Fulham players won both the Under-21 and Under-18 Goal of the Season awards at the Premier League conference last week.
Alex Brister’s brilliantly executed volley in the 1-0 victory over Middlesbrough secured the U21 trophy, while Solomon Sambou’s effort to finish off a slick team move against Tottenham Hotspur earned the accolade at U18 level.
In the lead up to the conference, each team submitted their nominations for their best goals scored at both age groups. A Premier League panel then whittled the selection down to the best six, with managers of each team voting for their favourite.
Brister’s winner against Boro back in August was a strike worthy of winning a football match at any level. Muamer Tanković drilled a diagonal ball out wide which Brister attacked first time, despite the acuteness of the angle, and his volleyed effort with the outside of his right boot flew beyond the goalkeeper and into the net via the far post.
Sambou’s strike was top class for different reasons. Following a Spurs corner, Fulham countered to devastating effect, with Sambou himself starting the move by bringing the ball calmly out of defence and releasing Jordan Evans down the left.
He found Moussa Dembélé who, first time, sent the ball down the left flank to Patrick Roberts who had made space for himself. Dembélé then embarked on an intelligent forward run and, after Roberts’ pass found him with precision, he backheeled to set up Sambou who coolly passed the ball into the far corner from just inside the area.
That goal opened the scoring, with the Whites eventually leaving Spurs Lodge with a point – Dembélé the other man on target in a 2-2 draw.
Awards were also given at the conference for Save of the Season, for which Jesse Joronen was one of six nominated for a stop he made against Southampton U21s in a 3-0 defeat in March.
Have a watch of Brister and Sambou’s efforts below.