Thursday 11 April 2013, 7:00pm at Motspur Park, Surrey
Fulham FC
Fulham U21s
1
Woodrow 12'
Middlesbrough U21s
0

12' Goal

Cauley Woodrow
Assist by Sean Kavanagh

75' Yellow Card

Lasse Vigen Christensen Card was given for a foul

45' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Dino Islamovic
Off:Cauley Woodrow

60' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Chris David
Off:Ryan Williams

72' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Charles Banya
Off:Ronny Minkwitz

90'+2 Yellow Card

Bryn Morris Card was given for a foul

55' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Wilson Kneeshaw
Off:Marcos Rhoden

76' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Rafael Pereira
Off:Luke Williams

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Cauley Woodrow scored the only goal of the game to hand Kit Symons’ side all three points on Thursday evening.

Cauley Woodrow scored the only goal of the game to hand Kit Symons’ side all three points on Thursday evening.

The Whites took the lead after just 12 minutes, with the talented striker (pictured) latching on to Sean Kavanagh’s lofted pass and finishing confidently.

Fulham had chances to further their lead with both Ryan Williams and Mesca creating opportunities from out wide, and Danish youth international Lasse Vigen Christensen pulling the strings from the middle of the park.

Omri Altman and Woodrow both went close, while Ronny Minkwitz tried his luck from distance with visiting Connor Ripley the busier of the two goalkeepers.

Altman also tested the Boro goal in the second half as Fulham looked to add a second. However, as the half wore on, the visitors began to push Symons’ side back with Josh Passley and Jack Grimmer making two key interceptions.

The Whites held firm, and as a result, leapfrogged Middlesbrough to move up to third in Group One of the Barclays Under-21 Premier League table.

“It wasn’t our best performance,” said Symons to fulhamfc.com. “To be honest it was a bit of a scrappy encounter. We got an early goal and probably should have added to that following a few good opportunities in the first half.

“We didn’t pass the ball as well as we should in the second half, and at times Boro put us under pressure. We’ll go away and work on a few things, but at the end of the day, a win is a win.

“But these boys have enjoyed a good run of form of late, and have set very high standards. Nine of the starting 11 were part of the Under-19 squad that won the Dallas Cup, so it’s a young group – and one that is learning and developing every day.

“Games like this are all part of that process, and hopefully we’ll address a few of my concerns and be ready for the next match. I have to say, though, that it was very pleasing to keep a clean sheet and the boys at the back were very resilient tonight.

“Cauley took his goal well too, and it came from a move that we had been working on in training so that was good to see.”

Fulham U21s: Bettinelli; Passley, Grimmer, Arthurworrey, Kavanagh; R Williams (David 60), Minkwitz (Banya 72), Vigen Christensen, Mesca; Altman, Woodrow (Islamovic 45)

Match Information

Competition: Barclays U21 Premier League

Date: Thursday 11 April 2013
Kick-off: 7:00pm

Venue: Motspur Park, Surrey

Fulham U21s

Line-up: Bettinelli; Passley, Grimmer, Arthurworrey, Kavanagh; Christensen, Minkwitz (Banya 72'), Altman; Banga, Ryan Williams (David 60'); Woodrow (Islamovic 45')

Middlesbrough U21s

Line-up: Ripley; Bennett, Jackson, Burgess, Sirrell; Morris, Rhoden (Kneeshaw 55'); Park, Williams (Pereira 76'), Brobbel; Fewster

Fulham U21s (4-3-2-1)
  • 1Marcus Bettinelli
  • 2Joshua Passley
  • 5Jack Grimmer
  • 6Stephen Arthurworrey
  • 3Sean Kavanagh
  • 4Lasse Vigen Christensen
  • 8Ronny Minkwitz
  • 7Omri Altman
  • 11Tu Na Banga
  • 10Ryan Williams
  • 9Cauley Woodrow
Substitutes
  • 14Chris David
  • 15Dino Islamovic
  • 16Charles Banya
Middlesbrough U21s (4-2-3-1)
  • 1Connor Ripley
  • 2Andre Bennett
  • 6Adam Jackson
  • 5Christian Burgess
  • 3Lewis Sirrell
  • 4Bryn Morris
  • 8Marcos Rhoden
  • 11Cameron Park
  • 10Luke Williams
  • 7Ryan Brobbel
  • 9Bradley Fewster
Substitutes
  • 16Rafael Pereira
  • 14Wilson Kneeshaw