Monday 4 May 2015, 12:05pm at Motspur Park, Surrey
Fulham FC
Fulham U21s
Taggart 45'+1
Chelsea U21s
Solanke 4', 11'; Musonda 57'

45'+1 Goal

Adam Taggart
Assist by Jordan Evans

59' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Aaron Redford
Off:Adam Taggart

69' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Luca de la Torre
Off:Emerson Hyndman

69' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Noe Baba
Off:Ryheem Sheckleford

4' Goal

Dominic Solanke
Assist by Jordan Houghton

11' Goal

Dominic Solanke
Assist by Kasey Palmer

57' Goal

Charly Musonda

33' Yellow Card

Dion Conroy Card was given for a foul

46' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Alex Kiwomya
Off:Reece Mitchell

55' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Charlie Colkett
Off:Jeremie Boga

78' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Tammy Abraham
Off:Kasey Palmer

Adam Taggart scored on his U21s return but a slow start cost the Whites against Chelsea.

Adam Taggart scored on his Fulham Under-21s return but a slow start cost the Whites against Chelsea Under-21s.

The Australian striker played almost an hour on his first appearance since February 28th, and netted on the stroke of half-time to give the Whites hope after falling two goals behind early on. 

Two Dominic Solanke strikes inside 11 minutes made Fulham's task all the more difficult but the Whites controlled the majority of the opening 45 and went into the break in a strong position despite trailing 2-1.

Charly Musonda restored the Blues' two-goal advantage in the 57th minute, and the visitors edged the remainder of the game to secure three points.

With Chelsea showing early signs of intent, Jordan Evans had to be alert to clear inside his six-yard box after Kasey Palmer charged down the left and fired the ball across goal.

The visitors were a goal up after four minutes, when Jordan Houghton's slide-rule pass played in Solanke, who added a composed finish across goalkeeper Magnus Norman's body.

As the Whites struggled to gain a foot-hold in the game, Palmer again showed his pace to power to the byline. He cut the ball back for Solanke to double his tally from close range in the 11th minute.

Fulham began to fight back, with Evans making good progress on the left and Ryheem Sheckleford almost picking out Taggart at the far post, but the crosses did not quite find their targets.

There were gasps around Motspur Park when a golden chance to pull a goal back passed the Whites by. Sheckleford's driven 14th-minute cross evaded the Blues defenders but a sliding Taggart could not get enough on the ball to divert it in to an unguarded net at the far post.

The hosts were growing into the game and, midway through the first half, Emerson Hyndman stung the hands of Chelsea keeper Mitchell Beeney from 25 yards. A silky dribble from Ange-Freddy Plumain then took him past three blue shirts, with Taggart sweeping his pass fractionally over the Chelsea crossbar.

The Whites were almost guilty of switching off when a long throw released Solanke in search of his hat-trick. Fortunately, his strike cannoned wide of the post. Blues centre-back Dion Conroy went into the referee's book on 33 minutes after upending Plumain and, moments later, Evans' delivery was volleyed straight at keeper Beeney by Mesca Na Bangna from 15 yards.

There had been plenty of promising build-up from the Whites and they finally got the goal their play merited in first-half stoppage time. Another excellent Evans cross found Taggart, who made no mistake this time from eight yards to reduce the arrears at the interval.

Chelsea had failed to impose themselves on the game since scoring the second goal but, after making two substitutions, they came out with renewed energy in the second half. Musonda's crisply struck free-kick restored their two-goal cushion on 57 minutes, and Norman's out-stretched leg denied Solanke a treble minutes later.

In response, Manager Peter Grant introduced Aaron Redford in place of Taggart in the 59th minute, before Musonda's low drive crashed back off the post and Houghton skewed the rebound over.

Noe Baba and Luca de la Torre replaced Sheckleford and Hyndman on 69 minutes but chances were few and far between for the Whites as Chelsea closed the game out.

Match Information

Competition: Barclays U21 Premier League

Date: Monday 4 May 2015
Kick-off: 12:05pm

Venue: Motspur Park, Surrey
Attendance: 286

Fulham U21s

Line-up: Norman; Sheckleford (Baba 69'), Buatu, Donnelly, Evans; Mesca, Smile, Hyndman (de la Torre 69'), O'Halloran; Plumain, Taggart (Redford 59')

Unused substitutes: Rodak

Chelsea U21s

Line-up: Beeney; Tomori, Conroy, Clark-Salter, Aina; Mitchell (Kiwomya 46'), Houghton, Musonda, Palmer (Abraham 78'); Boga (Colkett 55'), Solanke

Unused substitutes: Collins

Fulham U21s (4-4-2)
  • 1Magnus Norman
  • 2Ryheem Sheckleford
  • 5Jonathan Buatu
  • 6Liam Donnelly
  • 3Jordan Evans
  • 7Mesca
  • 4Joshua Smile
  • 10Emerson Hyndman
  • 8Dean O'Halloran
  • 11Ange-Freddy Plumain
  • 9Adam Taggart
  • 12Marek Rodak
  • 14Noe Baba
  • 15Luca de la Torre
  • 16Aaron Redford
Chelsea U21s (4-4-2)
  • 1Mitchell Beeney
  • 2Fikayo Tomori
  • 3Dion Conroy
  • 4Jake Clark-Salter
  • 5Ola Aina
  • 7Reece Mitchell
  • 8Jordan Houghton
  • 6Charly Musonda
  • 11Kasey Palmer
  • 10Jeremie Boga
  • 9Dominic Solanke
  • 12Charlie Colkett
  • 13Bradley Collins
  • 14Alex Kiwomya
  • 15Tammy Abraham