Tuesday 4 September 2018, 7:45pm at The Kassam Stadium, Oxford
Oxford United
Smith 31'; Holmes 61'; Spasov 86'
Fulham FC

31' Goal

Sam Smith

61' Goal

Ricky Holmes

86' Goal

Slavi Spasov

63' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Slavi Spasov
Off:Ricky Holmes

49' Red Card

Tony Stahl Card was given for a handball

Fulham Under-21s' first game of their 2018/19 Checkatrade trophy campaign ended in a 3-0 defeat by Oxford United at the Kassam Stadium.

Fulham Under-21s' first game of their 2018/19 Checkatrade trophy campaign ended in a 3-0 defeat by Oxford United at the Kassam Stadium. 

Aside from a gentle breeze the conditions were good for the match by the time the referee got the game underway. 

The Young Whites started on the back foot, as Ricky Holmes rattled the crossbar with a stunning effort from 20 yards out, with only a few minutes on the clock. United’s early effort was a sign of things to come, as the visitors struggled to settle. 

The Us enjoyed a huge majority of possession during the opening half an hour, constantly peppering Toni Stahl’s goal, and eventually got the breakthrough in the 31st minute through Sam Smith, who latched onto a deflected shot and guided one past the Fulham keeper.

The Young Whites emerged for the second-half with a more positive mind-set, but suffered a huge setback when Stahl received a straight red for handling outside the area.

The boys in yellow made the most of their man advantage, spraying the ball around the park and proved a constant threat. 

In the 57th minute, Ricky Holmes doubled the home side's lead, after Smith drove through the middle and set the winger through on goal with a perfect lay-off.

The game was wrapped up from the penalty spot in the 85th minute - a cool spot kick from Slavi Spasov that arrowed straight into the bottom right corner. 

Mark Pembridge’s side will look for a much improved performance when they’re next in Checkatrade action, away at Wycombe Wanderers on Tuesday 18th September. 


Match Information

Competition: Checkatrade Trophy

Date: Tuesday 4 September 2018
Kick-off: 7:45pm

Venue: The Kassam Stadium, Oxford

Oxford United

Line-up: Mitchell; McMahon, Nelson, Dickie, Garbutt; Ruffels, Brannagan; Holmes (Spasov 63'), Lopes, Henry; Smith

Unused substitutes: Shearer, Raglan, Long, Mackie, Obika

Manager: Karl Robinson


Line-up: Stahl; Drameh, Opoku, Jenz, Atkinson; Davies, O'Riley; Harris, Francois, Thompson; Abraham

Unused substitutes: Mundle-Smith, Garrido, Kelly, Hilton, Wickens

Oxford United (4-2-3-1)
  • 35Jonathan Mitchell
  • 29Tony McMahon
  • 5Curtis Nelson
  • 4Robert Dickie
  • 3Luke Garbutt
  • 14Josh Ruffels
  • 8Cameron Brannagan
  • 26Ricky Holmes
  • 43Fabio Lopes
  • 17James Henry
  • 9Sam Smith
  • 13Scott Shearer
  • 12Slavi Spasov
  • 22Charlie Raglan
  • 23Sam Long
  • 19Jamie Mackie
  • 20Jonathan Obika
  • Karl Robinson
Fulham (4-2-3-1)
  • 39Tony Stahl
  • 54Cody Drameh
  • 34Jerome Opoku
  • 35Moritz Jenz
  • 58Rob Atkinson
  • 57Aron Davies
  • 33Matt O'Riley
  • 42Jayden Harris
  • 38Tyrese Francois
  • 40Cameron Thompson
  • 51Timmy Abraham
  • 41Jayden Mundle-Smith
  • 45Jose Garrido
  • 46Chris Kelly
  • 48Sonny Hilton
  • 53George Wickens