Friday 18 January 2019, 3:00pm at Motspur Park, Surrey
Fulham FC
Adebayo 71'
Birmingham City
Bajrami 17'; Bellingham 36'

71' Goal

Elijah Adebayo
Assist by Tyrese Francois

82' Yellow Card

Moritz Jenz Card was given for a foul

70' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Cameron Thompson
Off:Nicolas Santos-Clase

90' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Jayden Harris
Off:Elijah Adebayo

17' Goal

Geraldo Bajrami
Assist by Ryan Stirk

36' Goal

Jude Bellingham

81' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Cameron McGlip
Off:Kyle Hurst

Fulham Under-23s fell to defeat at the hands of Birmingham in the PL Cup as two first half goals were enough to sink the Young Whites.

Birmingham Hold On For Win

Friday 18 January 2019 17:28

Fulham Under-23s fell to defeat at the hands of Birmingham in the PL Cup as two first half goals were enough to sink the Young Whites.

A powerful free kick from Geraldo Bajrami, and Jude Bellingham’s brilliant strike raced the visitors into a half time lead as Elijah Adebayo’s strike proved to be a consolation. The result now puts our qualification into the last 16 in the balance.

Birmingham started brightly, with a direct, physical route. Corey O’Keeffe’s teasing cross was an awkward one for Aron Davies. The captain managed to loop the ball up with his head into the arms of George Wickens.

Ryan Burke was then quick to close down Harvey Elliott and send in a deflected drive which Wickens read well.

Cody Drameh was playing at left back, and his width was always an outlet for the cross-field pass. He drew a couple of fouls to set up dangerous areas for Matt O’Riley’s set plays. The full back was at it again in a similar fashion. This time he got in behind but a lucky bounce from his cross ended in the gloves of Jake Weaver.

The opening goal was one of brute force. Bajrami slammed a free kick into the corner from inches outside the penalty area. Elliott was involved sparingly, but showed some evidence of class five minutes later. His first touch brought him inside and he bent one inches away from the far corner.

Wickens was busy again to make a save from Kyle Hurst. The big stopper closed the angle well to make a good save with his legs.

Drameh was creating more issues on the left as his volley from just inside the box grazed the side netting. However, the hosts doubled their lead ten minutes before the interval. Jude Bellingham curled a stunner into the top corner from the edge of the area.

Adebayo had been quiet for most parts but sprung into life two minutes before the break. The striker forced an excellent stop from Weaver, then glanced the resulting corner inches wide.

The start of the second period saw more huffing and puffing from Fulham. The Blues were happy to play on the counter with Bellingham looking a threat from the number ten role. Elliott took the trademark Jerome Opoku diagonal down well and made his way to the by-line. However, Weaver did enough to push the danger behind.

Caolan Boyd-Munce threatened to kill the game as his powerful first-time effort cleared the top of the bar. Adebayo found himself on the score sheet 20 minutes from time. O’Riley’s diagonal was plucked out of the sky by Tyrese Francois who laid it back for the striker to smash in off the bar and post.

Birmingham weren’t done trying to kill the game as Hurst pushed his way through to force Wickens into another smart stop.

O’Riley received the ball after some tenacious work from Adebayo and aimed to replicate Bellingham’s goal. The midfielder could only curl agonisingly wide.

The closing stages were comfortable for the Blues as PL Cup qualification from our group hangs in the balance.

Match Information

Competition: Premier League Cup

Date: Friday 18 January 2019
Kick-off: 3:00pm

Venue: Motspur Park, Surrey


Line-up: Wickens; Jenz, Davies, Opoku, Drameh; Francois, Käit; Elliott, O'Riley, Santos-Clase (Thompson 70'); Adebayo (Harris 90')

Unused substitutes: Stahl, Kelly, Andrason

Birmingham City

Line-up: Weaver; O'Keeffe, Bajrami, Redmond, Burke; Bellingham, Boyd-Munce, Stirk; McCoy, Andrews, Hurst (McGlip 81')

Unused substitutes: Baker, Jeacock, McClean, Forrest

Fulham (4-2-3-1)
  • 1George Wickens
  • 2Moritz Jenz
  • 5Aron Davies
  • 6Jerome Opoku
  • 3Cody Drameh
  • 10Tyrese Francois
  • 4Mattias Käit
  • 7Harvey Elliott
  • 8Matt O'Riley
  • 11Nicolas Santos-Clase
  • 9Elijah Adebayo
  • 12Toni Stahl
  • 14Jayden Harris
  • 15Cameron Thompson
  • 16Chris Kelly
  • 17Atli Andrason
Birmingham City (4-3-3)
  • 1Jake Weaver
  • 2Corey O'Keeffe
  • 5Geraldo Bajrami
  • 6Joe Redmond
  • 3Ryan Burke
  • 10Jude Bellingham
  • 4Caolan Boyd-Munce
  • 8Ryan Stirk
  • 7Olly McCoy
  • 9Josh Andrews
  • 11Kyle Hurst
  • 12George Baker
  • 13Zach Jeacock
  • 14Cameron McGlip
  • 15Ben McClean
  • 16Ben Forrest