A brace from Olly Sanderson secured a comfortable 4-1 win for Fulham’s under 18s at West Brom this morning.
Fulham made a flying start when Sanderson converted a low cross from Mika Biereth, but were quickly pegged back from the penalty spot after young left back Stefan Parkes was penalised for handball. Sanderson notched his second with a composed finish at the back post after a swift Fulham back down the right flank and Irish youth international Ollie O’Neil went close to extending the visitors’ lead with a lovely curling effort that drifted just wide.
Steve Wigley’s side grabbed a third before the break from the penalty spot after a beautiful pass from Luciana D’Auria-Henry sent Biereth through on goal. The Polish forward was brought down by the goalkeeper and Adrion Pajaziti coolly converted the spot-kick.
The second period was devoid of clear cut chances until Matt Dibley-Dias unlocked the home defence with a clever pass and Biereth cut in from the right flank and fired clinically past the onrushing goalkeeper. The convincing win means that Fulham have won three of their first four league games this season and currently sit third in the table, with a game in hand on Tottenham and Aston Villa above them.
FULHAM U18s: Borto; D’Auria-Henry, Parkes, Antonsson, Araujo; Pajaziti, Dibley-Dias, O’Neill; Harris, Biereth, Sanderson. Subs: McNally, Lanquedoc, Olakigbe, Caton, Avenall.