Friday 6 March 2015, 3:00pm at City Football Academy, Manchester
Manchester City
Manchester City U21s
Ambrose 9'; Barker (pen) 50'; Celina 82'
Fulham FC
Fulham U21s
Plumain 58'

9' Goal

Thierry Ambrose

50' Penalty

Brandon Barker

82' Goal

Bersant Celina

32' Red Card

Jack Bryne Card was given for a foul

90'+1 Yellow Card

Angelino Card was given for a foul

63' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Jorge Intima
Off:Thierry Ambrose

74' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Bersant Celina
Off:Brandon Barker

83' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Kean Bryan
Off:Jose Angel Pozo

58' Goal

Ange-Freddy Plumain

50' Yellow Card

Liam Donnelly Card was given for a foul

90'+3 2nd Yellow Card

Liam Donnelly Card was given for a foul

45' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Tiago Casasola
Off:Noe Baba

55' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Joshua Smile
Off:Solomon Sambou

85' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Dean O'Halloran
Off:Buomesca Tue Na Bangna

Ange-Freddy Plumain was on target but Fulham lost 3-1 at 10-man Manchester City.

Fulham fell to a 3-1 defeat to Manchester City at the Academy Stadium in the Barclays U21 Premier League on Friday despite the home side being reduced to 10 men in the first half.

City went ahead through a Thierry Ambrose header but Jack Byrne saw red for a dangerous tackle after half an hour. The home side doubled their lead from the spot in the second half through Brandon Barker but were pegged back as Ange-Freddy Plumain halved the deficit.

As Fulham pressed they left themselves open to the counter and were punished when Bersant Celina made it three with a tap-in. The match ended on a sour note as Liam Donnelly picked up a second booking in added time to depart proceedings early.

The home side started the brighter and took an early lead when the impressive Barker floated a cross from the left to the far post which Ambrose met well and headed down into the bottom corner.

City almost doubled their lead when Oliver Ntcham hit a powerful low effort from range which cracked against the woodwork, with the resulting rebound luckily coming to nothing for the Whites.

Fulham’s first opening of the game came when Patrick Roberts did well in the middle of the field and played a ball over the top to Moussa Dembélé, but his attempted lob sailed well over.

The big moment in the game came just after the half-hour mark when the home side were reduced to 10 men as Byrne was sent off for a dangerous tackle on Solomon Sambou.

Despite their numerical disadvantage, City nearly made it two soon after with the lively Jose Angel Pozo almost finding the bottom corner of the Fulham net. The home side continued to create the better chances and Ntcham again came close from long range but his effort went just wide.

Peter Grant's side started the second half in much better fashion with Roberts testing Angus Gunn from a free-kick but the Whites then suffered a set-back when City were awarded a penalty for a foul on Barker by Donnelly. The Northern Irishman picked up a yellow for his troubles, before Barker picked himself up and smashed home the penalty straight down the middle.

Fulham got back into the game, though. Excellent work from Dembélé in the middle of the park saw the striker produce a defence-splitting pass to find Plumian who coolly slotted home.

The Whites went on the front foot from there and dominated proceedings, with Dembélé coming close on numerous occasions. Pressing for an equaliser, Whites substitute Tiago Casasola was caught on the halfway line which sent Barker through one-on-one with Norman but the keeper got down well to deny the winger.

The game was then put to bed as City broke on the counter with Pozo's shot being cleared off the line but Mananga Jonathan Buatu's clearance hit Norman on the back and fell kindly to Celina who couldn't miss.

A disappointing day got worse for Fulham as Donnelly picked up a second booking in added time for a foul on Angelino.

Match Information

Competition: Barclays U21 Premier League

Date: Friday 6 March 2015
Kick-off: 3:00pm

Venue: City Football Academy, Manchester

Manchester City U21s

Line-up: Gunn; Maffeo, Smith-Brown, Plummer, Angelino; Barker (Celina 74'), Glendon, Ntcham, Bryne; Ambrose (Intima 63'); Pozo (Bryan 83')

Unused substitutes: Lawlor

Manager: Patrick Vieira

Fulham U21s

Line-up: Norman; Baba (Casasola 45'), Buatu, Donnelly, Evans; Sambou (Smile 55'); Roberts, Williams, Tue Na Bangna (O'Halloran 85'); Dembele, Plumain

Unused substitutes: Barnes, Della Verde

Manager: Peter Grant

Manchester City U21s (4-4-1-1)
  • 1Angus Gunn
  • 3Pablo Maffeo
  • 2Ashley Smith-Brown
  • 4Ellis Plummer
  • 5Angelino
  • 11Brandon Barker
  • 6George Glendon
  • 8Oliver Ntcham
  • 10Jack Bryne
  • 7Thierry Ambrose
  • 9Jose Angel Pozo
  • 12Kean Bryan
  • 13Ian Lawlor
  • 14Jorge Intima
  • 15Bersant Celina
  • Patrick Vieira
Fulham U21s (4-1-3-2)
  • 1Magnus Norman
  • 2Noe Baba
  • 5Jonathan Buatu
  • 6Liam Donnelly
  • 3Jordan Evans
  • 4Solomon Sambou
  • 7Patrick Roberts
  • 10Ryan Williams
  • 8Buomesca Tue Na Bangna
  • 9Moussa Dembele
  • 11Ange-Freddy Plumain
  • 12Dillon Barnes
  • 14Joshua Smile
  • 15Dean O'Halloran
  • 16Lyle Della Verde
  • 17Tiago Casasola
  • Peter Grant