Volksbank Cup Runners Up

Wednesday 16 May 2018 09:24

Fulham’s Under-19s finished runners up in the Volksbank Cup on Saturday evening. Fulham lost the final in Stemwede 1-0 to Red Bull Brazil.

Fulham had finished top of their group, beating local side Mühlenkreis, Red Bull Brazil, Hamburg, and drawing to Glasgow Rangers across both Thursday and Friday.

Saturday was the knock out stages, Fulham were pitted against German outfit Werder Bremen in the semi-final, who finished runners up of Group B to Tottenham Hotspur.

It was a tense match with little chances at either end in the first half and the teams went into the break goalless.

Jayden Harris broke the deadlock for the Young Whites after the restart, he lobbed the keeper to make it 1-0 in Fulham's favour.

With five minutes remaining Jon Dagur Thorsteinsson knocked the second into the bottom corner to secure the Young Whites' place in the final of the three day tournament.

Fulham would face Red Bull Brazil one more time, they had beaten the South Americans in the group stage 1-0 in an edgy fixture.

The Brazilians went close in the first half, hitting the woodwork after a strong save from Julian Schwarzer. However, Red Bull got their noses in front, chipping Schwarzer to take the advantage. 

Fulham battled for the rest of the game, but were not able to break down the Brazilians. With the final whistle, the Young Whites finished runners up in their second trip to Stemwede.

Fulham went to Germany with a young squad this year.  “We lost the final to RB Brazil who have now won the tournament three times in a row,” commented Academy Director Huw Jennings. 

“Red Bull Brazil, like the rest of the teams, were at the top end of the age range. 

“For us this was an opportunity to give much needed tournament experience to a range of our players.

“The qualification age was players born in 1999, we had a number of players who were born in 2001, so it demonstrates that we can be extremely competitive in all contexts and that the squad performed really well.

“It is an outstanding tournament, it is very well organised and the people are fantastic. It is a classic German tournament set in a rural location where all the clubs come to one centre to enjoy a football festival. 

“It is supported by the local community excellently, and it is a really novel experience that you don’t get in this country.

“It’s great for players to experience, like Rob Atkinson, who wont have ever been involved in anything like that. He played every minute of every game, and players like him will get invaluable experience from playing in this tournament.”

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