Fulham U21s 5-2 Crystal Palace U21s

Friday 4 January 2013 16:30

Fulham and Crystal Palace Under-21s played out a goal-fest in a friendly match at Motspur Park on Friday afternoon.

The Whites dominated the game and ran out 5-2 winners, with goals from Lasse Vigen Christensen (2), Tom Donegan, Ryan Williams and Richard Peniket doing the damage.

After storming into a 3-0 half-time lead, Kit Symons’ boys extended their advantage with a fourth in the second period, only for the Eagles to find a way back into the match with two strikes of their own.

Peniket sewed things up, though, with a cool finish to ensure a morale-boosting victory for the Whites.

Palace had the first sight on goal after two minutes when Hiram Boateng blazed a free-kick over after Reise Allassani had been felled by Alex Smith 25 yards from goal.

The Whites took the lead four minutes later, however, after clinically punishing some sloppy play by the visitors. After Fulham had half-cleared a corner, a Palace defender tried to play the ball back to his keeper but massively undercut his pass. Donegan advanced and, with options in the middle, found Vigen Christensen who made no mistake with the keeper exposed.

Omri Altman came close to doubling the lead on 12 minutes when he cut in from the left - beating two defenders in the process - before dragging his shot narrowly wide.

With a quarter of an hour gone, Sulaiman Kai Kai went on a marauding run before shooting from range but his speculative effort was never troubling Jesse Joronen.

Vigen Christensen grabbed his second of the afternoon on 18 minutes following another clinical move by Fulham. Donegan was again the architect as he slid the Dane in to poke the ball under the body of the goalkeeper.

And Donegan went from provider to scorer four minutes later when he smashed in a fine goal from 25 yards. The midfielder had the angles against him as well as the distance but that didn't deter him as he rifled a low effort into the far corner.

It should have been four on the half-hour mark when Sean Kavanagh sent over a sublime cross from the left which Corey Gameiro glanced wide.

A powerful run by Kadell Daniel moments later caused the Whites’ backline some concern as he beat two players only to drill his shot wide.

Palace nearly pulled one back on the stroke of half-time when Ibra Sekajja got in behind but dragged his shot wide as he began to lose his balance, before visiting captain Michael Chambers fired a tame volley from 20 yards that Joronen claimed comfortably.

Dino Islamovic, Peniket and Ronny Minkwitz were all introduced at half-time, with Gameiro, Donegan and Kavanagh making way. In a formation re-jig, Vigen Christensen went to right-back, with Alex Brister taking Kavanagh’s spot on the left.

Sekajja drew a solid save from Joronen five minutes into the second half as the Finnish keeper smothered his powerful drive well.

Williams then made it 4-0 10 minutes into the second half. Vigen Christensen did superbly well to win a sliding tackle on the halfway line before seeing off his marker - despite being persistently fouled - to find the Australian down the right. The winger cut in and fired towards the far post with the outside of his right foot and Ross Fitzsimons could only palm the ball over the line and into the back of the net.

A fierce strike from the edge of the area by Islamovic brought a good save from Fitzsimons as he got a firm hand behind the shot to put it behind for a corner.

Symons made another change with 20 minutes remaining as Jordan Evans replaced Alex Brister at left-back.

A magnificent effort by Altman on 72 nearly added a fifth. The Israel Under-21 international cut in onto his favoured right foot and unleashed a dynamite shot from 25 yards that the keeper did well to parry.

Palace pulled one back a minute later when Kai Kai did well to hold the ball up before squaring to Sekajja who confidently bent a shot in at the far post.

A decent run by the lively Allassani on 77 nearly crept in after taking a deflection but drifted just wide for a corner. Unfortunately for the Whites, though, a Palace forward was there to poke home following a scramble in the box from the subsequent set-piece.

Confusion in the Palace penalty area on 84 minutes allowed Peniket to restore the three-goal lead. Two defenders and the keeper all left a chipped through ball for each other, allowing Vigen Christensen to cross for the striker to smash home Fulham's fifth.

Fulham's goal lived a charmed life moments later when, first, Joronen parried a shot away for a corner, before we needed a clearance off the line and the woodwork to prevent the visitors grabbing a third.

Fulham: 1. Joronen, 2. Brister (17. Evans, 70 mins), 3. Kavanagh (15. Minkwitz, 45 mins), 4. Smith (c), 5. Passley, 6. Pritchard, 7. Williams, 8. Vigen Christensen, 9. Gameiro (14. Peniket, 45 mins), 10. Donegan (16. Islamovic, 45 mins), 11. Altman

Crystal Palace: 1. Fitzsimons, 2. Blake, 3. Parsons, 4. Boateng, 5. Wynter, 6. Chambers, 7. Fenwick, 8. Daniel, 9. Sekajja, 10. Allassani, 11. Kai Kai