Monday 22 October 2012, 7:00pm at Beckenham Training Ground, Kent
Crystal Palace
Crystal Palace U21s
1
Appiah 22'
Fulham FC
Fulham U21s
0

22' Goal

Kwesi Appiah
Assist by Jason Banton

34' Missed Penalty

Ibra Sekajja

71' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Michael Chambers
Off:Daniel Gabbidon

76' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Sullay Kaikai
Off:Bayan Fenwick

71' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Ryan Williams
Off:Pajtim Kasami

80' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Dino Islamovic
Off:Marcello Trotta

80' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Lasse Vigen Christensen
Off:Alex Smith

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Fulham’s Under-21s slipped to a disappointing 1-0 defeat against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Monday evening.

Fulham’s Under-21s slipped to a disappointing 1-0 defeat against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Monday evening.

With both teams starting brightly, either could well have been in front inside 10 minutes with Matthew Briggs moving Ross Fitzsimons into a decent low save early on, while moments later Jason Banton fired the hosts’ first real chance narrowly wide.

Ibra Sekajja then struck the crossbar for the Eagles with a stinging strike from the edge of the box, before James Musa headed wide when well placed at the other end.

It was an opportunity Kit Symons’ side were left to rue, when on 23 minutes, Banton teed up Appiah who finished coolly past David Stockdale.

Palace should have doubled their lead on 35 minutes after Bayan Fenwick was felled in the box. Sekajja stepped up, but fortunately Stockdale read the strike well in making a brilliant one-handed save.  

Kerim Frei went close to an equaliser in the second-half, but again Fitzsimons proved a worthy match making a fine stop to deny the midfielder.

Frei tested the Palace defence again following a lovely 50 yard run from deep, but dragged his effort wide with the goal in sight. Pajtim Kasami also saw a good chance come and go, firing straight at the Palace stopper.

Stockdale made two fine saves at the opposite end to deny the impressive Banton as Palace responded with renewed vigour.  Despite creating a number of chances Fulham’s breakthrough strike proved elusive, and as a result, Palace held on for the win.

“It was a disappointing night, this was a very poor display,” said Symons to fulhamfc.com. “We are much better than that, and despite being a relatively experienced side we just didn’t perform.

“Had it not been for Stockdale we could have lost by a few more. We were better in the second-half, and perhaps on another night we could have taken something – but that probably would have been unfair on Palace because I thought they played well.

“The boys were very frustrated as you would expect, but we have to go away now and work on putting things right. They know it wasn’t good enough and they have to make up for that in the next game – which sees us travel to Wolverhampton Wanderers next Monday.” 

Fulham U21: Stockdale; Brister, Grimmer, Musa, Briggs; Tavares, Smith (Christensen 75), Frei; Kasami (Williams 65), Banya, Trotta (Islamovic 75). Subs not used: Joronen, Kavanagh.

Match Information

Competition: Barclays U21 Premier League

Date: Monday 22 October 2012
Kick-off: 7:00pm

Venue: Beckenham Training Ground, Kent

Crystal Palace U21s

Line-up: Fitzsimons; Akaruka, Gabbidon (Chambers 71'), Taylor, Wynter; Fenwick (Kaikai 76'), Daniel, Boateng, Banton; Sekajja, Appiah

Fulham U21s

Line-up: Stockdale; Brister, Grimmer, Musa, Briggs; Smith (Christensen 80'), Tavares; Kasami (Ryan Williams 71'), Frei, Banya; Trotta (Islamovic 80')

Crystal Palace U21s (4-4-2)
  • 1Ross Fitzsimons
  • 2Aaron Akaruka
  • 5Daniel Gabbidon
  • 4Quade Taylor
  • 3Alex Wynter
  • 7Bayan Fenwick
  • 6Kadell Daniel
  • 8Hiram Boateng
  • 11Jason Banton
  • 9Ibra Sekajja
  • 10Kwesi Appiah
Substitutes
  • 12Michael Chambers
  • 15Sullay Kaikai
Fulham U21s (4-2-3-1)
  • 13David Stockdale
  • 2Alex Brister
  • 6Jack Grimmer
  • 5James Musa
  • 3Matthew Briggs
  • 10Alex Smith
  • 4Mickaël Tavares
  • 8Pajtim Kasami
  • 7Kerim Frei
  • 11Charles Banya
  • 9Marcello Trotta
Substitutes
  • 14Lasse Vigen Christensen
  • 15Ryan Williams
  • 16Dino Islamovic