Marcello Trotta’s second-half double inspired Fulham Under-21s to defeat Liverpool Under-21s in a back-and-forth match.
The Whites had fallen behind when Dan Trickett-Smith slotted the Reds in front on five minutes, but Tom Richards hit back only a minute later with a terrific low strike.
Trotta’s lethal finishing made the difference after the break, with two similar low, driven efforts to extend Fulham’s lead, before Jerome Sinclair's goal gave the Reds hope.
After a frantic opening, the Whites slipped behind when Josh Passley lost his footing and Ryan Kent took advantage, feeding Trickett-Smith to put the Reds ahead.
But Fulham were behind for less than a minute. A sweeping move reached Marcello Trotta and the Italian found Richards in space, who rifled a half-volley past keeper Ryan Fulton.
Jonathan Buatu kept the scores level with a superb goal-line block after Kent fired across goal, and a twisting run from Ange-Freddy Plumain caused problems for the Reds in the opposite penalty area.
It continued to be an end-to-end first half, with Trickett-Smith coming close from a 25-yard free-kick and Lyle Della Verde slamming an effort just wide of the Reds goal.
Magnus Norman made an outstanding point-blank save from Samed Yesil’s header on 26 minutes, before Yesil broke through one-on-one but chipped wide of goal.
Plumain had a similar opportunity on 34 minutes. This time Fulton’s quick reflexes saw him block the Frenchman’s attempted chip, and the teams went into half-time level.
The Whites came out playing with a high tempo in the second half, and Trotta wriggled free on the edge of the area before burying a shot into the bottom corner on 54 minutes.
Eight minutes later, the Italy Under-21 international had doubled his tally. After the Reds failed to clear a corner, Trotta collected Buatu’s pass and drilled another strike into corner of the net.
This time it was the Reds who offered a quick response, when Harry Wilson teed up Sinclair on 67 minutes and the substitute added a composed finish.
Liverpool pushed forward for a leveller late on and the best chance went begging when Cameron Brannaghan was denied by the legs of Norman at close range.
Fulham were still offering a threat on the counter. Plumain made Fulton stretch to fingertip his 20-yard free-kick over, but it was Norman to the rescue again in stoppage time. The Fulham keeper saved at the feet of Kent from inside the six yards box to secure all three points for the Whites.
Competition: Barclays U21 Premier League
Date: Sunday 26 October 2014
Venue: Motspur Park, Surrey
Line-up: Norman; Passley, Buatu, Burgess, Evans; Richards, Della Verde, Sambou, Na Bangna; Plumain; Trotta
Unused substitutes: Barnes, Baba, O'Halloran, Casasola, De La Torre
Line-up: Fulton; Randall, Jones, Lussey, Maguire; Wilson, Cleary, Brannaghan, Kent; Trickett-Smith, Yesil
Unused substitutes: O'Hauron, Vigouroux, Sinclair, Pelosi