Friday 27 September 2019, 12:00pm at Motspur Park, Surrey
Fulham FC
Fulham
2
Santos-Clase 21', 67'
Middlesbrough
4
Liddle (pen) 23', 26'; Malley 42'; Burrell 75'

21' Goal

Nicolas Santos-Clase
Assist by Ben Davis

67' Goal

Nicolas Santos-Clase
Assist by Martell Taylor-Crossdale

25' Yellow Card

Ben Tricker Card was given for a foul

46' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Sonny Hilton
Off:Ryan De Havilland

46' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Luca Murphy
Off:Ben Tricker

23' Penalty

Ben Liddle

26' Goal

Ben Liddle

42' Goal

Connor Malley

75' Goal

Rumarn Burrell
Assist by Nathan Wood

59' Yellow Card

Ben Liddle Card was given for a foul

70' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Nicholas Hood
Off:Nathan Dale

70' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Joseph Gibson
Off:Isiah Jones

85' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Jack Robinson
Off:Patrick Reading

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The Under-23s this time came out on the wrong end of another entertaining PL2 match against Middlesbrough at Motspur Park on Friday afternoon.

Santos-Clase's Brace Buried By Boro

Friday 27 September 2019 14:25

Main Action:

The Under-23s this time came out on the wrong end of another entertaining PL2 match against Middlesbrough at Motspur Park. 

Three goals in 20 first half minutes gave the boys a battle to fight in the second half despite Nicolas Santos-Clase’s brace.

Middlesbrough came at Fulham with a purpose that reflected their league position. Dan Dodds scampered down the right and stood up a cross which was acrobatically met by Isiah Jones. Luca Ashby-Hammond got down smartly to push the ball out and Cody Drameh showed excellent strength to repel the follow-up. 

Ashby-Hammond was again called into action as Jones was played through. The stopper showed excellent poise to deflect the ball behind for a corner.

Against the run of chances, Fulham took the lead with an inspired strike from Santos-Clase. The wide man cut in to fire into the top corner.

Boro immediately responded to dampen the spirits of the lads. Ben Liddle stepped up from the spot to level the game, then moments later sent a shot with the outside of his boot crashing into the top corner.

The openings were coming all too easily, Zico Asare needed to get a toe to a Dodds cross which almost diverted into his own net but for the reflexes of Ashby-Hammond. A misjudged back pass from Ben Tricker fell to Rumarn Burrell. His first shot was excellently saved but the follow up from Connor Malley found the net.

Fulham needed a goal after the break. They should have had one after Drameh’s dogged persistence found Martell Taylor-Crossdale who hit the post.

Again, dangerous balls into the box caused issues as Asare needed to be alert to stop Burrell gobbling up a tap-in. The resulting corner saw Nathan Dale hit the bar with a header.

Santos-Clase had another to his name to half the deficit after a nice one-two lead to him striking a half volley into the corner. Boro found their two-goal advantage again after Burrell instinctively slammed home a knock down from a corner.

What That Means:

Boro further consolidate their play-off place with a four-point cushion back to West Brom. Fulham remain ninth but wins for Newcastle and Norwich could put us into eleventh. 

Notable Talking Points:

  • Luca Murphy came off the bench to make his first Under-23s appearance following his excellent form in the Under-18s.
  • Santos-Clase netted his first brace since the PL Cup game at Colchester in February.

Match Information

Competition: PL2, Division 2

Date: Friday 27 September 2019
Kick-off: 12:00pm

Venue: Motspur Park, Surrey

Fulham

Line-up: Ashby-Hammond; Drameh, Asare, Tricker (Murphy 46'), Edun; Harris, De Havilland (Hilton 46'), Francois, Davis, Santos-Clase; Taylor-Crossdale

Unused substitutes: Wickens, Abraham

Middlesbrough

Line-up: Flatters; Dodds, Wood, Dale (Hood 70'), Reading (Robinson 85'); Jones (Gibson 70'), Hackney, Liddle, Wearne; Malley; Burrell

Unused substitutes: Balde, Swan

Fulham (4-5-1)
  • 1Luca Ashby-Hammond
  • 2Cody Drameh
  • 5Zico Asare
  • 6Ben Tricker
  • 3Tayo Edun
  • 7Jayden Harris
  • 4Ryan De Havilland
  • 10Tyrese Francois
  • 8Ben Davis
  • 11Nicolas Santos-Clase
  • 9Martell Taylor-Crossdale
Substitutes
  • 12George Wickens
  • 14Timmy Abraham
  • 15Sonny Hilton
  • 16Luca Murphy
Middlesbrough (4-4-1-1)
  • 1Harry Flatters
  • 2Daniel Dodds
  • 5Nathan Wood
  • 6Nathan Dale
  • 3Patrick Reading
  • 7Isiah Jones
  • 4Hayden Hackney
  • 8Ben Liddle
  • 11Stephen Wearne
  • 10Connor Malley
  • 9Rumarn Burrell
Substitutes
  • 12Nicholas Hood
  • 14Jack Robinson
  • 15Alberto Balde
  • 16Joseph Gibson
  • 21Oliver Swan
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