Monday 22 February 2016, 1:00pm at Whitley Park, Newcastle
Newcastle United
Newcastle United U21s
Fulham FC
Fulham U21s
Kwietniewski 9'; Humphrys (pen) 32', 90'+2

9' Goal

Mikolaj Kwietniewski
Assist by Luca de la Torre

32' Penalty

Stephen Humphrys

90'+2 Goal

Stephen Humphrys

66' Yellow Card

Shane Elworthy Card was given for a foul

88' Yellow Card

Luca de la Torre Card was given for a foul

51' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Marlon Fossey
Off:Jon Dagur Thorsteinsson

69' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Josh Walker
Off:Aaron Redford

A fine team performance saw Fulham come away from Newcastle United with a comfortable 3-0 win on Monday afternoon.

A fine team performance saw Fulham Under-21s come away from Newcastle United with a comfortable 3-0 win on Monday afternoon.

Mikolaj Kwietniewski put the Whites in front early on with a cool finish. And Stephen Humphrys doubled the lead in the first half from the penalty spot after Kwietniewski had been fouled.

The second period was a tighter affair but it was Fulham who had the final say when Humphrys clinically capitalised on some poor defending in stoppage time.

Another huge fillip was the return of Marcus Bettinelli, with the Whites number one making two superb stops on his comeback from a long-term knee injury.

Humphrys and Jon Dagur Thorsteinsson had already gone close by the time the visitors went ahead with less than nine minutes played. Luca de la Torre waited for the opportune moment before splitting the defence as he played Kwietniewski in, and the Polish youngster calmly rolled the ball beyond Freddie Woodman in the Newcastle goal.

It could have been two shortly after. Humphrys saw his shot saved and the loose ball fell to de la Torre with Woodman exposed, but the midfielder’s effort was hacked away from near the line.

The Magpies threatened for the first time 18 minutes in when Sean Longstaff cut inside and curled in a fine effort that had Bettinelli beaten, only for it to crash back off the inside of the post.

And the woodwork count was one apiece just five minutes later when Aaron Redford hit a spectacular strike on the spin which smacked off the near upright.

Peter Grant’s side were attacking at will and another positive spell resulted in the award of a penalty when Kwietniewski’s feet were too quick for Ben Pollock. Humphrys took the spot-kick and planted the ball into the bottom right-hand corner, sending Woodman the wrong way.

A vicious attempt from Callum Williams that flew a yard over was the only other effort of note from either side in the opening 45.

Bettinelli’s first real test came seven minutes after the restart when Dan Barlaser bent a shot towards the top corner that the Fulham stopper managed to get fingertips to in order to push it onto the post. It was a fine save that didn’t look as though it had been made by someone who’d been injured for five months.

At the other end, Josh Smile had a 30-yarder beaten away by Woodman, before Humphrys struck the base of the post as Grant’s boys looked to kill the game once and for all.

Bettinelli made his second superb save of the afternoon with a quarter of an hour remaining. Adam Laidler made space for a shot and rifled in a low angled drive that the former England Under-21 international did brilliantly to get down to.

With five minutes left substitute Josh Walker crossed for Humphrys who controlled, turned and shot in one swift motion, drawing a fine stop from Woodman.

The Newcastle keeper then tipped Marlon Fossey’s strike from outside the area over the bar, but he was beaten again in stoppage time when Humphrys capitalised on a wayward clearance by smashing a low shot into the bottom corner to wrap up an excellent afternoon’s work.

Match Information

Competition: Barclays U21 Premier League Division 2

Date: Monday 22 February 2016
Kick-off: 1:00pm

Venue: Whitley Park, Newcastle
Attendance: 176

Newcastle United U21s

Team line-up is not available.

Fulham U21s

Line-up: Bettinelli; Sheckleford, Donnelly, Davies, Elworthy; Smile; de la Torre, Thorsteinsson (Fossey 51'); Kwietniewski; Redford (Walker 69'), Humphrys

Unused substitutes: Norman

Manager: Peter Grant

Newcastle United U21s (TBA)
      Fulham U21s (4-4-2 (Diamond))
      • 1Marcus Bettinelli
      • 2Ryheem Sheckleford
      • 6Liam Donnelly
      • 5Aron Davies
      • 3Shane Elworthy
      • 4Josh Smile
      • 7Luca de la Torre
      • 8Jon Dagur Thorsteinsson
      • 10Mikolaj Kwietniewski
      • 11Aaron Redford
      • 9Stephen Humphrys
      • 12Magnus Norman
      • 14Marlon Fossey
      • 15Josh Walker
      • Peter Grant