Harper 54, 88
- Albion share the spoils in a thrilling encounter
- James Tilley and Jack Harper (2) on target for Brighton
- Cauley Woodrow, George Williams and Mattias Kait on target for Fulham
- Simon Rusk’s side played their final game of 2015
Brighton & Hove Albion’s under-21s earned a share of the spoils in their final match of 2015, after a thrilling 3-3 draw with Fulham at the American Express Elite Football Performance Centre.
Two goals from Jack Harper and a strike from James Tilley secured a point for Simon Rusk’s side in a wet and windy affair at the training ground.
Albion started the game brightly, as Dessie Hutchinson fired wide from Jack Harper’s cross.
The Irishman was involved in the thick of the action again when he shot wide with a well-worked free-kick.
Jayson Molumby was next to try his luck from distance, following a free-flowing move, and fired an effort over the bar.
The Seagulls were rewarded for their positive start after Dylan Barnett’s cross into the area caused havoc in the Fulham defence and Tilley was on hand to tap the ball home in the 23rd minute.
The visitors levelled the score-line just two minutes later though, when Cauley Woodrow prodded the ball home after a mix up in the Albion defence.
Woodrow had a chance to put the Cottagers in front, but the Seagulls’ shot-stopper Bailey Vose made a low save.
The West Londoners did take the lead in the 36th minute, after George Williams cut inside from the left flank and sent a low strike beyond Vose.
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Harper brought parity to the score-line in the 56th minute, after Fulham keeper Marek Rodak pushed Tom Dallison’s effort into the path of the Scotsman, who slotted the ball into an empty net.
Tilley twice came close to restoring Albion’s lead, but Rodak dealt with both of the efforts with two fine saves.
Jeffrey Monakana was brought on to add fresh impetus to Albion’s attack and after weaving through the Fulham defence, he saw his shot saved by Rodak.
The Cottagers looked like they had stolen all three points with four minutes of normal time remaining, after substitute Mattias Kait slotted home from Lucas De La Torre’s cross.
But Harper deservedly claimed a share of the spoils for Albion after he fired home from close range to give Simon Rusk’s side a point.
ALBION: Vose; Hunt, Barclay, Dallison, Barnett; Hutchinson, Collar (Monakana 60), Molumby; Akindayini (Maguire-Drew 80), Harper, Tilley.
SUBS NOT USED: Doherty (GK), Deen, Harris.