Alex Gorrin

Gorrin stunner secures point

by Stuart Vose

Midfielder nets 35-yard screamer at Fulham.

Fulham U21 2 Sunderland U21 2

Sunderland's under-21s rounded off their season with a hard-fought draw against Fulham at Craven Cottage.

A late wonder-goal from Alex Gorrin secured a point for the visitors, with Ryan Noble also on target.

High-flying Fulham went into the game in excellent form and took the lead on 18 minutes when Tom Beadling turned Sean Kavanagh's cross into his own net.

The Cottagers had an excellent chance to extend their lead when Omri Altman was tripped in the box just three minutes later, but Jordan Pickford made an excellent save to keep out Altman's spot-kick.

Noble and Billy Knott were both denied one-on-one by Fulham keeper Jesse Joronen, but the former did eventually break through with a well-taken equaliser just after the hour.

Noble latched onto a dangerous cross into the box and kept his composure to curl the ball around the stranded Joronen and into the net.

But Fulham snatched back the initiative and re-established their lead in the final 15 minutes – Chris David scoring from the penalty spot after Pickford was penalised for a foul on Ryan Williams.

Sunderland mounted a late push and only a superb save from Joronen denied Mikael Mandron before the Fulham keeper also kept out a shot from Noble at the near post.

But the visitors weren't to be denied and claimed a share of the spoils when Gorrin popped up with a stunning last-gasp equaliser, firing home from fully 35 yards.