Friday 22 January 2016, 7:00pm at Motspur Park, Surrey
Fulham FC
Fulham U21s
Humphrys 24'
West Ham United
West Ham United U21s
Parfitt-Williams 38', 85'; Cullen (pen) 74'

24' Goal

Stephen Humphrys
Assist by Josh Smile

14' Substitution

Player was substituted due to an injury
On:Aron Davies
Off:Nikolay Bodurov

67' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Josh Walker
Off:Sakari Mattila

38' Goal

Djair Parfitt-Williams
Assist by Vashon Neufville

74' Penalty

Joshua Cullen

85' Goal

Djair Parfitt-Williams
Assist by Joshua Cullen

55' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Sam Ford
Off:Luka Belic

75' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Amos Nasha
Off:Jaanai Gordon

89' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Conor Coventry
Off:George Dobson

A young Fulham Under-21 side slipped to a 3-1 defeat to West Ham United at Motspur Park on Friday evening.

A young Fulham Under-21 side slipped to a 3-1 defeat to West Ham United at a clear, yet chilly Motspur Park on Friday evening.

Stephen Humphrys had given his team a dream start after an opening period where neither side settled into their rhythm, but Djair Parfitt-Williams’ effort meant the scores were level at the interval. Josh Cullen then put the Hammers in front from the penalty spot before Parfitt-Williams killed the game late on with his second of the night.

The early stages saw both teams eager to attack, with the visitors creating the first real chance after George Dobson dispossessed Sakari Mattila in midfield.

The Whites hit back with two quick attacks as Dennis Adeniran shot high and wide from 20 yards. With the next attack the impressive Josh Smile broke wide from midfield, moving into the channel before fizzing a ball into the West Ham box. The whip on the ball evaded the clutches of Sam Howes, allowing Humphrys to tap in from a yard out.

Fulham then took it to their visitors, as a long ball from substitute Aron Davies – who replaced the injured Nikolay Bodurov – was knocked down by Humphrys for Luca de la Torre who smash one against the bar.

After sustaining pressure on the Hammers, a surging run down the left from Vashon Neufville led to a cross-cum-shot that Davies could only direct as far as Parfitt-Williams who finished past Magnus Norman.

The second half started with the visitors asserting pressure onto the hosts, with Norman making a fine save following a rasping effort from right-back Alex Pike. As the visitors continued to press high Fulham remained resilient, breaking with pace and power.

As Fulham battled to secure a foothold in the game, a surging run by opposition scorer Parfitt-Williams led to Ian Pino Soler fouling the wide man in the box. Cullen stepped up to take the penalty, delicately placing the ball past Norman to give the visitors the lead.

10 minutes later the visitors doubled their advantage as the impressive Cullen found space to send a wicked cross into the near post, which Parfitt-Williams connected with to send the ball crashing into the top corner.

As the match drew to a close the Whites battled to close the deficit and a wonderful piece of individual skill from Humphrys brought the hosts only inches away from doing just that. After Shane Elworthy tore down the left hand side, his deep cross was controlled on the chest by the Fulham number nine who flicked up, spun and hammered a right footed volley against the post.

This was to be the final action as the referee blew the final whistle. Fulham put in an incredibly hard fought performance, so much so that the score line somewhat flattered the visiting Hammers.  

Match Information

Competition: Barclays U21 Premier League Division 2

Date: Friday 22 January 2016
Kick-off: 7:00pm

Venue: Motspur Park, Surrey
Attendance: 189

Fulham U21s

Line-up: Norman; Sheckleford, Pino Soler, Bodurov (Davies 14'), Elworthy; Mattila (Walker 67'), Smile; Voser, de la Torre, Adeniran; Humphrys

Unused substitutes: Dawber, Kwietniewski

West Ham United U21s

Line-up: Howes; Pike, Henry, Oxford, Neufville; Cullen, Dobson (Coventry 89'), Makasi; Gordon (Nasha 75'), Belic (Ford 55'), Parfitt-Williams

Unused substitutes: Brown, Onariase

Fulham U21s (4-2-3-1)
  • 1Magnus Norman
  • 2Ryheem Sheckleford
  • 5Ian Pino Soler
  • 6Nikolay Bodurov
  • 3Shane Elworthy
  • 8Sakari Mattila
  • 4Josh Smile
  • 7Kay Voser
  • 10Luca de la Torre
  • 11Dennis Adeniran
  • 9Stephen Humphrys
  • 12Andrew Dawber
  • 14Aron Davies
  • 15Josh Walker
  • 16Mikolaj Kwietniewski
West Ham United U21s (4-3-3)
  • 1Sam Howes
  • 2Alex Pike
  • 5Doneil Henry
  • 6Reece Oxford
  • 3Vashon Neufville
  • 10Joshua Cullen
  • 4George Dobson
  • 8Moses Makasi
  • 7Jaanai Gordon
  • 9Luka Belic
  • 11Djair Parfitt-Williams
  • 12Amos Nasha
  • 13Tim Brown
  • 14Sam Ford
  • 15Emmanuel Onariase
  • 16Conor Coventry