Monday 3 December 2012, 2:00pm at Motspur Park, Surrey
Fulham FC
Fulham U21s
Woodrow 40'
Liverpool U21s
Morgan 3'; Adorjan 56'

40' Goal

Cauley Woodrow
Assist by Alex Brister

54' Yellow Card

Alex Brister Card was given for a foul

64' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Josh Pritchard
Off:Charles Banya

64' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Tom Donegan
Off:Lasse Vigen Christensen

70' Substitution

Player was substituted due to an injury
On:Ronny Minkwitz
Off:Alex Brister

3' Goal

Adam Morgan
Assist by Dani Pacheco

56' Goal

Krisztian Adorjan

45' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Brad Smith
Off:Jakub Sokolik

57' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:João Teixeira
Off:Michael Ngoo

90'+2 Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
Off:Krisztian Adorjan

The U21s succumbed to a narrow loss on Monday afternoon when they went down 2-1 to Liverpool.

Fulham Under-21s lost to a strong Liverpool outfit at a chilly Motspur Park on Monday afternoon.

After Cauley Woodrow had cancelled out Adam Morgan's early opener, the game could have gone either way but it was the visitors who took the spoils when Krisztian Adorjan fired home after Neil Etheridge had spilled Danny Pacheco's effort.

Liverpool took the lead with the first chance of the game with less than four minutes on the clock. A diagonal ball found Morgan in space down the right and the winger cut inside Matthew Briggs before firing beyond Etheridge to give the boys from Merseyside an early advantage.

Fulham responded three minutes later when Pajtim Kasami saw his drive comfortably gathered by Peter Gulacsi after playing a neat one-two with Captain Lasse Vigen Christensen.

Chances were rare and it took a moment of brilliant skill to see one of the goalkeepers tested again when Briggs powered past five red shirts before seeing his right-footed strike smothered by Gulacsi on 19 minutes.

In what was turning out to be a largely uneventful game, we had to wait until the 33rd minute for the next shot, but Morgan’s sliced effort ended up nearer the corner flag than the goal, before Charles Banya saw his shot deflect wide at the other end.

The home side drew level with five minutes left of the half through an outrageous Woodrow strike. Alex Brister showed good footwork down the right flank before sending Woodrow in down the channel and, with the angle massively against him, the striker managed to lob Gulacsi at his far post. Cynics may say it was a wayward cross by the man who celebrated his 18th birthday on Sunday, but you can bet Woodrow will be saying he meant it.

And he could have doubled his tally for the afternoon on the stroke of half-time after being found in space by Kasami, only to see Gulacsi beat his fierce shot away.

Fulham started the second period strongly and Mickael Tavares connected with a loose ball in the area within three minutes of the restart but his powerful effort was too close to Liverpool's Hungarian goalkeeper.

The away side responded through a Conor Coady effort but, as was the pattern of the game, the shot was too close to Etheridge who caught comfortably.

The Reds should have retaken the lead on 53 minutes when Michael Ngoo found himself put through one-on-one with Etheridge but the Philippines international made himself big and smothered the shot.

The Fulham stopper couldn’t cope as well with the visitors’ next effort though as he could only parry Pacheco’s shot, with Adorjan poking home the rebound to make it 2-1.

Kit Symons went about switching things round just past the hour mark when he withdrew Vigen Christensen and Banya and replaced them with Josh Pritchard and former Everton man Tom Donegan.

The Merseyside team should have been out of sight on 68 minutes but Morgan dragged his shot wide after Etheridge had spilled another speculative effort from range.

Symons then played his final card as Ronny Minkwitz entered the action as he replaced Brister.

Another confident run by Briggs on 76 minutes saw the full-back wiped out but the referee played advantage as Woodrow took over, but the striker’s curling drive landed in the grateful arms of Gulacsi.

A scramble in the area minutes later culminated in a Woodrow overhead kick that flew a yard or so wide – the striker was enjoying a lively game for the Under-21s, with his confidence brimming, although he couldn’t add to his tally as the Whites searched for a way back into the match, to no avail.

Fulham: 1. Etheridge, 2. Brister, 3. Briggs, 4. Tavares, 5. Arthurworrey, 6. Grimmer, 7. Vigen Christensen (c), 8. Kasami, 9. Woodrow, 10. Altman, 11. Banya

Subs: 12. Bettinelli, 14. Pritchard, 15. Minkwitz, 16. Donegan, 17. Islamovic

Liverpool: 1. Gulacsi, 2. Flannagan, 3. Robinson, 4. Sokolik, 5. Sama, 6. Coady, 7. Pacheco, 8. Roddan, 9. Ngoo, 10. Adorjan, 11. Morgan

Subs: 12. Pelosi, 13. Ward, 14. Huertas, 15. Teixeira, 16. Smith

Match Information

Competition: Barclays U21 Premier League

Date: Monday 3 December 2012
Kick-off: 2:00pm

Venue: Motspur Park, Surrey

Fulham U21s

Line-up: Etheridge; Brister (Minkwitz 70'), Grimmer, Arthurworrey, Briggs; Tavares, Christensen (Donegan 64'); Altman, Kasami, Banya (Pritchard 64'); Woodrow

Liverpool U21s

Line-up: Gulacsi; Flanagan, Sama, Sokolik (Smith 45'), Robinson; Coady, Roddan; Morgan, Adorjan (Nacho 90'), Dani Pacheco; Ngoo (João Teixeira 57')

Fulham U21s (4-2-3-1)
  • 1Neil Etheridge
  • 2Alex Brister
  • 6Jack Grimmer
  • 5Stephen Arthurworrey
  • 3Matthew Briggs
  • 4Mickaël Tavares
  • 7Lasse Vigen Christensen
  • 10Omri Altman
  • 8Pajtim Kasami
  • 11Charles Banya
  • 9Cauley Woodrow
  • 14Josh Pritchard
  • 15Ronny Minkwitz
  • 16Tom Donegan
Liverpool U21s (4-2-3-1)
  • 1Peter Gulacsi
  • 2John Flanagan
  • 5Stephen Sama
  • 4Jakub Sokolik
  • 3Jack Robinson
  • 6Conor Coady
  • 8Craig Roddan
  • 7Adam Morgan
  • 10Krisztian Adorjan
  • 11Dani Pacheco
  • 9Michael Ngoo
  • 14Nacho
  • 16Brad Smith
  • 15João Teixeira