Monday 18 August 2014, 2:30pm at Staplewood Training Ground, Southampton
Southampton U21s
Taider 78'
Fulham FC
Fulham U21s
Plumain 75'

78' Goal

Saphir Taider
Assist by Jason McCarthy

42' Substitution

Player was substituted due to an injury
On:Josh Sims
Off:Jake Sinclair

79' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Will Wood
Off:Niall Mason

90' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Jake Hesketh
Off:Jason McCarthy

75' Goal

Ange-Freddy Plumain
Assist by Marcello Trotta

55' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
Off:Noe Baba

70' Substitution

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

83' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Jordan Evans
Off:Lyle Della Verde

Ange-Freddy Plumain's opener was cancelled out as Fulham had to settle for a draw.

Fulham Under-21s’ opened their 2014/15 campaign with a 1-1 draw at Southampton’s Staplewood Training Ground.

In an entertaining encounter, it was the Whites who looked most likely to grab the win when Ange-Freddy Plumain netted late on, only for the home side to hit back immediately through Saphir Taider to ensure the points were shared.

Both teams had chances to break the deadlock early on, with Fulham’s best chance arriving from the boot of Marcello Trotta – the Italian firing over from Ryan Tunnicliffe’s corner.

Saints could have moved in front shortly after the interval but visiting captain Jack Grimmer blocked England youth international Josh Sims’ shot, before Omar Rowe missed the target with the follow-up.

Trotta and Sims then drew saves from the respective goalkeepers, before Fulham eventually took the lead on 75 minutes.

Kit Symons’ side won the ball back high up the pitch courtesy of their pressing game, with Trotta then holding the ball up before his perfectly weighted pass released Plumain who slotted his finish under the Paolo Gazzaniga.

The lead lasted just three minutes, though, as Jason McCarthy robbed the ball and played in Taider –currently on loan at St Mary’s from Inter Milan – who flashed the equaliser beyond Marek Rodák.

“It was a good game between two good teams who really went at it,” Symons told after the game. “Possibly a draw was a fair result but I felt we probably shaded it on chances.

“What I’m disappointed with is that we got our noses in front but couldn’t hang onto it. Overall, though, it was a good game of football, performance-wise, and I’m quite happy.

“There’s certainly plenty to work on there but we’re just looking forward now to the Everton game next week.”

Match Information

Competition: Barclays U21 Premier League

Date: Monday 18 August 2014
Kick-off: 2:30pm

Venue: Staplewood Training Ground, Southampton

Southampton U21s

Line-up: Gazzaniga; Mason (Wood 79'), McCarthy (Hesketh 90'), Stephens, Targett; Flannigan, Taider, Reed; McQueen, Sinclair (Sims 42'), Rowe

Unused substitutes: Cropper, Seager

Fulham U21s

Line-up: Rodak; Passley, Arthurworrey, Grimmer, Baba (Mesca 55'); Plumain, Tunnicliffe, Della Verde (Evans 83'), Sambou (Smile 70'), Richards; Trotta

Unused substitutes: Barnes, Donnelly

Manager: Kit Symons

Southampton U21s (4-3-3)
  • 1Paulo Gazzaniga
  • 2Niall Mason
  • 5Jason McCarthy
  • 6Jack Stephens
  • 3Matt Targett
  • 8Jake Flannigan
  • 10Saphir Taider
  • 4Harry Reed
  • 9Sam McQueen
  • 7Jake Sinclair
  • 11Omar Rowe
  • 12Jake Hesketh
  • 13Cody Cropper
  • 15Will Wood
  • 16Josh Sims
  • 14Ryan Seager
Fulham U21s (4-5-1)
  • 1Marek Rodak
  • 2Joshua Passley
  • 5Stephen Arthurworrey
  • 6Jack Grimmer
  • 3Noe Baba
  • 7Ange-Freddy Plumain
  • 4Ryan Tunnicliffe
  • 10Lyle Della Verde
  • 8Solomon Sambou
  • 11Tom Richards
  • 9Marcello Trotta
  • 12Dillion Barnes
  • 14Liam Donnelly
  • 15Jordan Evans
  • 16Joshua Smile
  • 17Mesca
  • Kit Symons