Fulham cruised through to the fifth round of the FA Youth Cup with a 5-1 win at Peterborough United this evening.
After a tight first half, Kit Symons’ side took the lead shortly after the break. Israeli midfielder Omri Altman opened the scoring after some impressive build-up play involving Charles Banya and Cauley Woodrow. The former Luton striker doubled Fulham’s lead with a superb finish after he had been played in by Altman, but was later substituted after suffering a knee injury. After the game, it was revealed that Woodrow’s early withdrawal was a precautionary measure and the youngster had not suffered a serious injury.
The home side, who had matched Fulham in the first period, got a goal back through a cleverly-worked indirect free-kick that was fired home by Jacob Joyce and Posh had a strong shout for a penalty turned down when Alex Brister appeared to handle in the box. As Peterborough pressed for an equaliser, Fulham finished the contest on the counter attack. Swedish substitute Maumer Tankovic curled in a third, bending a terrific shot past Alex Arthur from the edge of the box.
The 16 year-old then grabbed a second when he pounced on a poor clearance from the goalkeeper with a perfectly judged lob. Tankovic wasn’t finished there either – he released Soloman Sambou for the fifth, which was harsh on Peterborough. Fulham will face either Swindon or Manchester City in the next round.
PETERBOROUGH UNDER-18s: Archer, Richens (Hendry), Sage, Wickham, Grant, Nthle, Shove, Lawlor (Wright), Gordon-Hutton (Evans), Wood, Joyce. Subs (not used) Coulson, Lynch.
FULHAM UNDER-18s: Smith, Brister, Kavanagh, Minkwitz, Sambou, O’Reilly, Della Verde, Bettache (Passley 60), Woodrow (Tankovic 74), Altman, Banya (Tieku 85).