Saturday 12 September 2015, 2:00pm at bet365 Stadium, Stoke
Stoke City
Stoke City U21s
Telford 88'
Fulham FC
Fulham U21s
Walker 14', 39'

88' Goal

Dominic Telford

70' Yellow Card

Eddy Lecygne Card was given for a foul

76' Yellow Card

Johnville Renee Pringle Card was given for a foul

65' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Joel Taylor
Off:Peter Odemwingie

78' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Mark Waddington
Off:George Waring

14' Goal

Josh Walker

39' Goal

Josh Walker

59' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:George Williams
Off:Josh Walker

89' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Shane Elworthy
Off:Luca de la Torre

A first-half brace from Josh Walker saw Fulham notch a 2-1 win at the Britannia Stadium.

A first-half brace from Josh Walker saw Fulham Under-21s notch their second victory of the season, winning 2-1 at Stoke City’s Britannia Stadium.

Making the step up from the Under-18s, Walker looked lively from the start and determined to make an impression, which he certainly did. Both his goals came from the left, in a match where a well-organised Fulham defended resolutely and flooded forward in numbers when on the attack.

Full-back Jordan Evans was particularly impressive with a number of charging runs and he too was involved in both goals. The home side clawed one back in the dying stages but this was merely a consolation as the Fulham defence stood firm.

Stoke made an attacking start but couldn’t find a way past Marek Rodák in the Fulham goal. Two powerful strikes from both Oliver Shenton and Peter Odemwingie in the opening 10 minutes forced impressive diving saves out of the Slovakian goalkeeper as the home side were quick out of the traps.

Fulham’s first chance came in the 13th minute. Mattias Kait did well to craft some space on the right, though his teasing cross narrowly evaded the advancing Walker.

But the Whites’ number nine had his chance just a minute later. Evans’ cross from the left caused confusion in the Stoke box and Walker was the first to pounce. The forward latched onto the loose ball and confidently stroked home.

It was an even first half with both sides showing a lot of attacking intent. Whilst the home side edged possession, Fulham’s attacking play always looked the most dangerous and the lead was doubled in the 39th minute as Evans and Walker were involved once more.

An adventurous forward run from the left-back found him with space in the Potters box and he calmly turned to feed Dean O’Halloran. His excellent low ball was driven across goal to leave Walker with a tap-in for his second of the match.

Fulham’s double scorer made way in the 59th minute and was replaced by George Williams, who was returning after six months on the sidelines with a cruciate knee ligament injury.

The Welsh winger looked sharp and it took him just eight minutes to make an impact. Cutting in from the left-hand side, he produced a thumping 20-yard effort to force a one-handed diving save from Dale Eve in the Stoke goal. The rebound was collected by Fulham, but the shot was blocked and danger cleared.

Rodák remained relatively untroubled for most of the second half, but he did have to make a good save as the game approached the final 15 minutes. Dominic Telford’s 30-yard free-kick looked to be creeping into the bottom corner before the goalkeeper scrawled across to parry away.

There was nothing he could do about Stoke’s goal, though. A testing cross from Joel Taylor found Telford, who fired home from close range in the 88th minute.

That proved to be little more than a consolation for the hosts, however, as Fulham defended strongly to ensure their afternoon was not ruined. A deserved victory for Peter Grant’s men saw them leapfrog Stoke in the Barclays U21 Premier League Division Two table.

Match Information

Competition: Barclays U21 Premier League Division 2

Date: Saturday 12 September 2015
Kick-off: 2:00pm

Venue: bet365 Stadium, Stoke

Stoke City U21s

Line-up: Eve; Pringle, Edwards, Teixeira, Moseley; Molina, Lecygne; Odemwingie (Taylor 65'), Shenton, Telford; Waring (Waddington 78')

Unused substitutes: Gyollai, Banks, O'Reilly

Fulham U21s

Line-up: Rodàk; Sheckleford, Pino Soler, Burgess, Evans; Hyndman, Edun; O'Halloran, de la Torre (Elworthy 89'), Kait; Walker (Williams 59')

Unused substitutes: Dawber, Paton

Stoke City U21s (4-2-3-1)
  • 1Dale Eve
  • 2Johnville Renee Pringle
  • 5Liam Edwards
  • 6Dionatan Teixeira
  • 3Bobby Moseley
  • 8Sergio Molina
  • 4Eddy Lecygne
  • 7Peter Odemwingie
  • 10Oliver Shenton
  • 11Dominic Telford
  • 9George Waring
  • 12Joel Taylor
  • 13Dan Gyollai
  • 14Mark Waddington
  • 15Lewis Banks
  • 16Ryan O'Reilly
Fulham U21s (4-2-3-1)
  • 1Marek Rodàk
  • 2Ryheem Sheckleford
  • 5Ian Pino Soler
  • 6Cameron Burgess
  • 3Jordan Evans
  • 4Emerson Hyndman
  • 8Tayo Edun
  • 7Dean O'Halloran
  • 10Luca de la Torre
  • 11Mattias Kait
  • 9Josh Walker
  • 12Andrew Dawber
  • 14Shane Elworthy
  • 15George Williams
  • 16Harrison Paton