Cauley Woodrow scored the only goal of the game to hand Kit Symons’ side all three points on Thursday evening.
The Whites took the lead after just 12 minutes, with the talented striker (pictured) latching on to Sean Kavanagh’s lofted pass and finishing confidently.
Fulham had chances to further their lead with both Ryan Williams and Mesca creating opportunities from out wide, and Danish youth international Lasse Vigen Christensen pulling the strings from the middle of the park.
Omri Altman and Woodrow both went close, while Ronny Minkwitz tried his luck from distance with visiting Connor Ripley the busier of the two goalkeepers.
Altman also tested the Boro goal in the second half as Fulham looked to add a second. However, as the half wore on, the visitors began to push Symons’ side back with Josh Passley and Jack Grimmer making two key interceptions.
The Whites held firm, and as a result, leapfrogged Middlesbrough to move up to third in Group One of the Barclays Under-21 Premier League table.
“It wasn’t our best performance,” said Symons to fulhamfc.com. “To be honest it was a bit of a scrappy encounter. We got an early goal and probably should have added to that following a few good opportunities in the first half.
“We didn’t pass the ball as well as we should in the second half, and at times Boro put us under pressure. We’ll go away and work on a few things, but at the end of the day, a win is a win.
“But these boys have enjoyed a good run of form of late, and have set very high standards. Nine of the starting 11 were part of the Under-19 squad that won the Dallas Cup, so it’s a young group – and one that is learning and developing every day.
“Games like this are all part of that process, and hopefully we’ll address a few of my concerns and be ready for the next match. I have to say, though, that it was very pleasing to keep a clean sheet and the boys at the back were very resilient tonight.
“Cauley took his goal well too, and it came from a move that we had been working on in training so that was good to see.”
Fulham U21s: Bettinelli; Passley, Grimmer, Arthurworrey, Kavanagh; R Williams (David 60), Minkwitz (Banya 72), Vigen Christensen, Mesca; Altman, Woodrow (Islamovic 45)