Friday 7 February 2020, 7:00pm at St Albans City FC, Hertfordshire
Watford
1
Cassidy 49'
Fulham FC
Fulham
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49' Goal

Ryan Cassidy

65' Yellow Card

Kaylen Hinds Card was given for arguing during match

87' Yellow Card

Jayden Bennetts Card was given for a foul

75' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Jayden Bennetts
Off:Joseph Hungbo

75' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Emmanuel Adebiyi
Off:Kane Crichlow

89' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Jamal Balogun
Off:Kaylen Hinds

65' Yellow Card

Jaydn Mundle-Smith Card was given for arguing during match

66' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Terry Ablade
Off:Ben Davis

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The Under-23s gave themselves an uphill battle to qualify in the PL Cup after a narrow defeat to Watford on Friday night.

Group B Plot Thickens With Hornets Win

Friday 7 February 2020 20:57

Main Action:

The Under-23s gave themselves an uphill battle to qualify in the PL Cup after a narrow defeat to Watford on Friday night. 

Ryan Cassidy’s tap-in four minutes into the second half moved the Young Whites out of the qualifying places, replaced by tonight’s opponents.

The first opening presented itself to The Hornets. Sam Dalby wriggled through and poked a ball in that was instinctively nodded away by Marlon Fossey. A precise cross from Henry Wise found Ryan Cassidy who found the net from an offside position.

The starting XI featured a midfield of central players and the intricate movements started to sync. Ben Davis picked up a beautiful threaded pass and saw his final shot blocked from ten-yards.

A rare lapse from Tyrese Francois cleared the way for Dalby. Taye Ashby-Hammond used his frame to divert the strike destined for the corner. At the other end, Martell Taylor-Crossdale pounced on a routine pass from Zico Asare. A bobble in the pitch ballooned his strike up and over.

The only joy the hosts were enjoying was down the right. Another good cross found Cassidy who met another low save from Ashby-Hammond.

The start to the second half was the worst possible outcome for Mark Pembridge and Colin Omogbehin. A ball flashed across the six-yard box that Jaydn Mundle-Smith could only divert into the path of Cassidy to tap home. Ashby-Hammond was at it again to deny the onrushing Kaylen Hinds from doubling the lead.

Suddenly it was panic stations from a Fulham point of view. Asare was needed to throw himself in front of the ball to keep the lads in touching distance.

The lads huffed and puffed into the final ten-minutes without creating many clear-cut openings as The Hornets hung on to secure a Cup double over Fulham.

What That Means: 

Watford move above Fulham in Group B into second on seven points. The Under-23s must win in Plymouth to stand any chance of qualifying.

Notable Talking Points:

  • Tyrese Francois and Moritz Jenz started for the first time since their long-term injuries.
  • Luca de la Torre played ten after being involved in the first team set-up.
  • The Under-23s have now failed to score in four of the last five games.

Match Information

Competition: Premier League Cup

Date: Friday 7 February 2020
Kick-off: 7:00pm

Venue: St Albans City FC, Hertfordshire

Watford

Line-up: Parkes; Barrett, Perkins, Spencer-Adams, Green; Hungbo (Bennetts 75'), Wise, Hinds (Balogun 89'), Crichlow (Adebiyi 75'); Dalby; Cassidy

Unused substitutes: Roberts, McKiernan

Fulham

Line-up: Ashby-Hammond; Fossey, Asare, Jenz, Mundle-Smith; Harris, Francois; De Havilland, De La Torre, Davis (Ablade 66'); Taylor-Crossdale

Unused substitutes: Ribera Palacios, Pajaziti, Bowat

Watford (4-4-1-1)
  • 1Adam Parkes
  • 2Mason Barrett
  • 5Teddy Perkins
  • 6Bayli Spencer-Adams
  • 3Cameron Green
  • 7Joseph Hungbo
  • 4Henry Wise
  • 8Kaylen Hinds
  • 11Kane Crichlow
  • 10Sam Dalby
  • 9Ryan Cassidy
Substitutes
  • 12Jamal Balogun
  • 13Myles Roberts
  • 14JJ McKiernan
  • 15Emmanuel Adebiyi
  • 16Jayden Bennetts
Fulham (4-2-3-1)
  • 1Taye Ashby-Hammond
  • 2Marlon Fossey
  • 5Zico Asare
  • 6Moritz Jenz
  • 3Jaydn Mundle-Smith
  • 8Jayden Harris
  • 4Tyrese Francois
  • 7Ryan De Havilland
  • 10Luca De La Torre
  • 11Ben Davis
  • 9Martell Taylor-Crossdale
Substitutes
  • 12Salva Ribera Palacios
  • 14Terry Ablade
  • 15Adrion Pajaziti
  • 16Ibane Bowat
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