Battlling Huddersfield  Town fell foul of French junior international Moussa Dembele as their FA Youth Cup run finally ended with a 2-1 quarter-final defeat by Fulham at Craven Cottage.

Dembele struck in each half but Town, featuring in the last eight for the first time since 1975, responded through Flo Bojaj, before substitute Rekeil Pyke hit the bar in stoppage time.

But the London side, riding high in the FA Premier Academy League Southern section, held out to seal a two-legged semi-final against Reading (the other’s between Arsenal and Chelsea).

Town keeper Sam Guthrie had to smother at the feet of Dembele early on, but his side started well, and Jake Charles went close.

Danish midfielder Philip Billing hit a well-struck 25-yard effort, Ben Atkinson was just wide and Bojaj put a drive just over before Dembele headed in on 17.

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Town continued to press, while the Fulham wall stood firm against a Charles free-kick early in the second half.

Dembele doubled Fulham’s advantage with a 64th-minute volley, but Town produced a spirited response to pull a goal back.

Bojaj was the scorer, rounding the keeper to slot home after being teed up by Atkinson in the 66th minute.

Fulham were pressing to put the game beyond Town’s reach, and Guthrie had to be alert to save from Williams.

Town: Guthrie, Carroll (Pyke, 86mins), W Boyle, Wilkinson, Kane, Booty, Billing, Atkinson (J Boyle, 78mins), Goddard (Holmes, 54mins), Charles, Bojaj. Subs not used: Pells, Dorrington.

AFC Emley Under 19s’ are off tomorrow.

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