Thursday 28 January 2016, 1:00pm at Bodymoor Heath Training Ground, Bodymoor Heath
Aston Villa
Aston Villa U21s
1
Mason 38'
Fulham FC
Fulham U21s
0

38' Goal

Niall Mason

75' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Andre Green
Off:Henry Cowans

75' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Corey Blackett-Taylor
Off:Khalid Abdo

64' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Liam Donnelly
Off:Mikolaj Kwietniewski

83' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Elijah Adebayo
Off:Dennis Adeniran

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Fulham Under-21s were beaten 1-0 at Aston Villa in what was an evenly matched contest at Bodymoor Heath on Thursday afternoon.

Fulham Under-21s were beaten 1-0 at Aston Villa in what was an evenly matched contest at Bodymoor Heath on Thursday afternoon.

After a bright start by the hosts, Peter Grant’s boys took control of proceedings and had the game’s first chance in the seventh minute when Mikolaj Kwietniewski laid it off to Luca de la Torre who opened his body up and hit across the ball from 20 yards out, sending it crashing into a defender and behind.

Dennis Adeniran, too, had a shot deflected not long after, as he followed up a driving run with a low strike from an angle that whipped into the side-netting after clipping a Villa man.

The Villans’ first effort of note arrived just after the quarter-hour mark when Rory Hale volleyed wide from the corner of the penalty box.

But seconds later Fulham should have opened the scoring. Adeniran won possession and dribbled into the area before unselfishly squaring to Josh Walker, who had his close-range shot brilliantly blocked to save a certain goal.

Stephen Humphrys then sent a free-kick over the bar after de la Torre had been clipped just outside the box.

Villa showed they were not without their threat midway through the first half when Khalid Abdo was able to trap the ball in the area and swivel, only to send his shot over, before Kevin Toner did likewise after the Whites failed to clear a corner.

Just after the half-hour mark Fulham saw another golden opening pass them by. De la Torre sent in a sumptuous cross to Humphrys who had lost his marker, but the striker glanced his header wide of the target.

The deadlock was then broken six minutes later when Tom Leggett cut the ball back to Niall Mason who rifled through a cluster of bodies to find the bottom corner.

Fulham looked for a quick response in the second half and almost had it when a beautiful de la Torre pass found Walker who chested it down, but a defender recovered well to clear the danger.

It was nearly 2-0 moments later when Henry Cowans’ curling free-kick smashed the underside of the crossbar before bouncing onto the line. Jesse Joronen may well have got fingertips to it, and if he did it was a remarkable stop.

After an hour it was the Whites who went close with a set-piece. Humphrys got his effort up and over the wall, but home stopper Viktor Johansson got down well to his right to palm it away.

Captain Josh Smile then thought he’d equalised when his dipping strike from 20 yards looked set to find the postage stamp, but Johansson was there again to claw it away.

Villa were doing a good job of seeing the game out and a couple of half-chances for de la Torre in stoppage time were the closest Fulham came thereafter to taking anything from the match.

Match Information

Competition: Barclays U21 Premier League Division 2

Date: Thursday 28 January 2016
Kick-off: 1:00pm

Venue: Bodymoor Heath Training Ground, Bodymoor Heath

Aston Villa U21s

Line-up: Johansson; Leggett, Kinsella, Hale, Toner; Mason, Webb, Cowans (Green 75'), Sellars; Abdo (Blackett-Taylor 75'), Calder

Unused substitutes: Bannister, Swift, Suliman

Fulham U21s

Line-up: Joronen; Sheckleford, Davies, Pino Soler, Elworthy; Smile, de la Torre; Kwietniewski (Donnelly 64'), Adeniran (Adebayo 83'), Walker; Humphrys

Unused substitutes: Dawber

Manager: Peter Grant

Aston Villa U21s (4-4-2)
  • 1Viktor Johansson
  • 2Tom Leggett
  • 5Lewis Kinsella
  • 6Rory Hale
  • 3Kevin Toner
  • 7Niall Mason
  • 4Joshua Webb
  • 8Henry Cowans
  • 11Jerell Sellars
  • 10Khalid Abdo
  • 9Riccardo Calder
Substitutes
  • 12Corey Blackett-Taylor
  • 13Charlie Bannister
  • 14Andre Green
  • 15Ben Swift
  • 16Easah Suliman
Fulham U21s (4-2-3-1)
  • 1Jesse Joronen
  • 2Ryheem Sheckleford
  • 5Aron Davies
  • 6Ian Pino Soler
  • 3Shane Elworthy
  • 4Josh Smile
  • 7Luca de la Torre
  • 8Mikolaj Kwietniewski
  • 10Dennis Adeniran
  • 11Josh Walker
  • 9Stephen Humphrys
Substitutes
  • 12Andrew Dawber
  • 14Liam Donnelly
  • 15Elijah Adebayo
Manager
  • Peter Grant