Fabio Carvalho grabbed a hat-trick as Fulham’s under 23s put six past Reading in their first pre-season friendly this morning.
The England youth international was in sparkling form – picking up from where he left off after being voted Fulham’s scholar of the year and signing a professional contract in May. Ben Davis and Jean-Pierre Tiehi added further goals as the visitors eased to a comfortable victory. The Fulham side featured former Chelsea defender Jordan Aina.
Reading made a bright start with Taye Ashby-Hammond called into action on a couple of occasions before Fulham took the lead when a smart free-kick saw Davis drive home from just outside the box. A tremendous through ball from Tiehi then released Carvalho, who rounded the goalkeeper with consummate ease and rolled in a second.
Carvalho then produced a beautiful curler from distance after being fed by summer signing Ziyad Larkeche to make it three and completed his hat-trick with another fine finish from a move featuring Ollie O’Neil and Terry Ablade. He netted a fourth before Tiehi then grabbed a goal for himself by robbing a Reading defender of possession, racing in on goal and finishing with real confidence.
FULHAM UNDER 23s: T. Ashby-Hammond; Duru, Larkeche, Aina, Odutayo; De Havilland, Harris, Davis; Carvalho, Ablade, Tiehi. Subs: Las, O’Neill, Hilton.