Friday 20 September 2019, 7:00pm at Craven Cottage, London
Fulham FC
Fulham
5
De La Torre 5', 85'; Taylor-Crossdale 14', 18', 45'
Reading
Reading
4
Osho (pen) 33'; Liddle 48'; Coleman 62'; Olise 76'

5' Goal

Luca De La Torre
Assist by Cody Drameh

14' Goal

Martell Taylor-Crossdale
Assist by Tayo Edun

18' Goal

Martell Taylor-Crossdale
Assist by Sonny Hilton

45' Goal

Martell Taylor-Crossdale

85' Goal

Luca De La Torre
Assist by Ben Davis

70' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Ryan De Havilland
Off:Sonny Hilton

79' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Nicolas Santos-Clase
Off:Jayden Harris

33' Penalty

Gabriel Osho
Assist by Teddy Howe

48' Goal

Adam Liddle
Assist by Thierry Nevers

62' Goal

Ethan Coleman
Assist by Thierry Nevers

76' Goal

Michael Olise
Assist by Werick Caetano

57' Yellow Card

Werick Caetano Card was given for a foul

46' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Adam Liddle
Off:Ben House

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The Under-23s shaded a nine-goal thriller at Craven Cottage thanks to Martell Taylor-Crossdale’s hat-trick and Luca de la Torre’s brace.

Taylor-Crossdale Inspired Treble Edges Thriller

Friday 20 September 2019 21:16

Main Action:

The Under-23s shaded a nine-goal thriller at Craven Cottage thanks to Martell Taylor-Crossdale’s hat-trick and Luca de la Torre’s brace. 

The boys went in with a three-goal cushion at the interval which sparked a gutsy comeback by the visitors, only for de la Torre to win it with five minutes remaining.

Fulham flew out of the traps and hit Reading on a swift break. De la Torre found space in the middle to tap home Cody Drameh’s inch-perfect cross. The Royals looked to instantly respond as the ball was worked to Thierry Nevers whose shot was charged down by Tayo Edun.

Fulham continued to sneak into dangerous areas, and some neat work around the box resulted in Edun poking a pass into Taylor-Crossdale who swivelled to find the bottom corner. The frontman was lurking again as Reading were chasing shadows. Sonny Hilton spun his man to pull back for Taylor-Crossdale to fire home his second.

The boys continued to dismantle the visitors as Drameh got in behind again. His cross needed diverting behind to prevent a treble for Taylor-Crossdale. Matt O’Riley, who had been pulling strings from deep, ventured forward to curl one over Jokull Andresson’s goal.

Reading were offered a lifeline from the onslaught as Teddy Howe went down softly under Moritz Jenz’s challenge which allowed Gabriel Osho to score from 12-yards. Hilton had the chance to kill the game after persistent work from de la Torre to fashion a chance. Somehow, he fired wide from six-yards.

The deserved treble was completed on the stroke of half time. Taylor-Crossdale faced up his man and worked it onto his right foot to curl into the corner. 

The second half saw Reading instantly narrow the gap as a floated cross hit Nevers and landed at substitute Adam Liddle who volley home with a hint of offside. A spate of corners put Reading within one. Ethan Coleman attacked an inviting corner to nod home.

George Wickens prevented the visitors from levelling with a trademark sprawl to prevent Josh Barrett sliding under him. Michael Olise advanced at the Fulham goal to level the game emphatically curling one into the top corner.

Barrett almost won the game in style with a dipping volley from over his shoulder that pinged the bar to safety. De la Torre presented us with the lead again five minutes from time. Davis’ ball across the box was received on the corner of the box and the American did the rest.

What That Means:

The Under-23s move within three points with tonight’s opponents, who occupy the final play-off spot and move into seventh. 

Notable Talking Points:

  • Martell Taylor-Crossdale opened his Fulham PL2 account in style with a clinical treble.
  • Luca de la Torre marked his second start with a classy brace.
  • Fulham move into seventh with a win in a bizarre game.

Match Information

Competition: PL2, Division 2

Date: Friday 20 September 2019
Kick-off: 7:00pm

Venue: Craven Cottage, London

Fulham

Line-up: Wickens; Drameh, Asare, Jenz, Edun; O'Riley, Davis; Harris (Santos-Clase 79'), Hilton (De Havilland 70'), De La Torre; Taylor-Crossdale

Unused substitutes: Ashby-Hammond, Tricker, Abraham

Reading

Line-up: Andresson; Howe, Gunter, Osho, Medford-Smith; Nevers, Coleman, Caetano, Barrett; Olise; House (Liddle 46')

Unused substitutes: Beeden, Boyce-Clark, Elva-Fountaine

Fulham (4-2-3-1)
  • 1George Wickens
  • 2Cody Drameh
  • 5Zico Asare
  • 6Moritz Jenz
  • 3Tayo Edun
  • 8Matt O'Riley
  • 4Ben Davis
  • 7Jayden Harris
  • 10Sonny Hilton
  • 11Luca De La Torre
  • 9Martell Taylor-Crossdale
Substitutes
  • 12Luca Ashby-Hammond
  • 14Ryan De Havilland
  • 15Ben Tricker
  • 16Timmy Abraham
  • 17Nicolas Santos-Clase
Reading (4-4-1-1)
  • 1Jokull Andresson
  • 2Teddy Howe
  • 5Chris Gunter
  • 6Gabriel Osho
  • 3Ramarni Medford-Smith
  • 7Thierry Nevers
  • 4Ethan Coleman
  • 8Werick Caetano
  • 11Josh Barrett
  • 10Michael Olise
  • 9Ben House
Substitutes
  • 12Lexus Beeden
  • 13Coniah Boyce-Clark
  • 14Marcel Elva-Fountaine
  • 15Adam Liddle
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