Fulham Under-18s maintained their unbeaten start to the season with a 4-3 victory over Manchester City at Motspur Park on Saturday afternoon.
Moussa Dembele grabbed a brace, with Patrick Roberts and George Williams also on target, while Marek Rodak also saved a penalty towards the end.
After Charlie Oliver was denied by Rodak early on, it was the Whites who took the lead when Dembele slotted home after connecting with Dean O’Halloran’s cross from a wide position.
Rodak was in action again shortly after when he kept out a City free-kick, before Dembele doubled the lead from the penalty spot following a foul in the box on Williams.
With the second half under way, Roberts got in on the action when he finished into the far corner following good work by Dembele, although the visitors pulled one back through Jorge Intima.
The in-form Williams soon restored the three-goal advantage, though, with a fine solo effort, but when Cameron Burgess turned into his own net it ensured a nervy finale for the Whites.
It could have been even more tense when substitute Noe Baba gave away a penalty with three minutes remaining, but the excellent Rodak managed to tip the subsequent spot-kick around the post.
Thierry Ambrose did grab a third goal for the Blues in stoppage time, but it proved to be nothing more than a consolation as Steve Wigley’s charges held on to secure all three points.
Fulham team: 1. Rodak, 2. Sheckleford, 3. Evans, 4. Donnelly, 5. Burgess, 6. Sambou, 7. O’Halloran, 8. Hyndman, 9. Dembele, 10. Roberts, 11. Williams
Subs: 13. Norman, 14. Smile, 15. Baba, 16. Nabay, 17. Leacock-McLeod
Manchester City team: 1. Gunn, 2. Maffeo, 3. Oseni, 4. Oliver, 5. Angelino, 6. Horsfield, 7. Intima, 8. Boadu, 9. Lima, 10. Bryan, 11. Barker
Subs: 12. Assiana, 14. O’Brien, 15. Smith-Brown, 16. McHale, 17. Ambrose