Friday 16 October 2015, 7:00pm at Craven Cottage, London
Fulham FC
Fulham U21s
Newcastle United
Newcastle United U21s
Bigirimana 80'; Toney 87'

49' Yellow Card

Nikolay Bodurov Card was given for a foul

79' Yellow Card

Stephen Humphrys Card was given for a foul

46' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Aron Davies
Off:Ryheem Sheckleford

46' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Josh Walker
Off:Dean O'Halloran

60' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Stephen Humphrys
Off:Matt Smith

80' Goal

Gael Bigirimana

87' Goal

Ivan Toney

85' Yellow Card

Gael Bigirimana Card was given for a foul

60' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Dan Ward
Off:Liam Smith

Late goals by Gael Bigirimana and Ivan Toney saw Fulham fall to defeat to Newcastle at the Cottage.

Late goals by Gael Bigirimana and Ivan Toney saw Fulham fall to defeat to Newcastle at the Cottage.

Toney had gone close twice early on, before Callum Roberts clipped a post. George Williams, who played the full 90 minutes as he continued his comeback from injury, then struck the woodwork at the other end.

Toney forced another good stop from Marek Rodák, before Aaron Redford raced clear but saw his shot saved by the legs of Brendan Pearson.

Matt Smith played an hour on his return from a knee injury and his replacement, substitute Stephen Humphrys, missed a great chance, before Bigirimana curled home a free-kick on 79 minutes to put the visitors in front.

Toney then broke clear with three minutes to go to slot beyond Rodák and put the game to bed to earn Newcastle their first win of the season.

Captained by Dean O’Halloran, the Whites nearly fell behind in the opening minute when Toney went clear, but saw his shot tipped around the post by Rodák.

The young goalkeeper again kept Fulham level in the third minute, saving well from Sean Longstaff, before Toney turned the rebound over the bar.

In response, Williams put a free-kick narrowly wide of the post for Fulham in the fifth minute, before a Jordan Evans set-piece caused confusion in the Newcastle box, with Liam Gibson slicing a clearance over his own bar.

Newcastle were looking better than their league position suggested and in the 13th minute, the woodwork came to Fulham’s rescue when Roberts cut inside from the left but saw his shot come back off the near post.

Six minutes later, Bigirimana took aim from 25 yards and saw his shot drop narrowly wide of the far post.

Fulham almost went in front just before the half-hour mark. Williams let fly from just outside the area, but his vicious right-footed shot crashed back off the post.

At the other end, Nikolay Bodurov made a good tackle on Daniel Barlaser as the winger shaped to shoot, before what could have been a fruitful counter-attack by Fulham was ended by a cynical challenge by Jamie Sterry on Williams. Surprisingly, there was no booking for the Newcastle man.

After Bodurov gave away a free-kick just outside the area in the 39th minute, Rodák made another fine save to claw away Toney's curling effort.

The best chance of the half came for Fulham in the 42nd minute. Bodurov moved forward in possession and sent Redford clear with a great pass - but Pearson raced off his line to save the eventual shot with his legs.

Fulham made a double change at the break, with Aron Davies replacing Ryheem Sheckleford and Josh Walker coming on for O’Halloran.

Bodurov went into the book in the 49th minute for catching Toney from behind, before Shane Elworthy, who had switched to right-back following the introduction of Davies, almost got lucky with an attempted cross which looked to be going in until it was pushed away from under his bar by Pearson.

Fulham made their final change on the hour mark as Smith made way for Humphrys. The youngster should have scored with his first touch as he raced onto Foday Nabay’s pass but saw his effort well saved by Pearson.

Rodák then saved well when Toney looked poised to score and Gibson shot wide after meeting Barlaser’s delivery to the far post.

Humphrys went into the book in the 79th minute for catching Barlaser from behind. And from the resulting free-kick, Peter Beardsley’s side went in front as Bigirimana curled his effort over the wall and in.

Bigirimana went into the book for a foul on Williams in the 86th minute. Williams took the free-kick from 30 yards but saw his shot clip the wall and go behind. From the resulting corner, Newcastle made it 2-0 and game over as Toney broke clear and slid a shot beyond Rodák.

Evans saw a late effort tipped behind by Pearson but the final whistle sounded to send Fulham to a second successive defeat.

Match Information

Competition: Barclays U21 Premier League Division 2

Date: Friday 16 October 2015
Kick-off: 7:00pm

Venue: Craven Cottage, London
Attendance: 291

Referee: P Coggins

Fulham U21s

Line-up: Rodák; Sheckleford (Davies 46'), Elworthy, Bodurov, Evans; O'Halloran (Walker 46'), Smile, Nabay, Williams; Redford, Smith (Humphrys 60')

Unused substitutes: Dawber

Manager: Peter Grant

Newcastle United U21s

Line-up: Pearson; Sterry, Williams, Satka, Gibson; Longstaff, Bigirimana; Barlaser, Smith (Ward 60'), Roberts; Toney

Unused substitutes: Cameron, Newberry, Cobain

Fulham U21s (4-4-2)
  • 1Marek Rodák
  • 2Ryheem Sheckleford
  • 5Shane Elworthy
  • 6Nikolay Bodurov
  • 3Jordan Evans
  • 7Dean O'Halloran
  • 4Josh Smile
  • 8Foday Nabay
  • 11George Williams
  • 10Aaron Redford
  • 9Matt Smith
  • 12Andrew Dawber
  • 14Aron Davies
  • 15Stephen Humphrys
  • 16Josh Walker
  • Peter Grant
Newcastle United U21s (4-2-3-1)
  • 1Brendan Pearson
  • 2Jamie Sterry
  • 5Callum Williams
  • 6Lubomir Satka
  • 3Liam Gibson
  • 8Sean Longstaff
  • 4Gael Bigirimana
  • 7Daniel Barlaser
  • 10Liam Smith
  • 11Callum Roberts
  • 9Ivan Toney
  • 12Kyle Cameron
  • 14Michael Newberry
  • 15Jamie Cobain
  • 16Dan Ward