Fulham’s Under-18s continued their fine form with a 4-1 defeat of Bolton Wanderers at Motspur Park on Saturday.
Steve Wigley’s side started brightly, with Patrick Roberts (pictured) and Jordan Evans showing their creativity and endeavour from the off.
However, the Whites struggled to turn their possession into goals as a number of chances came and went with George Williams and Moussa Dembele going close.
And it was Dembele that finally made the breakthrough on 30 minutes, the young Frenchman crashing home an audacious 30-yard volley.
Fulham finished the half on top, as Emerson Hyndman’s inviting pass almost picked out Williams for a second.
The second half opened as the first finished, with Fulham impressing with the ball once more. As a result, they soon had a second. Roberts cut in from the right and slid a delightful pass into the path of Evans, who made little mistake with a confident strike on the run.
Roberts then went from creator to taker moments later, meeting a fine cross from Tom Richards with a wonderful volleyed finish. Bolton responded with a positive spell of their own, pushing Fulham back and claiming what proved to be little more than a consolation with the ball looping over Marek Rodak.
As the game drew to a close, it was the Whites who had the final say when Evans and Dembele combined to create space in the Bolton box. Lyle Della Verde collected the loose ball and, having hit the post with his initial strike, turned in the rebound with a deflected effort.
The win strengthened the Under-18s’ position at the top of the Barclays Under-18 Premier League Elite Group, with our young charges still on course for a third straight domestic title.
Fulham U18s: Rodak (Oberschmidt); Baba (O’Reilly), Donnelly, Burgess, Richards; Hyndman, Sambou, G Williams (Della Verde); Roberts, Dembele, Evans. (Sub not used): Sheckleford