Monday 10 April 2017, 1:00pm at Whitley Park, Newcastle
Newcastle United
Newcastle United
3
Heardman 33', 41'; Fernandez 39'
Fulham FC
Fulham
1
Smile 11'

33' Goal

Tom Heardman
Assist by Victor Fernandez

39' Goal

Victor Fernandez

41' Goal

Tom Heardman
Assist by Dan Ward

63' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Jamie Holmes
Off:Luke Charman

74' Substitution

Player was substituted due to an injury
On:Adam Wilson
Off:Jamie Holmes

74' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Michael Newberry
Off:Callum Williams

11' Goal

Joshua Smile

60' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Jayden Harris
Off:Matt O'Riley

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Josh Smile was on target but Fulham were beaten by Newcastle United in the PL2 on Monday afternoon.

Fulham were beaten 3-1 at Whitley Park in their PL2 match against Newcastle United On Monday afternoon. It was an action packed first half which featured all four goals, and the second half both teams found it more difficult to get forward.

The opening goal came from Josh Smile, and Newcastle replied through Tom Heardman, then Victor Fernandez, before Heardman scored again for his brace.

The Whites came into this game two points above the Magpies, crucially with a game in hand. Three points for Peter Grant’s side would have secured a Play-Off spot with two games to spare, but with that defeat, Newcastle leapfrog them in the table.

Fulham had only lost one game in their last eight league outings, finishing the second half of the season strongly. Newcastle had had different fortunes, winning only once in their last six PL2 matches.

Newcastle kicked off and went on the front foot from the start, with Heardman running into the channel and shooting wildly wide in the first 30 seconds.

The Whites responded by keeping possession, concentrating their attacks down the left. Tayo Edun squeezed a ball through his defender’s legs to Luca de la Torre. The American got his shot away but Matz Sels, in between the sticks for the Magpies, pushed it wide.

Newcastle sent an early warning to Fulham from a corner, hitting a ball to Heardman in the box, he got a free header but sent it well over the bar.

11 minutes in a Newcastle defender delivered a loose pass and Smile pounced on it, hammering it at goal 25 yards out. He beat Sels to give the Whites an early breakthrough goal.

The visitors looked confident after the breakthrough, Smile sent a long ball out wide that Edun chased down and hit a cross with his first touch towards Elijah Adebayo. Sels was first to meet it and punched it to Jon Dagur Thorsteinsson, who tried to bend it inside the right post but went wide.

It took until the 27th minute for the next good chance, Thorsteinsson stole the ball in midfield, drove at goal and curled another effort, this time dipping to the left. The keeper read it well and got low and took the ball in his gloves.

Newcastle found their way back into the game in the 33rd minute. The Whites had been in control up to this point, but a ball was looped in over the defender and their big number nine Heardman nodded it in to level the match.

Newcastle struck again a matter of minutes later. A clearance from their goalie bounced at the feet of the Fulham defenders, and Newcastle winger Fernandez took advantage of some miscommunication and created himself a one-on-one. He slotted it past Magnus Norman to double Newcastle’s lead.

Fulham couldn’t get settled, and moments after the game resumed Newcastle won possession wide on the left, whipped a ball into the box and Heardman was there to poke the ball home for his second to give Newcastle a cushion in the game.

De la Torre almost reduced the deficit just before the half-time whistle, smashing a ball on target, but Sels made a fantastic diving save.

The second half kicked off and neither team could get as much time on the ball. Adebayo had the first chance, sprinting down the right but hitting wide of the right post.

Marlon Fossey mounted several attacks down the right, attempting to get supply into the box.  He crossed one low but it was intercepted, while his next flew high and no red shirt could get near enough to it.

Thorsteinsson was next with an attack from the left, crossing the ball across the goal line but it wasn’t read and the score remained at 3-1.

De la Torre looked for a long range effort during the game, and from the edge of the box he sent a storming shot on target, matched once more by the diving Newcastle keeper. The ball ended up with Edun again at the edge of the box and his shot was closed down.

Newcastle sat deep and soaked up the pressure for the second half, especially for the last quarter of an hour.

The Magpies won a free-kick right of the box with 10 minutes to go, and swung a ball into the back post. Their attacker managed to get a shot away and Norman got there, making a crucial block to keep the deficit at two goals.

Fulham almost got a goal in the last six minutes of time, as a free-kick from Smile was punched out by Sels. The ball landed at Fossey’s feet who smashed the ball into the box, and with a nasty deflection was almost carried into the net, but the keeper got low and pushed it wide.

In the dying minutes Newcastle mounted a counter attack and got a shot away, with Sheckleford making an important block for a corner. Norman came out and claimed the ball, distributing it long for George Williams to chase. He couldn’t get to it and the referee blew to signal the end of the match.

Newcastle move above Fulham with that win, but the Whites still have a game in hand, meaning it’s all still to play for in the last two PL2 games of the season.

Photo courtesy of Serena Taylor/NUFC photographer.

Match Information

Competition: PL2, Division 2

Date: Monday 10 April 2017
Kick-off: 1:00pm

Venue: Whitley Park, Newcastle

Newcastle United

Line-up: Sels; Williams (Newberry 74'), Bailey, Findlay, Gibson; Barlaser, Hunter; Ward, Charman (Holmes 63' (Wilson 74')), Fernandez; Heardman

Unused substitutes: Huuhtanen, Ben Elmhanni

Fulham

Line-up: Norman; Fossey, Sheckleford, Jenz, Edun; O'Riley (Harris 60'), Smile; de la Torre, Williams, Thorsteinsson; Adebayo

Unused substitutes: Ashby-Hammond, Sessegnon, Elstone

Newcastle United (4-2-3-1)
  • 1Matz Sels
  • 2Callum Williams
  • 5Owen Bailey
  • 6Stuart Findlay
  • 3Liam Gibson
  • 8Dan Barlaser
  • 4Jack Hunter
  • 7Dan Ward
  • 10Luke Charman
  • 11Victor Fernandez
  • 9Tom Heardman
Substitutes
  • 12Michael Newberry
  • 13Otto Huuhtanen
  • 14Adam Wilson
  • 15Yasin Ben Elmhanni
  • 16Jamie Holmes
Fulham (4-2-3-1)
  • 1Magnus Norman
  • 2Marlon Fossey
  • 5Ryheem Sheckleford
  • 6Moritz Jenz
  • 3Tayo Edun
  • 8Matt O'Riley
  • 4Joshua Smile
  • 7Luca de la Torre
  • 10George Williams
  • 11Jon Dagur Thorsteinsson
  • 9Elijah Adebayo
Substitutes
  • 12Taye Ashby-Hammond
  • 14Steven Sessegnon
  • 15Jayden Harris
  • 16Michael Elstone