Monday 3 December 2018, 7:00pm at Woking FC, Surrey
Popa 59'; Lawless 61'
Fulham FC
Santos-Clase 84'

59' Goal

Adrian Popa

61' Goal

Conor Lawless
Assist by Tyler Frost

70' Yellow Card

Tyler Frost Card was given for a foul

30' Substitution

Player was substituted due to an injury
On:Coniah Boyce-Clark
Off:Liam Driscoll

46' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Jazz Wallace
Off:Omar Richards

47' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Conor Lawless
Off:Ben House

84' Goal

Nicolas Santos-Clase
Assist by Jaydn Mundle-Smith

30' Yellow Card

Tyrese Francois Card was given for a foul

58' Yellow Card

Jayden Harris Card was given for a foul

74' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Fabio Carvalho
Off:Chris Kelly

Fulham Under-23s were denied twice by the woodwork as Reading Under-23s scraped home and topped Group G in the PL Cup on Monday night.

Reading Top Group

Monday 3 December 2018 21:01

Fulham Under-23s were denied twice by the woodwork as Reading Under-23s scraped home and topped Group G in the PL Cup on Monday night.

Adrian Popa’s deflected free kick gave the hosts the lead before Conor Lawless doubled the lead two minutes later. Nicolas Santos-Clase’s poke home wasn’t enough to spark a comeback.

The opening 15 minutes started with both teams assessing each other and struggling to settle into a real rhythm of passing. Chris Kelly burst down the left and sent in a cross which grazed the top of Nicolas Santos-Clase’s head, the best opening of the first exchanges.

Luca De La Torre mustered the first shot of the game as he opened a pocket of space and fired straight at Liam Driscoll in the Reading goal. Tyrese Francois picked up a yellow card for halting Tyler Frost’s run down the centre of Fulham’s midfield.

Santos-Clase was presented with a half chance as Matt O’Riley found him on the corner of the box but his strike lacked conviction. The chance was gobbled up by sub goalkeeper Coniah Boyce-Clark.

The young stopper was immediately called into action as De La Torre slid a pass inside the full back for Steven Sessegnon to test the substitute’s reflexes.

O’Riley then curled high and wide over the top as Fulham enjoyed the best spells of the game throughout the first half.

Aron Davies rose highest to connect with O’Riley’s corner but his downward header lacked any real power.

Reading’s first opening came just before the interval. Frost found the ball at pace inside the box which missed the bottom corner by a whisker.

Jordan Holsgrove registered the first attempt after the break as Taye Ashby-Hammond saw the ball fly past his right-hand post.

De La Torre was proving a threat to the Royals’ back line as he picked up another pocket of space and fired inches wide of the post. The game opened up a bit more and Frost tried his luck again, which whistled wide, with Ashby-Hammond worried.

The deadlock was broken in fortuitous circumstances as Popa’s free kick took a wicked deflection off the wall end nestled in the corner. The lead was doubled moments later when Frost found another rebound and squared it for Conor Lawless who had a simple task.

De La Torre was getting closer to his goal as he rattled the post from a pull-back which summed up the fine margins of the tie. Rob Atkinson was then alert at the other end to deny Frost baring down at goal.

The Young Whites could sense it wasn’t to be when Sessegnon’s cross was met by Jayden Harris – the same post rescued Reading again.

The goal that eluded Fulham came five minutes from time. Jaydn Mundle-Smith’s pull back was poked home by Santos-Clase to half the deficit.

Francois thought he had levelled the game late-on and had Boyce-Clark scrambling across his goal. The goalkeeper injuring himself in the process.

The game ended with severe pressure being applied by the Young Whites but to no avail as Reading top Group G for now.


Match Information

Competition: Premier League Cup

Date: Monday 3 December 2018
Kick-off: 7:00pm

Venue: Woking FC, Surrey


Line-up: Driscoll (Boyce-Clark 30'); Balogun, Odimayo, Burley, Richards (Wallace 46'); Holsgrove, East, Frost; Popa, House (Lawless 47'), Medford-Smith

Unused substitutes: Omolabi, Green


Line-up: Ashby-Hammond; Sessegnon, Davies, Atkinson, Mundle-Smith; Francois, Harris; Kelly (Carvalho 74'), O'Riley, De La Torre; Santos-Clase

Unused substitutes: Stahl, Jenz, Davis, McAvoy

Reading (4-3-3)
  • 1Liam Driscoll
  • 2Jamal Balogun
  • 5Akinwale Odimayo
  • 6Andre Burley
  • 3Omar Richards
  • 8Jordan Holsgrove
  • 4Ryan East
  • 10Tyler Frost
  • 7Adrian Popa
  • 17Ben House
  • 11Ramarni Medford-Smith
  • 12Conor Lawless
  • 13Coniah Boyce-Clark
  • 14Moroyin Omolabi
  • 15Jazz Wallace
  • 16Cameron Green
Fulham (4-2-3-1)
  • 1Taye Ashby-Hammond
  • 2Steven Sessegnon
  • 5Aron Davies
  • 6Rob Atkinson
  • 3Jaydn Mundle-Smith
  • 10Tyrese Francois
  • 4Jayden Harris
  • 7Chris Kelly
  • 8Matt O'Riley
  • 11Luca De La Torre
  • 9Nicolas Santos-Clase
  • 12Toni Stahl
  • 14Moritz Jenz
  • 15Fabio Carvalho
  • 16Ben Davis
  • 17Connor McAvoy