Monday 19 November 2012, 2:00pm at Rockliffe Park, Middlesbrough
Middlesbrough U21s
Halliday (pen) 29'; Williams 60'
Fulham FC
Fulham U21s

29' Penalty

Andrew Halliday

60' Goal

Luke Williams
Assist by Adam Reach

72' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Jake Fowler
Off:Cameron Park

83' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Lewis Sirrell
Off:Adam Reach

87' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Paul Weldon
Off:Ryan Brobbel

65' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Muamer Tankovic
Off:Dino Islamovic

75' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Lyle Della Verde
Off:Charles Banya

Fulham Under-21s slipped to defeat at Middlesbrough in the Barclays Under-21 Premier League.

Fulham Under-21s were unable to build on the victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers in their previous outing, as they slipped to a 2-0 defeat at Middlesbrough on Monday.

Despite the testing conditions, both sides made a bright start to proceedings, with Cauley Woodrow creating the first of the afternoon’s chances with a clever piece of skill. However, the young striker’s low strike was easily held by Jayson Leutwiler.

At the other end, Adam Reach and Luke Williams both saw opportunities come and go, with David Stockdale making an impressive save to deny the latter.

Woodrow then drew another save from the Boro ‘keeper, before seeing his next effort cleared off the line by a defender as Fulham threatened to open the scoring.

But it would be the home side that broke the deadlock, when Williams made the most of some defensive hesitancy and, after stealing the ball, was subsequently tripped in the box. Andy Halliday stepped up and finished confidently from the penalty spot.

Early in the second half, Boro went close to doubling their advantage when Ryan Brobbel fired wide. In response, Kit Symons’ side pushed forward and almost levelled only to see Josh Pritchard’s stinging strike from distance rattle the woodwork.

Stockdale pulled off another brilliant stop moments later, denying Cameron Park’s powerful shot as the hosts looked for a second.

Unfortunately for Fulham, that goal came within minutes when Williams headed beyond the reach of Stockdale following some intelligent play from Reach and Andre Bennett.

Symons told “I actually thought this was an evenly matched game, and had we made more of our early chances then perhaps we could have had something to show.

“We had a very young side out today, in what were very difficult conditions. But that’s not an excuse, because as the result suggests we just weren’t good enough. That said, there were positives to be taken and it was good experience for them.

“I thought we played some good football in patches, it’s just a shame that we didn’t make the most of that. No one likes losing, so we’ll have to move on and make sure we bounce back.”

Fulham U21: Stockdale; Brister, Musa, Arthurworrey, Grimmer; Pritchard, Minkwitz, Banya (Della Verde 70), Altman; Islamovic (Tankovic 60), Woodrow

Match Information

Competition: Barclays U21 Premier League

Date: Monday 19 November 2012
Kick-off: 2:00pm

Venue: Rockliffe Park, Middlesbrough

Middlesbrough U21s

Line-up: Lutweiler; Bennett, Oliver, Burgess, Halliday; Park (Fowler 72'), Brobbel (Weldon 87'), Dolan, Reach (Sirrell 83'); Williams, Waters

Fulham U21s

Line-up: Stockdale; Brister, Arthurworrey, Grimmer, Musa; Minkwitz, Pritchard; Altman, Islamovic (Tankovic 65'), Banya (Della Verde 75'); Woodrow

Middlesbrough U21s (4-4-2)
  • 1Jayson Lutweiler
  • 2Andre Bennett
  • 6Kyle Oliver
  • 5Christian Burgess
  • 3Andrew Halliday
  • 7Cameron Park
  • 8Ryan Brobbel
  • 4Matthew Dolan
  • 11Adam Reach
  • 10Luke Williams
  • 9Matthew Waters
  • 12Paul Weldon
  • 14Lewis Sirrell
  • 15Jake Fowler
Fulham U21s (4-2-3-1)
  • 13David Stockdale
  • 2Alex Brister
  • 15Stephen Arthurworrey
  • 6Jack Grimmer
  • 3James Musa
  • 7Ronny Minkwitz
  • 4Josh Pritchard
  • 10Omri Altman
  • 14Dino Islamovic
  • 11Charles Banya
  • 9Cauley Woodrow
  • 17Lyle Della Verde
  • 16Muamer Tankovic