Friday 17 April 2015, 1:00pm at Craven Cottage, London
Fulham FC
Fulham U21s
Sunderland U21s
Watmore 5', 45'+2

7' Substitution

Player was substituted due to an injury
On:Noe Baba
Off:Solomon Sambou

41' Substitution

Player was substituted due to an injury
Off:Larnell Cole

46' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Dean O'Halloran
Off:Ange-Freddy Plumain

5' Goal

Duncan Watmore
Assist by George Honeyman

45'+2 Goal

Duncan Watmore
Assist by Martin Smith

64' Yellow Card

Lynden Gooch Card was given for a foul

76' Yellow Card

Martin Smith Card was given for a foul

81' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Rees Greenwood
Off:George Honeyman

85' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Jordan Blinco
Off:Mikael Mandron

90' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Daniel Wright
Off:Duncan Watmore

Fulham U21s slipped to a 2-0 defeat to Sunderland at Craven Cottage on Friday afternoon.

Fulham Under-21s slipped to a 2-0 defeat to Sunderland at Craven Cottage on Friday afternoon.

Black Cats forward Duncan Watmore scored at the start and end of the first half to give the Whites too great a mountain to climb, although Moussa Dembélé went close in the second period with a bending strike that crashed against the post.

Watmore had the game’s first opening on four minutes but saw his well-struck low effort held by Marek Rodák, although he got the better of the Slovakian a minute later with a fine curling strike following a slick Sunderland counter attack.

Dembélé had his first sniff of goal on 12 minutes when Jordan Evans’ brilliant ball over the top sent him clear, only for Thomas McNamee to make a perfectly timed sliding tackle to rob him of the ball.

Tayo Edun then went close when he fizzed in a shot from 25 yards that deflected just wide of the near post, and Jonathan Buatu headed off target from the resultant corner.

The pressure continued and Dembélé wasn’t far away from an equaliser on 17 minutes when he cut inside and curled an effort towards the far post that missed by a matter of inches.

A significant chunk of the first half then passed without major incident, with George Honeyman’s wayward strike on 40 minutes the next effort of note.

And so it was a major body blow to the home side when Watmore grabbed his second deep into stoppage time, poking home from close range having met Martin Smith’s square ball across the face.

Dembélé almost brought his side back into it within four minutes of the restart, but after showing good skill on the edge of the box he watched as his curler hit the inside of the post and flew back out.

Liam Donnelly had a half chance on 71 minutes when he got on the end of Dembélé’s cross, but he was crowded out and couldn’t get enough on his shot to trouble Black Cats goalkeeper Jordan Pickford who saved easily.

Seven minutes later Jonathan Buatu made a strong connection with Evans’ corner, but could only direct it down into the grateful clutches of Pickford.

That proved to be the last decent opening of the game as the Whites failed to build on their excellent win at Liverpool last time out.

Match Information

Competition: Barclays U21 Premier League

Date: Friday 17 April 2015
Kick-off: 1:00pm

Venue: Craven Cottage, London
Attendance: 270

Fulham U21s

Line-up: Rodak; Sheckleford, Buatu, Donnelly, Evans; Sambou (Baba 7'), Edun; Roberts, Cole (Mesca 41'), Plumain (O'Halloran 46'); Dembélé

Unused substitutes: Norman, Smile

Sunderland U21s

Line-up: Pickford; Cartwright, McNamee, Beadling, Robson; Smith, Agnew, Honeyman (Greenwood 81'); Watmore (Wright 90'), Mandron (Blinco 85'), Gooch

Unused substitutes: Robson, Burke

Fulham U21s (4-2-3-1)
  • 1Marek Rodak
  • 2Ryheem Sheckleford
  • 5Jonathan Buatu
  • 6Liam Donnelly
  • 3Jordan Evans
  • 10Solomon Sambou
  • 8Tayo Edun
  • 4Patrick Roberts
  • 7Larnell Cole
  • 11Ange-Freddy Plumain
  • 9Moussa Dembélé
  • 12Magnus Norman
  • 14Dean O'Halloran
  • 16Noe Baba
  • 15Joshua Smile
  • 17Mesca
Sunderland U21s (4-3-3)
  • 1Jordan Pickford
  • 2Andrew Cartwright
  • 5Thomas McNamee
  • 6Thomas Beadling
  • 3Thomas Robson
  • 8Martin Smith
  • 4Liam Agnew
  • 10George Honeyman
  • 11Duncan Watmore
  • 9Mikael Mandron
  • 7Lynden Gooch
  • 12Joshua Robson
  • 13Peter Burke
  • 14Daniel Wright
  • 15Jordan Blinco
  • 16Rees Greenwood