The Under-19s recorded their best ever finish in the Sparkasse & VGH Cup over the course of the last week, finishing as runners-up.
The Young Whites lost to a strong Mainz team in the final with forward Terry Ablade also scooping the Player of the Tournament accolade for his fine scoring form and tireless recovery runs.
Fulham started in the VR Bank Group with hopes of surpassing last year’s finish of the quarter final stage. The opening games on Thursday ended in convincing wins over local sides Rhume-Oder and SVG Einbeck.
With two more comprehensive wins against local sides on Friday in the shape of JSG Weper and Weser-Schwülme, the bigger German clubs would come into play. The final games of the group stages played on Saturday saw two score draws against Borussia Monchengladbach and Hannover, meaning the lads finished second in the group behind the latter.
The ‘second round group’ commenced on the final day with the top three sides from each group being split. Steve Wigley’s side were dealt a tough hand with last year’s winners Fortuna Dusseldorf and eventual winners Mainz. A phenomenal effort saw two wins by the one-goal margin to progress into the quarter finals – Mainz qualified second.
The quarter final put another German side with pedigree in the firing line - Frankfurt - and the lads brushed them aside to set up a semi-final tie with Werder Bremen. Five goals were put past the Bundesliga side which facilitated a repeat of the intermediate group tie in the final. In the all-important tie, Mainz were the victors by three goals to one – capping an outstanding campaign by the Under-19s team.
Ablade was in scintillating form, netting nine goals to earn him the Player of the Tournament.