, he slipped through the defenders holding a high-line, with only the keeper to beat he smashed it high.
Approaching the third way mark Fulham had their grip on the game once more. Cairney passed to Kevin McDonald for him to let fly at the edge of the box, blocked by a Bees defender. Malone then whipped a teasing ball through the box but no Fulham attacker could get on the end of it.
Cairney and Aluko both made attempts from outside the box and the pressure was really starting to mount from the Whites.
With Fulham committing so many men forward, Brentford scored on the break. Yennaris slotted a ball past Bettinelli
Fulham looked to respond straight away with that Brentford leveller. Sessegnon broke down the right, managed to get past his defender and into the box before pulling a ball back to Cairney, almost mirroring the first goal.
A powerful shot was blocked by the defender, and would have been a certain goal otherwise with Bentley not getting near.
Four minutes before the break and Fulham had another golden chance. Fredericks gassed past both Yohann Barbet and Tom Field before putting in a lofty ball. Ayite, the only man in the box headed it inches past the left upright.
On the stroke of 45 minutes the Whites mounted another dangerous attack. Johansen pulled a ball back in from the right to Ayite, and a crunching late tackle game in. Ayite caught the ball at the edge of the area, turned, and with the obvious advantage gone the ref blew his whistle for a penalty.
Johansen had to go off for treatment and Cairney stepped up to the penalty spot. He shot low hard and right, but Bentley guessed the correct way and pushed the ball back into play.
Cairney sprung on the ball but Bentley got up and managed to take it in his gloves.
Competition: Barclays U18 Premier League
Date: Saturday 29 April 2017
Venue: Tottenham Hotspur Training Centre, London
Line-up: Whiteman; Hinds, Marsh, Tangana, Brown; Duncan, Skipp; Shashoua, Roues, Bennetts; Sterling
Unused substitutes: Omulabi, Freeman, Lock, Patterson
Line-up: Ashby-Hammond; Felix, Mundle-Smith, Opoku, Martin; Harris, York; Pearce, Kwietniewski, Kelly; Abraham
Unused substitutes: Elstone, Schwarzer, Spence, Thompson, Santos-Clase