Friday 13 December 2013, 7:00pm at Motspur Park, Surrey
Fulham FC
Fulham U21s
Tankovic 13', 36', (pen) 74'; Richards 37', 90'+1
Tottenham Hotspur
Tottenham Hotspur U21s
Ball 49'; McEvoy 52'; Coulthirst 68'

13' Goal

Muamer Tankovic
Assist by Lasse Vigen Christensen

36' Goal

Muamer Tankovic
Assist by Tom Richards

37' Goal

Tom Richards
Assist by Lyle Della Verde

74' Penalty

Muamer Tankovic

90'+1 Goal

Tom Richards
Assist by Lyle Della Verde

77' Yellow Card

Lyle Della Verde

79' Yellow Card

Joshua Passley

63' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:George Williams
Off:Sean Kavanagh

63' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Solomon Sambou
Off:Ange-Freddy Plumain

49' Goal

Dominic Ball
Assist by Aaron McEnef

52' Goal

Kenneth McEvoy
Assist by Nabil Bentaleb

68' Goal

Shaquile Coulthirst
Assist by Alex McQueen

19' Substitution

Player was substituted due to an injury
On:Shaquile Coulthirst
Off:Cameron Lancaster

56' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Laste Dombaxe
Off:Aaron McEnef

69' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Ruben Lameiras
Off:Souleymane Coulibaly

Muamer Tankovic hit a hat-trick as Fulham U21s responded after letting a three-goal lead slip against Tottenham.

Muamer Tankovic fired in a hat-trick as Fulham Under-21s responded to clinch victory after letting a three-goal lead slip against Tottenham Hotspur. 

Kit Symons’ Team were on their game from the opening whistle as Tankovic stroked in a well-worked set piece before doubling his tally with a composed finish.

Tom Richards’ 38th minute strike opened up an emphatic three-goal lead at the interval but Spurs responded in the best possible way, pulling two goals back within eight minutes of the restart.

The visitors made their momentum count to level but a 73rd minute Tankovic penalty completed his treble and substitute George Williams struck in stoppage time to kill off Spurs’ comeback attempt.

Tankovic came to the fore straight from the off, but he soon turned from creator to predator when Lasse Vigen Christensen popped up at the far post to head Josh Passley’s corner across goal and the Swedish striker turned the ball in on 12 minutes.

Spurs were beginning to find a foothold in the game but a quick Whites counter-attack punished them on 36 minutes, Lyle Della Verde and Richards combining for Tankovic to add another calm finish.

The Whites went into the interval in a ruthless mood, extending the lead even further after Della Verde seized on a loose pass and Richards rifled past goalkeeper Jonathan Miles with a low driven shot.

It was a different story after the break however and Spurs felt the comeback brewing when Dominic Ball stooped to head Aaron McEneff’s corner past Jesse Joronen after 49 minutes.

The deficit was reduced further four minutes later when Kenneth McEvoy hit a firm strike into the top corner, and Shaquile Coulthirst’s 68th minute header brought Spurs right back into the game at 3-3.

Goalkeeper Miles had denied Ange-Freddy Plumain when the Frenchman was clean through on goal, but the Whites made no mistake when Giancarlo Gallifuoco brought down Ronny Minkwitz for a penalty.

Tankovic sent Miles the wrong way from the spot with 16 minutes left on the clock and, with Tottenham pushing to level the scores again, Della Verde squared for sub Williams to tap in and secure the win.

Fulham Team: Joronen; Passley, Arthurworrey, Grimmer, Kavanagh (Williams 63); Vigen Christensen, Minkwitz, Della Verde; Plumain (Sambou 63), Tankovic, Richards. 

Substitutes Not Used: Norman, Buatu, O'Reilly.

Match Information

Competition: Barclays U21 Premier League

Date: Friday 13 December 2013
Kick-off: 7:00pm

Venue: Motspur Park, Surrey

Fulham U21s

Line-up: Joronen; Passley, Grimmer, Arthurworrey, Kavanagh (George Williams 63'); Minkwitz, Christensen; Plumain (Sambou 63'), Della Verde, Richards; Tankovic

Manager: Kit Symons

Tottenham Hotspur U21s

Line-up: Miles; Alex McQueen, Ball, Gallifuoco, Stewart; McEnef (Dombaxe 56'), Bentaleb; Ward, Coulibaly (Lameiras 69'), McEvoy; Lancaster (Coulthirst 19')

Fulham U21s (4-2-3-1)
  • 1Jesse Joronen
  • 2Joshua Passley
  • 6Jack Grimmer
  • 5Stephen Arthurworrey
  • 3Sean Kavanagh
  • 4Ronny Minkwitz
  • 8Lasse Vigen Christensen
  • 7Ange-Freddy Plumain
  • 10Lyle Della Verde
  • 11Tom Richards
  • 9Muamer Tankovic
  • 14Solomon Sambou
  • 16George Williams
  • Kit Symons
Tottenham Hotspur U21s (4-2-3-1)
  • 1Jonathan Miles
  • 2Alex McQueen
  • 5Dominic Ball
  • 6Giancarlo Gallifuoco
  • 3Kevin Stewart
  • 4Aaron McEnef
  • 8Nabil Bentaleb
  • 11Grant Ward
  • 9Souleymane Coulibaly
  • 7Kenneth McEvoy
  • 10Cameron Lancaster
  • 14Laste Dombaxe
  • 15Ruben Lameiras
  • 12Shaquile Coulthirst