Fulham’s Under-18s were beaten 3-0 by Aston Villa at Motspur Park on Saturday.
The Whites failed to really get going against an athletic Midlands side who set the tone for the game with a crunching tackle in the first minute.
The first goal was always going to be crucial and it was Villa who scored it on the half-hour mark when Solomon Sambou was adjudged to have fouled an opposition player as a corner came in. The subsequent spot-kick was planted past Ryan Boot, on loan from Port Vale.
Steve Wigley’s half-time team-talk went straight out of the window when Villa made it 2-0 on 46 minutes. Latching onto a loose ball and counter-attacking in numbers, the initial shot was saved by Boot but a Villa player tucked home the rebound.
Play was held up for around 20 minutes on the hour mark when Noe Baba suffered a serious neck injury after landing awkwardly following a tackle by a Villa player. He was stretchered off and taken to hospital.
When play resumed, Villa made sure of the points with 15 minutes left. The Whites failed to clear their lines and the ball was eventually slotted past Boot to cap a disappointing afternoon for Wigley’s troops.
Fulham: Boot, Baba (Humphries 60), Burgess, Donnelly, Evans, Smile (Sheckleford 46), Sambou, Hyndman, O’Halloran, Williams, Leacock-McLeod (Elworthy 70).