Thursday 19 February 2015, 7:05pm at The Recreation Ground, Aldershot
Chelsea U21s
Baker (pen) 13'; Houghton 33'; Suljic 53'
Fulham FC
Fulham U21s
Dembele 2'; Roberts 14'; o.g. Suljic 67'; Taggart 83'

13' Penalty

Lewis Baker

33' Goal

Jordan Houghton

53' Goal

Ali Suljic

62' Yellow Card

Lewis Baker Card was given for a foul

68' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Ola Aina
Off:Kevin Wright

68' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Charly Musonda
Off:Kasey Palmer

85' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Charlie Wakefield
Off:Alex Kiwomya

2' Goal

Moussa Dembele
Assist by Jordan Evans

14' Goal

Patrick Roberts
Assist by Moussa Dembele

67' Own-goal

Ali Suljic

83' Goal

Adam Taggart
Assist by Tim Hoogland

45' Yellow Card

Tim Hoogland Card was given for a foul

52' Yellow Card

Patrick Roberts Card was given for a foul

63' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
Off:Patrick Roberts

63' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Tom Richards
Off:Moussa Dembele

Fulham beat local rivals Chelsea 4-3 in an incredible game at Aldershot Town’s Recreation Ground on Thursday.

Fulham Under-21s beat local rivals Chelsea 4-3 in an incredible game at Aldershot Town’s Recreation Ground on Thursday evening.

The Premier League International Cup Quarter-Final began at a frenetic pace, with three goals inside the opening quarter of an hour, with Moussa Dembélé’s opener cancelled out by a Lewis Baker penalty, before Patrick Roberts restored the lead seconds later.

Chelsea captain Jordan Houghton ensured the sides went into half-time level with a neat shot from 20 yards, and the home side went in front for the first time after the restart when centre-back Ali Suljic netted from close range.

The Blues defender was involved in the next goal, too, as he sliced into his own net to restore parity, before Adam Taggart pounced late on to settle a fascinating derby match.

Peter Grant was able to name a strong team for the local derby, with teenagers Roberts and Dembélé both starting, while Tim Hoogland continued his comeback from injury at right-back. There was also a first start for Liam Donnelly since he captained the Under-18s against the Blues in last season’s FA Youth Cup Final.

The hosts had a great chance with just 25 seconds played when a superb diagonal ball sent Alex Kiwomya in behind, but Magnus Norman got down well to his shot and pushed it behind for a corner.

But it was the Whites who struck first when Dembélé showed his clinical instincts inside the box. Roberts dribbled inside and laid the ball off to Jordan Evans who beat his man, played a one-two, and squared to Dembélé 10 yards out. The ball got caught in the squelchy turf but the Frenchman did well to dig it out before nestling a neat shot inside the post.

He almost doubled his tally on five minutes after Roberts slipped him in with a perfectly weighted throughball, but this time Blues goalkeeper Mitchell Beeney was equal to his effort and pulled off a fine low save.

Chelsea levelled things on 13 minutes when Noe Baba brought down Ike Ugbo after he’d surged into the area. Norman went the right way when he faced Baker’s spot-kick but the midfielder’s effort was too powerful and found the far corner.

But then, straight from kick-off, Fulham restored their lead. Dembélé showed excellent strength to hold off his man at the byline before cutting the ball back to Roberts who crashed in a powerful strike inside the box.

Taggart went close to making it three moments later. With the ball pinging around in the box following an Evans corner, the Australia international spun and hit a goalbound effort that was cleared from near the line by Fankaty Dabo.

Midway through the first half Chelsea went within a whisker of an equaliser with a corner of their own, but a combination of Norman and the post denied them.

They did draw level shortly after the half hour mark, though, when the ball was squared to Houghton on the edge of the box and he found the far corner with a crisp inside of the foot finish.

Fulham looked for another immediate response and almost had it twice through Roberts. First his bending free-kick deflected just wide, before he sent a low strike just off target.

Kasey Palmer was next to chance his arm and his bouncing shot three minutes before half-time looked troublesome for Norman as it skidded towards him on the wet grass, but the Whites keeper got his body behind the ball to avert the danger.

The same two players were then involved in the game’s next opening, but again Norman came out on top as he pushed away the Chelsea man’s free-kick.

The final action of the half then saw Hoogland booked for a foul on Palmer as the referee called an end to an enthralling opening 45 minutes.

Palmer was proving a tricky customer and his purposeful running brought about another yellow card shortly after the restart when Roberts barged him off the ball. And it proved costly, too. Baker’s initial free-kick was well saved by Norman but the ball wasn’t properly cleared and Suljic – who had stayed up after the set-piece – was on hand to turn in from close range from Dion Conroy’s cross.

Despite finding themselves behind for the first time in the game, Fulham’s heads didn’t drop and Taggart did well to get on the end of a deep Evans cross, but could only find the side-netting with his stooping header.

Baker became the first Chelsea man to be carded after he crudely ended a jinking Roberts run. That proved to be the Fulham winger’s last action of the game as he and Dembélé made way for Tom Richards and Buomesca Tue Na Bangna.

Fulham were afforded a chunk of luck on 67 minutes to draw level in the game, but it was no less than their quality of play deserved. Evans bent in a dangerous low cross that Suljic went to volley away, only to slice into his own net at the near post.

That goal galvanised the visitors and they threatened another on 74 minutes when Jonathan Buatu headed over from a dangerous Evans cross.

It looked as though Grant’s men had retaken the lead two minutes later when Richards played in Ange-Freddy Plumain who clipped the ball beyond Beeney, but the offside flag was up and the goal was ruled out.

Taggart was sure he’d scored on 78 minutes when he connected first time with Na Bangna’s cross from the left, but Beeney got down brilliantly to pull off a magnificent save at his near post.

Fulham were really taking the game to their hosts and they were duly rewarded in the 83rd minute when Taggart tucked the ball in after Hoogland had got a head to Evans' corner.

Houghton went close to an equaliser with a thumping long range strike deep into stoppage time that Norman beat away, as the Whites held on to deservedly secure their place in the Semi-Finals of the Premier League International Cup.

Match Information

Competition: The Premier League International Cup

Date: Thursday 19 February 2015
Kick-off: 7:05pm

Venue: The Recreation Ground, Aldershot

Chelsea U21s

Line-up: Beeney; Dabo, Suljic, Conroy, Wright (Aina 68'); Palmer (Musonda 68'), Houghton, Baker; Kiwomya (Wakefield 85'), Ugbo, Mitchell

Unused substitutes: Granger, Grant, Sammut, Ali

Fulham U21s

Line-up: Norman; Hoogland, Baba, Buatu, Evans; Roberts (Mesca 63'), Donnelly, Williams, Plumain; Dembele (Richards 63'), Taggart

Unused substitutes: Casasola, Rodak, Della Verde

Chelsea U21s (4-3-3)
  • 1Mitchell Beeney
  • 2Fankaty Dabo
  • 3Ali Suljic
  • 4Dion Conroy
  • 5Kevin Wright
  • 11Kasey Palmer
  • 8Jordan Houghton
  • 6Lewis Baker
  • 7Alex Kiwomya
  • 9Ike Ugbo
  • 10Reece Mitchell
  • 12Ola Aina
  • 13Billy Granger
  • 14Charly Musonda
  • 15Charlie Wakefield
  • 16Joshua Grant
  • 17Ruben Sammut
  • 18Mukhtar Ali
Fulham U21s (4-4-2)
  • 1Magnus Norman
  • 2Tim Hoogland
  • 6Noe Baba
  • 5Jonathan Buatu
  • 3Jordan Evans
  • 7Patrick Roberts
  • 4Liam Donnelly
  • 8Ryan Williams
  • 11Ange-Freddy Plumain
  • 10Moussa Dembele
  • 9Adam Taggart
  • 14Tiago Casasola
  • 12Marek Rodak
  • 16Tom Richards
  • 15Lyle Della Verde
  • 17Mesca