Monday 17 December 2012, 2:00pm at Ewen Fields, Manchester
Manchester City
Manchester City U21s
Evans 48'
Fulham FC
Fulham U21s
Ryan Williams 17'

48' Goal

George Evans

45' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Devante Cole
Off:Albert Rusnák

75' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Jose Pozo
Off:Denis Suárez

80' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Filippo Mancini
Off:Marcos Lopes

17' Goal

Ryan Williams

67' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Marcus Bettinelli
Off:Neil Etheridge

67' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Joshua Passley
Off:Alex Brister

75' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Cauley Woodrow
Off:Ryan Williams

Kit Symons' Under-21 side drew 1-1 with Manchester City at Platt Lane on Monday afternoon.

Fulham Under-21s brought the curtain down on the first part of their 2012/13 league campaign with a 1-1 draw at Manchester City on Monday afternoon.

Ryan Williams had opened the scoring for the Whites in the first period, only for England youth international George Evans to equalise for the home side with a long-range strike.

Manager Kit Symons was pleased with his side’s efforts in the game, but felt they should have perhaps been out of sight before the Blues equalised.

“We scored a good goal in the first half through Ryan,” Kit told “It was good build-up play; a pull-back from Charles Banya and Ryan was there on the edge of the box to slot home with a calm finish.

“I thought we were by far the better team in the first half and should have gone in two or three up really. We didn’t make our dominance count so I stressed that point to the boys at half-time.

“Manchester City made a change at half-time and went 4-4-2 and equalised through a freak goal. Neil [Etheridge] came out to clear one, he shanked it and it went to the City boy who took a touch and put it in from just inside our half.

“Then, to be fair, it became very end to end with both teams having good chances and the second half was pretty even I’d say. The game became quite stretched and open with both sides counter-attacking and getting bodies forward and it could have gone either way I suppose. Overall, it was a decent performance from us but when you’re on top in games – like we were first half – you need to make it count.”

The result means the Under-21s finished fifth in their group and, while there have been plenty of positives to take from the campaign so far, Kit knows his side are capable of better.

“We’ve shown progression throughout the season with a young side,” he explained. “So, overall, it’s been okay. There’s plenty of room for improvement, though, and that’s what we’ll be expecting after Christmas.”

Fulham Team: 1. Etheridge, 2. Brister, 3. Briggs, 4. Tavares, 5. Musa, 6. Pritchard, 7. Williams, 8. Vigen Christensen, 9. Altman, 10. Frei, 11. Banya

Subs: 12. Bettinelli, 14. Donegan, 15. Islamovic, 16. Passley, 17. Woodrow

Match Information

Competition: Barclays U21 Premier League

Date: Monday 17 December 2012
Kick-off: 2:00pm

Venue: Ewen Fields, Manchester

Manchester City U21s

Line-up: Johansen; Davey, Rekik, Plummer, Leigh; Marcos Lopes (Mancini 80'), Evans, Ntcham, Rusnák (Cole 45'); Suárez (Pozo 75'); Scapuzzi

Fulham U21s

Line-up: Etheridge (Bettinelli 67'); Brister (Passley 67'), Pritchard, Musa, Briggs; Tavares, Christensen; Ryan Williams (Woodrow 75'), Frei, Banya; Altman

Manchester City U21s (4-4-1-1)
  • 1Eirik Johansen
  • 2Adam Davey
  • 6Karim Rekik
  • 5Ellis Plummer
  • 3Greg Leigh
  • 11Marcos Lopes
  • 4George Evans
  • 8Jules Olivier Ntcham
  • 7Albert Rusnák
  • 10Denis Suárez
  • 9Luca Scapuzzi
  • 14Filippo Mancini
  • 15Devante Cole
  • 16Jose Pozo
Fulham U21s (4-2-3-1)
  • 1Neil Etheridge
  • 2Alex Brister
  • 6Josh Pritchard
  • 5James Musa
  • 3Matthew Briggs
  • 4Mickaël Tavares
  • 8Lasse Vigen Christensen
  • 7Ryan Williams
  • 10Kerim Frei
  • 11Charles Banya
  • 9Omri Altman
  • 12Marcus Bettinelli
  • 16Joshua Passley
  • 17Cauley Woodrow