Monday 13 February 2017, 7:00pm at Motspur Park, Surrey
Fulham FC
Williams 3', 28'
AFC Wimbledon

3' Goal

George Williams
Assist by Ryheem Sheckleford

28' Goal

George Williams
Assist by Ryheem Sheckleford

48' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Matthew O'Riley
Off:Joshua Smile

58' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Jaydn Mundle-Smith
Off:Adetayo Edun

22' Yellow Card

Tom Scott Card was given for a foul

84' Yellow Card

Johnville Renee-Pringle Card was given for a foul

75' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Sean Bird
Off:Will Nightingale

75' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Jayden Harris
Off:Toyosi Olusanya

Fulham beat AFC Wimbledon 2-0 to extend their grip at the top of their PL Cup group, a brace from George Williams sealed the three points.

Fulham beat AFC Wimbledon in the Premier League Cup on Monday night to extend their lead at the top of their group table. Two first half goals from George Williams and a spectacular second half performance from goalkeeper Jesse Jeronen was enough to seal the victory. The Whites stay two points above Charlton, who they face next in the cup.

Fulham came into this game with bags of confidence having not lost in their last seven outings. Last week the Whites played Middlesbrough, whom they had beaten for the fourth time this season in a 1-0 win.

Wimbledon, who play in the Central league are bottom of the cup group. They lost their last match in the League Cup 2-1 away to Southend United and were looking for a result to kick-start their cup campaign.

The match kicked off and Fulham were in full control form the start. Ryheem Sheckleford darted down the right wing and found himself in space. Not being closed down, Sheckleford knocked a teasing ball across the box and George Williams dived in at the back post to poke the ball home within the third minute to give the Whites the opener to make it 1-0.

Minutes later once again Sheckleford was in space to the right of the box, this time however his cross was blocked and sent out for a corner. This became a recurring theme in the first half, with Sheckleford and Williams linking up well on the right up the pitch.

Wimbledon ventured into Fulham’s territory 10 minutes into the match, but Aron Davies was there to marshal the winger out of play. The Dons grew into the game, and moments later almost forced an error from Fulham, as a rare miscommunication between Joronen and Davies led to Jayden Antwi-Nyame firing just past the right post.

28 minutes into the match and Wimbledon had several attacks in quick succession. The Whites countered well and Sheckleford slipped a ball through to Williams, who cut in on his left and curled a shot across goal. Josef Bursik, between the sticks for the Dons, managed to get a glove to the ball, but it had enough power behind it to brush past his hand and into the goal to double Fulham’s lead and Williams’ tally.

This certainly was a game of two halves as Wimbledon came out with renewed vigour. Antwi-Nyame found himself in a good position and fired inside the box on the right and forced a save from Jeronen, Davies was on hand to clear.

The Dons had three more chances in quick succession but could not capitalise. Their best chance came in the 55th minute, Egil Kaja slipped past two defenders in the box with some trickery and shot at close range. Jeronen managed to take the sting out of the shot and Edun cleared with a header off the line.

Wimbledon piled on the pressure, with Neset Bellikli running at goal. Bellikli had a few long range shots, one sailed over the bar. Bellikli followed with a similar attack but Joshua Smile read it well and slid in to intercept the danger.

In the 70th minute Adebayo raced up the right of the pitch and pulled back a perfectly weighted ball to Williams. Bursik closed down well and blocked the shot with his chest. Williams looked to get a second bite of the cherry but a Dons defender managed to get back onto the line and threw himself at the second shot, somehow preventing a hat-trick for the Welshman.

The attack relieved pressure from the Whites defence as Adebayo enjoyed his best spell of the game. From close to the halfway line, a ball was slipped through to Adebayo and he galloped up the pitch for a one on one with Bursik, who dived low and early to block the shot.

Joronen had more work to do in the final ten minutes of the game, rushing out to prevent a through ball. A corner was swung in and William-Bowers struck from the 6 yard box but Joronen blocked, the rebound landed once more at a Dons foot and Joronen saved again to make sure he kept his clean sheet.

In the final minutes of the game, Williams had one more chance clean through on goal, he tried to drag it past the keeper but Bursik had a good second half and got a palm to the ball.

The full time whistle blew and Fulham left the pitch with a hard earned three points and a clean sheet to extend their grip at the top of the table.

Next week Fulham switch their focus back to the PL2 in an away game against West Ham at the London Stadium.

Match Information

Competition: Premier League Cup

Date: Monday 13 February 2017
Kick-off: 7:00pm

Venue: Motspur Park, Surrey
Attendance: 190


Line-up: Joronen; Sheckleford, Daves, Jenz, Edun (Mundle-Smith 58'); Adeniran, Smile (O'Riley 48'); Kait, Williams, Thorsteinsson; Adebayo

Unused substitutes: Ashby-Hammond, Elstone

AFC Wimbledon

Line-up: Bursik; Renee-Pringle, Kalambayi, Nightingale (Bird 75'), Scott; Chapman, Gallagher; Kaja, Olusanya (Harris 75'), Bellikli; Antwi-Nyame

Unused substitutes: Wood, Walker, Williams-Bowers, Akoto

Fulham (4-2-3-1)
  • 1Jesse Joronen
  • 2Ryheem Sheckleford
  • 5Aron Daves
  • 6Moritz Jenz
  • 3Adetayo Edun
  • 8Dennis Adeniran
  • 4Joshua Smile
  • 7Mattias Kait
  • 10George Williams
  • 11Jon Dagur Thorsteinsson
  • 9Elijah Adebayo
  • 12Taye Ashby-Hammond
  • 14Jaydn Mundle-Smith
  • 15Jayden Harris
  • 16Matthew O'Riley
  • 17Michael Elstone
AFC Wimbledon (4-2-3-1)
  • 1Josef Bursik
  • 2Johnville Renee-Pringle
  • 5Paul Kalambayi
  • 6Will Nightingale
  • 3Tom Scott
  • 8Judah Chapman
  • 4Dan Gallagher
  • 7Egli Kaja
  • 10Toyosi Olusanya
  • 11Neset Bellikli
  • 9Jayden Antwi-Nyame
  • 12Nathan Wood
  • 14Antonio Walker
  • 15Reece Williams-Bowers
  • 16Sean Bird
  • 17Nick Akoto