Thursday 14 March 2013, 1:00pm at Motspur Park, Surrey
Fulham FC
Fulham U21s
Blackburn Rovers
Blackburn Rovers U21s
Osawe 65'

53' Yellow Card

Chris David

70' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Charles Banya
Off:Tu Na Banga

76' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Omri Altman
Off:Kerim Frei

76' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Dino Islamovic
Off:Chris David

65' Goal

Osayamen Osawe
Assist by John O'Sullivan

29' Yellow Card

Tom Paul Card was given for a foul

38' Substitution

Player was substituted due to an injury
On:Osayamen Osawe
Off:Anton Forrester

76' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Tom Brown
Off:John O'Sullivan

81' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Deniz Pero
Off:J. Slew

Fulham Under-21s' winning run came to an end on Thursday afternoon as Blackburn left Motspur Park with a 1-0 victory.

Fulham Under-21s’ winning streak came to an end against Blackburn Rovers at Motspur Park on Thursday afternoon.

Substitute Osayamen Osawe’s second-half header proved to be the pivotal moment in the match as Rovers returned to Lancashire with all three points.

Fulham enjoyed the better chances in the first half, with Chris David, in particular, making a nuisance of himself, but the lack of a cutting edge would prove decisive.

Blackburn edged proceedings in the second half and Osawe should have added to his tally for the afternoon, although Whites substitute Dino Islamovic twice went close to finding an equaliser in the closing stages.

Fulham started the match brightly as David fired a warning shot over the bar with less than 40 seconds on the clock. Cauley Woodrow had intercepted a misplaced Blackburn header before playing in Kerim Frei who found the Dutchman. David then eluded two defenders by dropping his shoulder before hitting a fierce effort that fizzed a yard over the crossbar.

With 10 minutes on the clock, the Whites really should have taken the lead. First, Woodrow fired too close to the keeper when he went one-on-one, before David saw an excellent curling shot tipped just over for a corner.

All the chances were falling Fulham’s way and Alex Smith was next to try his luck on quarter of an hour, but glanced his header wide after meeting Josh Passley’s cross.

John O’Sullivan stung Neil Etheridge’s palms moments later but the Philippines number one was never unduly troubled, before David again forced Matthew Urwin into a good save at the other end. The Dutchman was causing the Rovers backline all manner of problems with his quick feet and pace.

Anton Forrester worked Etheridge on the half-hour mark having eluded the attentions of Jack Grimmer, but the Fulham stopper managed to claim his low effort at the second attempt.

A good cross a minute later from Sean Kavanagh saw the ball fall to Boumesca Tue Na Bangna at the far post, but the winger could only place his shot against the foot of the woodwork and behind for a goal-kick.

The tempo of the match had begun to slow and it wasn’t until the 45th minute that either side went close again, with Passley heading into the keeper’s arms after meeting Smith’s free-kick. Tom Paul then volleyed over at the other end as the match entered first half stoppage time.

The second half begun slowly but Etheridge had to be alert on 52 minutes to palm Osawe’s cross-shot away for a corner.

A delightful chipped through ball from Frei found Na Bangna on 62 minutes but a Blackburn defender did well to recover and block the subsequent shot. Smith then went close with a swerving free-kick from 20 yards following a foul on David.

Blackburn took the lead a minute later, though, when Osawe headed in unmarked from Micah Evans’ cross. It was a soft goal to concede and one that Kit Symons will be none too happy about.

Symons then looked to shake things up a bit with 20 minutes remaining, as Charles Banya replaced Na Bangna.

Osawe nearly doubled Blackburn’s advantage on 72 minutes as he went one-on-one with Etheridge having flicked the ball over Grimmer, but Stephen Arthurworrey made a terrific recovery as he came from nowhere to dispossess the striker before he could get his shot away.

Symons made a double change shortly after as David and Frei made way for Omri Altman and Dino Islamovic, and the big Swede came close to an equaliser with his first touch on 79 minutes. Grimmer headed back across goal to Arthurworrey following a Fulham corner, and the towering centre-back laid it off to Islamovic whose thunderous first-time strike was expertly saved by Urwin. Not only did the Rovers custodian keep the ball out, he held it too.

Osawe was proving to be a real thorn in Fulham’s side and he burst through on 86 minutes but scooped his shot well over the bar from close range.

Islamovic again went close in stoppage time with a rasping drive from 25 yards which man-of-the-match Urwin turned over for a corner. Grimmer headed wide from the subsequent set-piece in what turned out to be the last action of the game as Rovers gained their revenge for the defeat by Fulham at Ewood Park six days ago.

Fulham: 1. Etheridge, 2. Passley, 3. Kavanagh, 4. Vigen Christensen, 5. Arthurworrey, 6. Grimmer, 7. Na Bangna (17. Banya), 8. Smith (c), 9. Woodrow, 10. David (16. Islamovic), 11. Frei (15. Altman). Subs (not used): 12. Joronen, 14. Minkwitz.

Match Information

Competition: Barclays U21 Premier League

Date: Thursday 14 March 2013
Kick-off: 1:00pm

Venue: Motspur Park, Surrey

Fulham U21s

Line-up: Etheridge; Passley, Grimmer, Arthurworrey, Kavanagh; Christensen, Smith; Banga (Banya 70'), David (Islamovic 76'), Frei (Altman 76'); Woodrow

Blackburn Rovers U21s

Line-up: Urwin; Wylie, Dale, Paul, Bauress; Evans, Payne, O'Sullivan (Brown 76'), Maclaren; Slew (Pero 81'); Forrester (Osawe 38')

Fulham U21s (4-2-3-1)
  • 1Neil Etheridge
  • 2Joshua Passley
  • 6Jack Grimmer
  • 5Stephen Arthurworrey
  • 3Sean Kavanagh
  • 4Lasse Vigen Christensen
  • 8Alex Smith
  • 7Tu Na Banga
  • 10Chris David
  • 11Kerim Frei
  • 9Cauley Woodrow
  • 15Omri Altman
  • 16Dino Islamovic
  • 17Charles Banya
Blackburn Rovers U21s (4-4-1-1)
  • 1Matthew Urwin
  • 2Peter Wylie
  • 6Kellen Dale
  • 5Tom Paul
  • 3Bradley Bauress
  • 7Micah Evans
  • 8T. Payne
  • 4John O'Sullivan
  • 11Jamie Maclaren
  • 10J. Slew
  • 9Anton Forrester
  • 14Tom Brown
  • 12Osayamen Osawe
  • 15Deniz Pero