Woodrow 2mins, 26mins & 51mins, Tankovic 44mins
- Match reports
- Sat 10 Nov 2012, 12:45PM
- Posted by Mark Booth
A hat-trick from Woodrow and a goal from Tankovic consigns City u18s to a 4-1 defeat in Saturday morning’s Barclays u18 Premier League clash.
Since their heavy opening day defeat to Chelsea, City U18s have never been shamed despite consistently naming significantly younger sides than their opposition and went into this match knowing a win could see them move up to second place.
Much of the team was made up of players who were used sparingly or were unused substitutes in the Elite Development Squad’s 3-2 defeat to Juventus on Thursday, meaning there were starts for Jack Byrne, George Glendon, Dominic McHale and Ashley Smith-Brown.
Adam Sadler’s men couldn’t have got off to a much worse start as they were carved open after two minutes with a flowing team move from the Cottagers.
Fulham’s Cauley Woodrow was on hand to head home from a sweeping cross which eluded everyone in the City back four.
City recovered and managed to find an equaliser after 24 minutes courtesy of McHale who showed his poacher’s instinct to capitalise on a defensive error to finish calmly but the team’s parity would only last two minutes.
Again, City were caught out by a cross into the box on a Fulham counter and Woodrow gratefully powered the ball home with a bullet header to double his tally.
While it was clear that both sides were capable of playing expansive, intelligent, patient football, Fulham seemed the more incisive team and from another cross on the stroke of half-time, they extended their advantage.
This time it was Tankovic who swivelled and sweetly struck a volley which was in the back of the net before Lawlor hit the ground.
Fulham’s dominance continued after the break and Woodrow completed his hat-trick from the penalty spot after 51 minutes.
Nathaniel Oseni was adjudged to have pulled the striker’s shirt in the penalty area and Woodrow picked himself up to take the penalty, sending City’s keeper the wrong way.
Aaron Nemane scored twice on his debut for City u18s against Fulham in the away fixture and he was introduced again after 55 minutes as the Blues sought to narrow the scoreline.
The 15-year old acquitted himself well after his introduction but Fulham were still the likelier to score again and on three occasions Lawlor pulled off fantastic saves to deny Tankovic his second goal.
As it was, Fulham had to settle for four and City u18s have two weeks to dust themselves down before travelling to South London to take on Crystal Palace on 24 November.