Wednesday 13 January 2016, 7:00pm at Rush Green, London
West Ham United
West Ham United U21s
Parfitt-Williams 16'; Lee 41', (pen) 100'
Fulham FC
Fulham U21s
Smith 10'; Kait 31'

16' Goal

Djair Parfitt-Williams

41' Goal

Elliot Lee

100' Penalty

Elliot Lee

59' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Moses Makasi
Off:Alex Song

79' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Alex Pike
Off:Jaanai Gordon

10' Goal

Matt Smith
Assist by Ian Pino Soler

31' Goal

Mattias Kait

83' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Stephen Humphrys
Off:Lucas De La Torre

95' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Aaron Redford
Off:George Williams

Fulham went out of the U21 Premier League Cup at the Fourth Round stage after an extra-time defeat at West Ham United.

Fulham saw their unbeaten run come to an end following a 3-2 loss at West Ham United after extra-time on a chilly Wednesday night in the U21 Premier League Cup.

An action-packed first half saw four goals, with West Ham twice fighting back from behind, first after a deflected Matt Smith strike and then following a neatly taken Mattias Kait shot after a goalmouth scramble. An extra-time penalty from Elliot Lee was the difference following a stagnant second half.

Peter Grant selected a handful of First Team stars. Smith led the line, with George Williams and Ben Pringle flanking him on each wing. West Ham also named a strong team including Alex Song and teenage starlet Reece Oxford.

The Whites started brightly and the first chance fell to Williams as he skipped effortlessly passed two West Ham defenders and cut in from the left flank. His attempted curled shot looked destined for the bottom corner, only to see Sam Howes make a smart save in the Hammers net.

The breakthrough came eight minutes later when a perfectly lofted throughball by Ian Pino Soler in behind the West Ham back four found Smith. With the West Ham defence reeling, Smith took a touch and steadied himself before firing a powerful right-footed shot on goal. His effort took a big deflection off a West Ham defender and found a way past a wrong-footed Howes.

The lead was short-lived as six minutes later Djair Parfitt-Williams was able to outleap everyone at a corner and head home past Magnus Norman, who had been untested up until that point.

Fulham were back in front on the half-hour mark. Pringle lined up a free-kick just outside the box which was palmed behind. The resulting corner was almost turned in by a defender. Howes did incredibly well to palm it clear but an opportunistic Kait was well positioned to slide home from three yards.

Moments later Fulham were unlucky not to go further in front as Williams initiated a two-on-one after beating two defenders and surging towards goal. Following a quick touch onto his left foot, his shot was well blocked behind for a corner.

The Whites were punished just before half-time when Lee lashed a shot in from just outside the box. With the temperature dropping, the referee blew his whistle to bring an end to an action-packed first half.

With Head Coach Slaviša Jokanović watching in the stands, it was West Ham who grabbed the initiative early on in the second half. A brilliant save by Norman from Josh Cullen kept the teams level and then moments later Williams saw a left-footed drive fly over the bar after some positive play from the Welshman.

Norman was again called into action in the 59th minute when he tipped a thunderous Parfitt-Williams strike onto the bar after some tricky footwork opened up space for him on the left-hand corner of the box.

It was West Ham who looked the more likely to progress to the next round but they squandered numerous chances in the closing stages to take the lead. The Whites stood firm and the match was sent to extra-time.

Not long after the match was back under way, Smith struck the post with a downward header from a corner.

But Fulham were behind moments later. Stephen Hendrie picked up the ball on the edge of the Whites box and was awarded a penalty after going down easily. Lee stepped up to take the penalty and slotted home into the bottom right-hand corner after sending Norman the wrong way.

As light rain began to fall, Fulham pressed for the equaliser but weren’t able to make inroads and pull things level to send the match to penalties. The Whites will have the chance to exact some revenge on the Hammers when they face them in the league next week.

Match Information

Competition: U21 Premier League Cup

Date: Wednesday 13 January 2016
Kick-off: 7:00pm

Venue: Rush Green, London

West Ham United U21s

Line-up: Howes; Knoyle, Chambers, Oxford (c), Hendrie; Gordon (Pike 79'), Song (Makasi 59'), Dobson, Parfitt-Williams; Cullen, Lee

Unused substitutes: Brown, Rice, Kemp

Fulham U21s

Line-up: Norman; Sheckleford, Pino Soler, Bodurov, Elworthy; De La Torre (Humphrys 83'), Smile(c), Kait, Pringle; Williams (Redford 95'); Smith

Unused substitutes: Dawber, Adebayo

West Ham United U21s (4-4-2)
  • 1Sam Howes
  • 2Kyle Knoyle
  • 5Leo Chambers
  • 6Reece Oxford (c)
  • 3Stephen Hendrie
  • 7Jaanai Gordon
  • 4Alex Song
  • 8George Dobson
  • 11Djair Parfitt-Williams
  • 10Josh Cullen
  • 9Elliot Lee
  • 12Moses Makasi
  • 13Tim Brown
  • 14Declan Rice
  • 15Alex Pike
  • 16Dan Kemp
Fulham U21s (4-4-1-1)
  • 1Magnus Norman
  • 2Ryheem Sheckleford
  • 5Ian Pino Soler
  • 6Nikolai Bodurov
  • 3Shane Elworthy
  • 7Lucas De La Torre
  • 4Josh Smile(c)
  • 8Mattias Kait
  • 11Ben Pringle
  • 10George Williams
  • 9Matt Smith
  • 12Andrew Dawber
  • 14Aaron Redford
  • 15Stephen Humphrys
  • 16Elijah Adebayo