Jak Alnwick

By Dan King - Newcastle United Digital Editor

Fulham Under-21s 2 (Dembele 2)
Newcastle United Under-21s 2 (Campbell, Vuckic)

Haris Vuckic's late equaliser earned Newcastle a share of the Barclays Under-21 Premier League spoils at Craven Cottage on Friday night.

The Slovenian swept home after 80 minutes to extend United's unbeaten run at this level to four matches on a largely positive evening for Willie Donachie and Peter Beardsley's side.

Adam Campbell grabbed his second goal in two matches while Massadio Haidara made his comeback from injury and teenage defenders James Morgan and Lewis Aird made their second-string debuts.

French teenager Moussa Dembele, who has been in prolific form for the Cottagers at under-18 level, had given the home side a 21st minute lead with a powerful strike before Campbell notched two minutes into the second half with a neat finish.

But Dembele scored again in the 71st minute for Kit Symons' side only for Vuckic to strike with ten minutes left.

Gael Bigirimana saw a third minute effort hit the bar before forcing Neil Etheridge into a save, but Fulham were already beginning to get on top when they took the lead.

Campbell's goal was followed by good pressure from the visitors as Vuckic and Adam Armstrong both came close but Dembele swung the pendulum back in favour of the West London outfit.

Lyle Della Verde struck the woodwork as Fulham pushed for a third but Vuckic was on target soon afterwards from substitute Callum Roberts' pass.

Then in the 84th minute, Lasse Vigen Christensen's close-range shot was superbly saved by Jak Alnwick, who also denied Dembele three minutes later.

Fulham Under-21s: Neil Etheridge, Josh Passley, Stephen Arthurworrey, Mananga Jonathan Buatu, Tom Richards, Buomesca Tue Na Bangna, Lasse Vigen Christensen, Chris David, Ange-Freddy Plumain (Lyle Della Verde 56), Muamer Tankovic (Ronny Minkwitz 76), Moussa Dembele

Subs not used: Jesse Joronen, Daniel O'Reilly, Dino Islamovic

Newcastle United Under-21s: Jak Alnwick, James Morgan, Remie Streete, Macaulay Gillesphey, Massadio Haidara (Lewis Aird 61), Gael Bigirimana, Olivier Kemen (Jonathyn Quinn 61), Rolando Aarons, Haris Vuckic, Adam Campbell, Adam Armstrong (Callum Roberts 71)

Sub not used: Brendan Pearson

Photograph courtesy of Martin Goldthorpe and Fulham FC