Saturday 6 October 2018, 12:00pm at Solihull Moors FC, Birmingham
Birmingham City
Anderson 66'
Fulham FC
De La Torre 16'; Elliott 21'

66' Goal

Tom Anderson

74' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Francis Amartey
Off:Kyle Hurst

16' Goal

Luca De La Torre

21' Goal

Harvey Elliott

56' Yellow Card

Tyrese Francois Card was given for a foul

82' Yellow Card

Harvey Elliott Card shown to player for time wasting

69' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Jerome Opoku
Off:Jaydn Mundle-Smith

Fulham Under-23s got their Premier League Cup campaign off to the perfect start with goals from Luca De La Torre and Harvey Elliott.

Elliott's Volley Seals Win

Saturday 6 October 2018 14:39

Fulham Under-23s opened their Premier League Cup campaign with a 2-1 victory over Birmingham City.

Two quick fire goals from Luca De La Torre and Harvey Elliott were enough to see the Young Whites over the line, despite Tom Anderson’s reply.

The drizzly conditions saw the game start as always, Fulham had lots of the ball. Birmingham sat in deep and hit the Whites on the break. The Blues nearly succeeded when Kyle Hurst struck over the bar from a sharp counter attack.

Fulham took the lead with their first meaningful attack. Luca De La Torre received a ball on the edge of the box, he placed his shot superbly into the corner.

Four minutes later the Whites punished Birmingham on the break. Harvey Elliott met a crisp volley from the edge of the box which sailed into the corner. The third nearly followed when Jayden Harris saw his shot saved by the legs of Siviter.

Taye Ashby-Hammond was called into action a couple of times as Birmingham chased the game looking for a response. The stopper met the challenge of McCoy’s drive.

Matt O’Riley flashed a free kick across the face of goal, which Harris skimmed wide of the post, as Fulham looked to kill the game off.

The Blues weren’t done in their efforts to get back into the contest, Dan Scarr’s header was acrobatically cleared off the line by O’Riley. Cameron Thomspon seized on a loose touch form the defender as he looked to pounce from six yards, but Siviter sprawled well to save.

That proved to be the last action of the half as the Young Whites held a comfortable advantage into the break.

The second half started as the first ended with the Whites in total control. Birmingham tried to claw their way back, but set pieces seemed their only outlet back into the game. The referee waved away numerous penalty shouts from the Blues.

Birmingham did find their way back into the game when Tom Anderson struck a speculative shot which nestled into Ashby-Hammond’s corner. Fulham nearly hit back moments later to restore their advantage when Harris broke clear to force the goalkeeper into a smart stop. Thompson’s rebound was brilliantly blocked on the line.

The game grew more open in the closing stages. Thompson nearly killed the game when Elliott bounced a pass off his chest to the striker, he could only ripple the side netting from a tight angle.

The Whites had an overload going into stoppage time as Elliott was played through on goal, but there was one pass too many and Birmingham scrambled the ball clear.

Match Information

Competition: Premier League Cup

Date: Saturday 6 October 2018
Kick-off: 12:00pm

Venue: Solihull Moors FC, Birmingham

Birmingham City

Line-up: Siviter; Martin, Bajrami, Scarr, Burke; McCoy, McGlip, Augustin; Anderson, McFarlane, Hurst (Amartey 74')

Unused substitutes: Redmond, Boyd-Munce, Stirk, Forrest


Line-up: Ashby-Hammond; Drameh, Davies, Atkinson, Mundle-Smith (Opoku 69'); O'Riley, Harris; Elliott, Francois, De La Torre; Thompson

Unused substitutes: Stahl, Jenz, Kelly, Santos-Clase

Birmingham City (4-3-3)
  • 1Adam Siviter
  • 2Josh Martin
  • 6Geraldo Bajrami
  • 5Dan Scarr
  • 3Ryan Burke
  • 7Olly McCoy
  • 4Cam McGlip
  • 8Kemy Augustin
  • 10Tom Anderson
  • 9Kyle McFarlane
  • 11Kyle Hurst
  • 12Joe Redmond
  • 14Caolan Boyd-Munce
  • 15Ryan Stirk
  • 16Ben Forrest
  • 17Francis Amartey
Fulham (4-2-3-1)
  • 1Taye Ashby-Hammond
  • 2Cody Drameh
  • 5Aron Davies
  • 6Rob Atkinson
  • 3Jaydn Mundle-Smith
  • 8Matt O'Riley
  • 4Jayden Harris
  • 7Harvey Elliott
  • 10Tyrese Francois
  • 11Luca De La Torre
  • 9Cameron Thompson
  • 12Toni Stahl
  • 14Moritz Jenz
  • 15Jerome Opoku
  • 16Chris Kelly
  • 17Nicolas Santos-Clase