Monday 12 January 2015, 7:00pm at Motspur Park, Surrey
Fulham FC
Fulham U21s
Plumain 21'
Southampton U21s
Mugabi 12'; McCarthy 16'

21' Goal

Ange-Freddy Plumain
Assist by Chris David

40' Substitution

Player was substituted due to an injury
On:Tom Richards
Off:Dean O'Halloran

60' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
Off:Alexander Kacaniklic

12' Goal

Bevis Mugabi
Assist by Jason McCarthy

16' Goal

Jason McCarthy
Assist by Dominic Gape

9' Substitution

Player was substituted due to an injury
On:Will Britt
Off:Cody Cropper

46' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Harley Willard
Off:Jack Cork

Fulham Under-21s were beaten 2-1 by Southampton at Motspur Park on Monday evening.

Fulham Under-21s were beaten 2-1 by Southampton at Motspur Park on Monday evening.

All three goals arrived within the opening quarter of the match, with Saints storming into a two-goal lead before Ange-Freddy Plumain pulled one back for the home side.

The Whites created plenty of openings after the restart but were unable to force what would have been a deserved equaliser, with substitute Tom Richards going closest with a shot that hit the post.

The game began at a rapid pace and the first noteworthy incident arrived within the first minute as Dean O’Halloran and visiting goalkeeper Cody Cropper collided following a through ball from Thomas Eisfeld. There was concern for Cropper who appeared to be out cold, and after a lengthy stoppage he was replaced by Will Britt in the Southampton goal.

Soon after, they were in front. With 12 minutes on the clock, Fulham failed to clear a cross and Jason McCarthy headed the ball back into the area where former Whites Academy player Bevis Mugabi reacted quickest to turn the ball in.

Fulham looked for an immediate response and almost got it when Plumain fed Eisfeld, but the German playmaker blazed over the bar from the edge of the box.

That miss looked like it might be crucial as Southampton doubled their lead shortly after the quarter hour mark when McCarthy headed in from a Dom Gape corner.

But the Whites hauled themselves back into the contest on 21 minutes against the run of play. Chris David delivered a sweet through ball for Plumain who raced in on goal before planting a confident finish beyond Britt.

As half-time approached, Fulham suffered a nasty injury setback of their own. A good team move saw Plumain sprint towards the area and deliver a deep cross that was bravely contested by O’Halloran. The Irishman collided with the post under pressure, though, before landing awkwardly on his ankle. Clearly unable to continue, he was replaced by Richards.

Ten minutes after the restart, Alexander Kačaniklić – who took another step towards full match fitness with his inclusion – collected David’s pass but spooned the ball over the crossbar from 10 yards.

The Sweden international was then withdrawn from the action, with Buomesca Tue Na Bangna taking his place on the wing.

On 65 minutes Plumain tried his luck with an audacious volley that thundered into the side-netting, before Richards went even closer with a low shot that crashed against the post.

The Whites were really turning the screw and the lively Plumain worked a promising opening for himself only to fire over, before he was set up by a great Noe Baba ball but miscued his shot from six yards out.

It was all Fulham in the closing stages but after failing to capitalise on a free-kick on the edge of the box in stoppage time, the final whistle was blown to condemn Peter Grant’s men to defeat.

Match Information

Competition: Barclays U21 Premier League

Date: Monday 12 January 2015
Kick-off: 7:00pm

Venue: Motspur Park, Surrey
Attendance: 120

Fulham U21s

Line-up: Rodak; Baba, Passley, Buatu, Evans; David, Sambou; O'Halloran (Richards 40'), Eisfeld, Kacaniklic (Mesca 60'); Plumain

Unused substitutes: Norman, Buffonge, Adeniran

Southampton U21s

Line-up: Cropper (Britt 9'); Flannigan, Mugabi, McCarthy, Debayo; Hesketh, Cork (Willard 46'), Gape; McQueen, Seager, Sims

Unused substitutes: Mason, Barnes, Little

Fulham U21s (4-2-3-1)
  • 1Marek Rodak
  • 2Noe Baba
  • 6Joshua Passley
  • 5Jonathan Buatu
  • 3Jordan Evans
  • 10Chris David
  • 4Solomon Sambou
  • 8Dean O'Halloran
  • 7Thomas Eisfeld
  • 11Alexander Kacaniklic
  • 9Ange-Freddy Plumain
  • 12Magnus Norman
  • 14Tom Richards
  • 17DJ Buffonge
  • 16Dennis Adeniran
  • 15Mesca
Southampton U21s (4-3-3)
  • 1Cody Cropper
  • 2Jake Flannigan
  • 5Bevis Mugabi
  • 6Jason McCarthy
  • 3Josh Debayo
  • 10Jake Hesketh
  • 8Jack Cork
  • 4Dominic Gape
  • 7Sam McQueen
  • 9Ryan Seager
  • 11Josh Sims
  • 12Niall Mason
  • 13Will Britt
  • 14Harley Willard
  • 15Marcus Barnes
  • 16Armani Little