A late Jordan Evans goal saw Fulham’s Under-18s come from behind to win 2-1 at Reading on Saturday.
Considering it was their first 11-a-side game of 2014, Fulham understandably struggled to get into their rhythm early on. But the Barclays U18s Premier League leaders eventually found their feet and went close to taking the lead when Pat Roberts shot over after good work from George Williams.
Evans then had a long-range effort tipped over the crossbar as Fulham took the game to their hosts, while Williams saw a couple of chances go begging.
But against the run of play, the Royals went in front three minutes before the break with their first real attack of the game. A shot was parried by Marek Rodák and a Royals player was first to loose ball to tap in the rebound.
Fulham continued to press after the break and drew level on 65 minutes when a great cross from Noe Baba was met by Dean O’Halloran who got in between the two Reading centre-backs to power home a header.
With the game heading for a draw, the Whites snatched the win in the 88th minute when Evans’ 20-yard strike clipped the heel of his own teammate Elijah Adebayo and flew into the back of the net.
Fulham: Rodák, Baba, Donnelly, Adebayo, Evans, Sambou (Sheckleford 80), Hyndman (Redford 70), Leacock-McLeod (Smile 55), Williams, Roberts, O’Halloran.