There was no sign of jetlag on Saturday as George Williams’ hat-trick and a late Moussa Dembele strike saw Fulham Under-18s defeat table topping Southampton 4-2 on the south coast.
In their first match since returning from Dallas, it was the Whites who took the lead following a fairly even opening 15 minutes when Williams finished after being found by Muamer Tankovic, before the Welshman doubled the advantage following good work by Patrick Roberts.
The Saints pulled a goal back but Fulham’s two-goal lead was soon restored as Williams completed his treble. Dembele made sure of the victory late on – Emerson Hyndman with the assist – and another strike from Southampton gave the home side little consolation.
Fulham: Rodak; Baba (Della Verde 65), O’Reilly, Burgess, Evans; Roberts (O’Halloran 70), Sambou, Hyndman, Williams (Richards 80); Tankovic; Dembele