Friday 19 September 2014, 7:00pm at Motspur Park, Surrey
Fulham FC
Fulham U21s
Trotta 52'
West Ham United
West Ham United U21s
Lee 54'

52' Goal

Marcello Trotta
Assist by Jordan Evans

12' Substitution

Player was substituted due to an injury
On:Dean O'Halloran
Off:Ange-Freddy Plumain

46' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Jonathan Mananga Buatu
Off:Joshua Passley

54' Goal

Elliot Lee
Assist by Sebastian Lletget

16' Substitution

Player was substituted due to an injury
On:Amos Nasha
Off:Josh Cullen

Fulham’s Under-21s continued their unbeaten start to the new season with a 1-1 draw at home to West Ham.

Marcello Trotta was on target as Fulham’s Under-21s continued their unbeaten start to the new season with a 1-1 draw at home to West Ham United on Friday evening.

Under the guidance of Peter Grant following Kit Symons’ elevation to Caretaker Manager of the First Team, the Under-21s were unchanged from the side that won 2-0 at Leicester City on Monday.

And Grant’s side almost took an early lead only for Lyle Della Verde’s shot to flash just wide in the fourth minute. West Ham then got on top and Fulham were dealt a blow in the 12th minute when flying forward Ange-Freddy Plumain limped off with what looked like a hamstring injury. The young Frenchman was replaced by Dean O’Halloran.

The Whites should have gone in front on the half-hour mark when Stephen Arthurworrey’s long ball sent Buomesca Tué Na Bangna scampering clear of the West Ham defence only for his first touch to let him down, allowing the visitors to clear the danger.

West Ham almost pinched the lead on the stroke of half-time when Elliot Lee ran onto Ravel Morrison’s pass but the striker saw his effort from a tight angle comfortably held by Marek Rodàk.

Fulham made another change at the break with Josh Passley replaced by Jonathan Mananga Buatu. Jack Grimmer switched to right-back.

And the Whites went in front in the 52nd minute with a fine goal. Della Verde found Jordan Evans wide on the left and the Welshman hit a sublime deep cross to the far post where Trotta rose majestically to head back across the goalkeeper and into the net.

Fulham’s joy was short-lived, however, as West Ham drew level two minutes later, Lee reacting quickest to get to Sebastian Lletget's cross from the left to slot home.

As the game opened up, West Ham’s Reece Oxford went close with a header, before Rodàk collected a Lee cross with Morrison and Lletget waiting to pounce.

The Hammers were finishing the game the stronger side. Morrison saw a shot blocked and Lee’s audacious backheel was then pounced on by Rodàk at the second attempt.

Tom Richards could have won it for Fulham at the death but his point-blank header from Evans’ cross went wide of the target.

Match Information

Competition: Barclays U21 Premier League

Date: Friday 19 September 2014
Kick-off: 7:00pm

Venue: Motspur Park, Surrey
Attendance: 186

Referee: Andrew Laver

Fulham U21s

Line-up: Rodak; Passley (Buatu 46'), Grimmer, Arthurworrey, Evans; Na Bangna, Sambou, Della Verde, Richards; Plumain (O'Halloran 12'); Trotta

Unused substitutes: Norman, Baba, De La Torre

West Ham United U21s

Line-up: Spiegel; Knoyle, Oxford, Brown, Page; Cullen (Nasha 16'), Whitehead; Bywater, Morrison, Lletget; Lee

Unused substitutes: Mavila, Boness, Harney, Gordon

Fulham U21s (4-4-1-1)
  • 1Marek Rodak
  • 2Joshua Passley
  • 6Jack Grimmer
  • 14Stephen Arthurworrey
  • 15Jordan Evans
  • 17Buomesca Tue Na Bangna
  • 8Solomon Sambou
  • 10Lyle Della Verde
  • 11Tom Richards
  • 7Ange-Freddy Plumain
  • 9Marcello Trotta
  • 12Magnus Norman
  • 14Jonathan Mananga Buatu
  • 15Noe Baba
  • 16Dean O'Halloran
  • 17Luca De La Torre
West Ham United U21s (4-2-3-1)
  • 1Raphael Spiegel
  • 2Kyle Knoyle
  • 5Reece Oxford
  • 6Reece Brown
  • 3Lewis Page
  • 8Josh Cullen
  • 4Danny Whitehead
  • 7Kieran Bywater
  • 10Ravel Morrison
  • 11Sebastian Lletget
  • 9Elliot Lee
  • 12Nathan Mavila
  • 13Danny Boness
  • 14Amos Nasha
  • 15Jamie Harney
  • 16Jaanai Gordon