Tuesday 11 March 2014, 7:00pm at Motspur Park, Surrey
Fulham FC
Fulham U21s
Della Verde 7', 90'; Dembele (pen) 56'
Blackburn Rovers
Blackburn Rovers U21s

7' Goal

Lyle Della Verde
Assist by Matthew Briggs

56' Penalty

Moussa Dembele

90' Goal

Lyle Della Verde

61' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Emerson Hyndman
Off:Alex Brister

72' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Jordan Evans
Off:George Williams

61' Yellow Card

Tim Payne Card was given for a foul

60' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Tim Payne
Off:Paulo Jorge

72' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Deniz Pero
Off:Dean Rittenberg

82' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Luke Wall
Off:Hyuga Tanner

Two goals from Lyle Della Verde and one from Moussa Dembélé capped an assured night for our U21s on Tuesday.

Our Under-21s remain at the top of the Barclays U21 Premier League after a 3-0 dismissal of Blackburn Rovers at Motspur Park on Tuesday night.

With one victory in their last four fixtures, Kit Symons’ side returned to winning ways courtesy of goals from Lyle Della Verde (2) and Moussa Dembélé.

As both teams probed for an early foothold, the game burst into life when Della Verde ran from deep before driving in a fine 25-yard strike that left David Raya with little chance on nine minutes.

With the Whites looking to build on their lead, it was the visitors who started to see more of the ball, though, frustrating Fulham and forcing them into some uncharacteristic errors.

With Symons urging his side to move the ball quicker, the hosts gradually wrestled control back in their favour and, as a result, Lasse Vigen Christensen almost headed in a second on the half-hour mark.

Moments later, a teasing right-flank delivery from Della Verde saw Dembélé glance another chance wide before a driving run from George Williams was expertly snuffed out by Blackburn skipper Darragh Lenihan.

At the other end, Will Beesley moved David Stockdale into a routine low save while Dean Rittenberg fired high and wide following one clever run from deep.   

With Della Verde’s goal the difference at the break, the Whites needed Stockdale to be alert when diving at the feet of Rittenberg after the ball had deflected off Mananga Jonathan Buatu and into the striker’s path.

Blackburn’s bright start to the second half was quashed, though, when Dembélé lifted a confident penalty beyond the reach of Raya on 55 minutes after Devran Green had fouled Christensen.

Dembélé broke through shortly after only to fire wide with an angled strike, before Emerson Hyndman created space with a clever touch to then see his shot deflected wide for a corner.

With the Whites in the ascendency, Josh Pritchard and Della Verde combined well to free the on-running Josh Passley. With the right-back underlining his attacking capabilities with a series of step-overs followed by a stinging drive that Raya did well to keep out.

In reply, the visitors looked for an immediate response, with Tim Payne passing up an excellent opportunity when played through as Stockdale stood firm to make a decent stop. Green then hit an ambitious strike over the bar.

Dembélé did well to hold the ball up while under pressure from Ryan Edwards and when his clever lay-off in the Rovers’ box found Christensen, the Denmark youth international went close to a third when jinking passed Lenihan.

With the game drawing to a close, Fulham did have a third when Della Verde swept in a low strike from the edge of the box.

Fulham U21: Stockdale; Passley, Burgess, Buatu, Briggs; Brister (Hyndman 61), Pritchard, Christensen, Della Verde; Williams (Evans 70); Dembélé. (Subs): Oberschmidt, Donnelly, Plumain

Blackburn U21: Raya; Molina, Edwards, Lenihan, Beesley; Jorge (Payne 60), Tanner (Wall 81), Bauress, Smith; Green, Rittenberg (Pero 70). (Subs): Urwin, Tumwa

Match Information

Competition: Barclays U21 Premier League

Date: Tuesday 11 March 2014
Kick-off: 7:00pm

Venue: Motspur Park, Surrey
Attendance: 90

Fulham U21s

Line-up: Stockdale; Passley, Buatu-Mananga, Burgess, Briggs; Pritchard; Della Verde, Christensen, Brister (Hyndman 61'), George Williams (Evans 72'); Dembele

Manager: Kit Symons

Blackburn Rovers U21s

Line-up: Raya; Hugo Fernandez, Edwards, Lehinan, Beesley; Paulo Jorge (Payne 60'), Tanner (Wall 82'); Green, Bauress, Smith; Rittenberg (Pero 72')

Fulham U21s (4-1-4-1)
  • 13David Stockdale
  • 2Joshua Passley
  • 5Jonathan Buatu-Mananga
  • 6Cameron Burgess
  • 3Matthew Briggs
  • 4Josh Pritchard
  • 7Lyle Della Verde
  • 8Lasse Vigen Christensen
  • 10Alex Brister
  • 11George Williams
  • 9Moussa Dembele
  • 16Jordan Evans
  • 14Emerson Hyndman
  • Kit Symons
Blackburn Rovers U21s (4-2-3-1)
  • 1David Raya
  • 2Hugo Fernandez
  • 5Ryan Edwards
  • 6Darragh Lehinan
  • 3Will Beesley
  • 7Paulo Jorge
  • 4Hyuga Tanner
  • 10Devarn Green
  • 8Bradley Bauress
  • 11Peter Smith
  • 9Dean Rittenberg
  • 16Luke Wall
  • 12Deniz Pero
  • 14Tim Payne