Fulham’s Under-19s have made it through to the Semi-Final of the prestigious Dr Pepper Dallas Cup following Wednesday’s 5-0 defeat of Eintracht Frankfurt.
In order to progress from Group B as winners, the Whites needed just a point, having already seen off last year’s champions Coritiba of Brazil 3-1 and LA Galaxy 2-1.
A goal from Cauley Woodrow, after just five minutes, set Steve Wigley’s side on the way to an impressive victory, with the talented striker heading in from Ryan Williams’ deflected cross.
Fulham should have had a second not long after, with Woodrow linking with Muamer Tankovic and freeing Williams. However, the Australian winger couldn’t convert with the goal at his mercy.
As Fulham searched for a second, Tankovic and Charles Banya both tried their luck, while at the other end, Marek Rodak made a brave save to keep Eintracht out.
The Whites did double their lead on the half-hour mark, though, with captain Jack Grimmer smashing in from 15 yards as the German side failed to clear a corner.
The second half opened in similar fashion, and, with Fulham taking the initiative once more, Wigley’s charges were rewarded with a third when Williams picked the pocket of his full-back before squaring unselfishly for Woodrow to tap home.
Wigley made a number of changes on the hour, but that didn’t slow the Whites’ rhythm, as Ryan Williams claimed another assist in setting up substitute George Williams as Fulham made it 4-0 on 68 minutes.
Ten minutes later, George Williams showed his composure once more, running on to the end of Emerson Hyndman’s sublime 35-yard pass and finishing smartly.
Fulham remained in control until the end, as Wigley’s side further underlined their Dallas Cup credentials. Since Sunday’s opener, the Whites have shown that they are one of the teams to beat, turning heads following three impressive displays.
Our opponents for Friday’s Semi-Final are still to be decided, however, our boys will again line-up in the famous 92,000-capacity Cotton Bowl Stadium where they kicked-off proceedings last Sunday.
Fulham U19s: Rodak; Passley (Richards 60), Arthurworrey (Burgess 60), Grimmer (Hyndman 60), Kavanagh; Sambou (Minkwitz 60), Vigen Christensen, Tankovic; R Williams, Woodrow (G Williams 60), Banya.