Tuesday 1 April 2014, 2:00pm at Craven Cottage, London
Fulham FC
Fulham U21s
Plumain 33'; Christensen 83'
Liverpool U21s
Dunn (pen) 90'+4

33' Goal

Ange-Freddy Plumain
Assist by Chris David

83' Goal

Lasse Vigen Christensen
Assist by Chris David

37' Yellow Card

Ange-Freddy Plumain Card was given for a foul

90'+4 Penalty

Jack Dunn

74' Yellow Card

Rafael Paez Card was given for a foul

45' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Joe Maguire
Off:Seyi Ojo

53' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Connor Randall
Off:Kristoffer Peterson

81' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Ryan Kent
Off:Joe Maguire

Fulham leapfrogged Liverpool to return to the top of the league with a 2-1 win over the Reds.

Fulham leapfrogged Liverpool to return to the top of the Barclays Under-21 Premier League with a 2-1 win over the Reds at Craven Cottage on Tuesday afternoon.

With First Team boss Felix Magath watching on from the stands, Liverpool started brightly in the behind-closed-doors encounter, Kris Peterson going close in the third minute. Allowed time and space on the edge of the area, his effort from 20 yards was tipped over the bar by Max Oberschmidt.

Five minutes later, Oberschmidt stood up to parry an angled drive away from Joao Teixeira at his near post after the Liverpool man had been teed up by Seyi Ojo.

Fulham were struggling to find a way in the final third, but Chris David curled one over from the edge of the box in the 17th minute after good work on the wing by Buomesca Tue Na Bangna.

Then on 21 minutes, a slip in the middle of the park by Cameron Brannagan was seized on by David who released Ange-Freddy Plumain. The youngster burst forward but sliced his shot wide from just outside the area.

Fulham were growing into the game. A ball over the top by Mananga Jonathan Buautu on 25 minutes was missed by Rafael Paez Cordona, allowing Plumain to cut inside. However, his shot was saved by the outstretched leg of Lawrence Vigouroux.

Derek Boating then freed Josh Passley down the right in the 27th minute and his cross found Lyle Della Verde whose half-volley was tipped over the bar.

Just 60 seconds later, David spread the play out wide to Passley who burst inside his marker but dragged his shot across the face of the goal.

Fulham’s dominance was rewarded with a goal in the 33rd minute. A quickly-taken free-kick by David found Plumain who jinked inside and fired in a shot that flew under Vigouroux and in.

Plumain went into the book in the 35th minute for catching Ojo and Lasse Vigen Christensen shot well wide towards the end of the half before proceedings came to a close.

Christensen should have made it 2-0 in the early stages of the second half. A cross from the left by Della Verde was dummied by Plumain to run into the path of Christensen who saw his shot from eight yards well saved by Vigouroux.

Liverpool then enjoyed a good spell of pressure and they almost drew level when substitute Connor Randall’s cross was met at the far post by Reds skipper Lloyd Jones who saw his header saved by Oberschmidt.

In something of a scrappy second period, Liverpool centre-back Cordona was booked for chopping down Plumain in Fulham’s half in the 74th minute.

Fulham made the game safe with seven minutes remaining. David ran into a wall of red shirts on the edge of the box but kept possession and found Christensen who rolled the ball onto his left foot and sidefooted a shot beyond Vigouroux.

The old adage that you’re at your most vulnerable immediately after scoring almost came true moments later as both Peterson and Cordona went close for Liverpool in an almighty goalmouth scramble in the box. Jack Dunn then went down under a heavy challenge from Buatu but referee Derek Eaton waved play on.

With four minutes to go, Oberschmidt breathed a huge sigh of relief after his kick was charged down by Dunn but rolled inches wide.

Oberschmidt redeemed himself in the first minute of injury time, saving Dunn’s volley from point-blank range but he was finally beaten by the same player in the dying seconds. Jordan Rossiter was fouled by Buatu in the box and Eaton pointed to the penalty spot, with Dunn sending Oberschmidt the wrong way from 12 yards.

There was barley time for the game to restart, though, as Fulham took the points.

Under-21s boss Kit Symons said afterwards: “We had a game plan and the players carried it out well. We were a bit nervy paying it out at the back to start with and caused ourselves a few problems but we settled down and did okay in the end.

“Liverpool threw everything at it late on. They had a big penalty shout turned down and then got a penalty that was nowhere near one. So maybe that evened itself out but overall on chances I thought we deserved to win. We were down to the bare bones. We had two Under-16s boys on the bench but the ones who played put in a real shift.”

He added: “We’ve got West Bromwich Albion away at The Hawthorns on Sunday in our final league game. Hopefully we’ll finish in the top four as that keeps the season going in the Play-Offs. If we can keep our season alive it will be good for the boys.”

Fulham U21s: Oberschmidt, Passley, Buatu, Pritchard, Banya, Mesca, Christensen, Boateng, David, Della Verde, Plumain.

Match Information

Competition: Barclays U21 Premier League

Date: Tuesday 1 April 2014
Kick-off: 2:00pm

Venue: Craven Cottage, London

Referee: Derek Eaton

Fulham U21s

Line-up: Oberschmidt; Passley, Buatu-Mananga, Pritchard, Banya; Mesca, Derek Boateng, Christensen, Della Verde; David; Plumain

Unused substitutes: Brennan, O'Reilly, Islamovic, Nabay, Adebayo

Manager: Kit Symons

Liverpool U21s

Line-up: Vigouroux; Williams, Paez, Jones, Smith; Peterson (Randall 53'), Brannagan, Rossiter, Ojo (Maguire 45' (Kent 81')); João Teixeira; Dunn

Unused substitutes: Fulton, Baio

Fulham U21s (4-4-1-1)
  • 1Max Oberschmidt
  • 2Joshua Passley
  • 5Jonathan Buatu-Mananga
  • 6Josh Pritchard
  • 3Charles Banya
  • 7Mesca
  • 4Derek Boateng
  • 8Lasse Vigen Christensen
  • 11Lyle Della Verde
  • 10Chris David
  • 9Ange-Freddy Plumain
  • 12Martin Brennan
  • 14Daniel O'Reilly
  • 15Dino Islamovic
  • 16Foday Nabay
  • 17Elijah Adebayo
  • Kit Symons
Liverpool U21s (4-4-1-1)
  • 1Lawrence Vigouroux
  • 2Michael Williams
  • 5Rafael Paez
  • 4Lloyd Jones
  • 3Brad Smith
  • 7Kristoffer Peterson
  • 4Cameron Brannagan
  • 8Jordan Rossiter
  • 11Seyi Ojo
  • 10João Teixeira
  • 9Jack Dunn
  • 13Ryan Fulton
  • 15Yalany Baio
  • 14Ryan Kent
  • 16Joe Maguire
  • 12Connor Randall