It looks like Marcello Trotta can’t stop scoring at the moment. His name was on the lips of Fulham fans after his starring performance for the Under-18s in their FA Youth Cup defeat by Aston Villa a few weeks ago and the young Italian produced another fine performance to see off Cardiff City at Motspur Park today.

Trotta scored a hat-trick as Gary Brazil’s youngsters secured a thrilling 3-2 over Cardiff – and his late third proved to be vital. It would be churlish not to mention two terrific goal-line clearances from the excellent captain Aaron Pierre as the youngsters continued an impressive season with a win.

FULHAM UNDER 18s: Bettinelli; Pritchard, Marquez-Sanchez, Pierre, Maloney; Dean, Frei, Harris, Reece; Payne, Trotta.