Fulham’s Under-18s suffered a rare defeat on Saturday as they were beaten 1-0 at home to Newcastle United.
Dean O’Halloran caused Newcastle problems early on but it was the visitors who took the lead in the 20th minute.
A ball down the left was pulled back and a Newcastle player hit a well-struck shot that nestled into the back of the net.
In the second half, George Williams forced a good save from the keeper, before Liam Donnelly hit the post with about 15 minutes left. But Fulham couldn’t find a way past a stubborn Newcastle rearguard as the Whites slipped to the loss.
Under-18s Manager Steve Wigley said: “I have to say we didn’t really create many opportunities. We worked hard but when Liam hit the post late on that probably summed the day up. We tried hard but lacked a bit of quality in the final third.
“It’s always disappointing when you lose, but once Newcastle got in front they had something to hang onto. We just didn’t have the quality to break them down. We should have stopped the goal by preventing the cross coming in.”
Fulham: Norman, Sheckleford (Elworthy 75), Donnelly, Burgess, Baba, Nabay (Smile 70), Sambou, Roberts, Evans, Williams, O’Halloran.