Friday 18 September 2015, 7:00pm at Motspur Park, Surrey
Fulham FC
Fulham U21s
o.g. Lavelle 63'; de la Torre 74'; Kait 89'
Blackburn Rovers
Blackburn Rovers U21s

63' Own-goal

Sam Lavelle

74' Goal

Luca de la Torre
Assist by Ryheem Sheckleford

89' Goal

Mattias Kait
Assist by Jordan Evans

46' Substitution

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

81' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Shane Elworthy
Off:Tayo Edun

87' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Harrison Paton
Off:Luca de la Torre

17' Substitution

Player was substituted due to an injury
On:Lewis Hardcastle
Off:David Carson

53' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Jack Doyle
Off:Modou Cham

81' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Lewis Mansell
Off:Scott Wharton

Fulham Under-21s recorded their second win in a week with a 3-0 victory over Blackburn Rovers at Motspur Park.

Fulham Under-21s recorded their second win in a week with a 3-0 victory over Blackburn Rovers to send them third in the Barclays U21 Premier League Division 2.

It was the proverbial game of two halves at Motspur Park. The first was mostly played in the midfield, with both sides finding it testing to break through the organised and resolute defences. The second was a lot more open and this is when Fulham took control.

An own goal, Luca de la Torre’s cool finish and Mattias Kait’s late strike were enough to see the Whites past Blackburn Rovers in convincing style.

After having one chalked off for offside in the sixth minute, Blackburn had the first sight at goal just two minutes later. After the Fulham defence dispossessed  Modou Cham cutting in from the left, the ball fell invitingly for Willem Tomlinson. The midfielder’s shot, though, flew comfortably wide.

Fulham came close in the 10th. A surging run from Kait carried him from the halfway line to the edge of Rovers’ box. A sharp exchange of passing left de la Torre with a shooting chance, but his 20-yard effort trickled wide of the post.

It was midway through the opening half though that the first real gasp of excitement came. Jordan Evans whipped a vicious ball into Dean O’Halloran, who was enclosing on the six-yard box. The ball managed to evade goalkeeper Ryan Crump but unfortunately Fulham’s number seven too, O’Halloran failing to get the vital touch that was needed.

Fulham came close twice in as many minutes shortly before the break. Firstly Kait put his header wide after Edun found him in space and that chance was quickly followed when de la Torre’s close-range prod was blocked by a last-ditch tackle in Blackburn’s box.

George Williams got another 45 minutes as he continued his comeback from injury. He came in for Josh Walker in the only change to Fulham’s starting line-up from Saturday’s victory at Stoke. Williams looked fresh and made some powerful runs in a match where he looked to take up a central role wherever possible.

The Welshman was replaced at half-time by Walker, who grabbed both the Whites’ goals just six days earlier, and he had an immediate impact. After a pacey run the 18-year old squared it well for de la Torre, but the American was again denied by the Blackburn defence. Kait came close once more from the resulting corner.

It was an intense start to the second spell and Blackburn were not without their chances. Devarn Green tested Marek Rodák with a stinging shot after five minutes but it was Fulham who looked the most threatening.

Walker and Evans were again looking a dangerous pair and almost combined on the hour mark. The left-back did brilliantly to shake off the challenges and hit the byline but Walker could not quite turn the ball goalwards with his header.

Peter Grant’s men took the lead in the 63rd minute. After cutting in from the right, Evans' ball into the box was sliced inadvertently backwards by Sam Lavelle to wrong-foot the goalkeeper and find its way in. It was a stroke of luck Fulham will feel they deserved after a persistent spell of pressure in a dominant opening to the second-half.

Blackburn responded well to the goal and Lavelle almost made amends five minutes later. A free-kick from deep was flicked on and the centre-back was left in space just ten yards out. He could only put his volley over though and Fulham retained their advantage.

Fulham were the more clinical side though and extended the lead in the 74th minute. Kait’s run left Ryheem Sheckleford with space on the right, and he drilled a low ball into the box. The delivery was met by de la Torre, who calmly tucked the ball into the near corner with the outside of his boot.

The victory was sealed in the 89th minute when Evans’ high cross was met by Kait, who notched a deserved goal.

Match Information

Competition: Barclays U21 Premier League Division 2

Date: Friday 18 September 2015
Kick-off: 7:00pm

Venue: Motspur Park, Surrey
Attendance: 128

Fulham U21s

Line-up: Rodàk; Sheckleford, Pino Soler, Burgess, Evans; Hyndman, Edun (Elworthy 81'); O'Halloran, de la Torre (Paton 87'), Kait; Williams (Walker 46')

Unused substitutes: Norman

Blackburn Rovers U21s

Line-up: Crump; Nyambe, Lavelle, Wharton (Mansell 81'), Edgar; Thomson, Tomlinson, Carson (Hardcastle 17'), Cham (Doyle 53'); Green, Forrester

Unused substitutes: Rittenberg, Fisher

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
  • 9George Williams
  • 12Magnus Norman
  • 14Shane Elworthy
  • 15Josh Walker
  • 16Harrison Paton
Blackburn Rovers U21s (4-4-2)
  • 1Ryan Crump
  • 2Ryan Nyambe
  • 5Sam Lavelle
  • 6Scott Wharton
  • 3Mark Edgar
  • 7Connor Thomson
  • 4Willem Tomlinson
  • 8David Carson
  • 11Modou Cham
  • 10Devarn Green
  • 9Anton Forrester
  • 12Dean Rittenberg
  • 13Andrew Fisher
  • 14Jack Doyle
  • 15Lewis Mansell
  • 16Lewis Hardcastle