Fulham’s under 18s made it two wins from two on the club’s academy pre-season tour of Portugal with a 6-0 thrashing of Rio Ave’s under 19 side.

Ali Melloul’s side took little time to settle and were quickly the dominant force in the contest played in sapping heat. Delano McCoy-Splatt clipped a curling free-kick against the top of the crossbar but the young Whites – playing in a fetching pink kit – went in front after only eight minutes when Brad de Jesus fired home following a spot of pinball in the Rio Ave area.

Summer signing from Oldham Damon Park doubled the side with his first goal for Fulham on 20 minutes. The elegant centre half lashed in a superb rising drive into the top corner after de Jesus had glanced a deep corner back into Park’s path. It wasn’t all one way traffic with Fulham indebted to a fine save from Alfie McNally, who did brilliantly to divert a close range effort onto the frame of the goal, for keeping their clean sheet intact.

But the Londoners were always threatened further goals. A third arrived from the penalty spot courtesy of McCoy-Splatt after Terrell Works was upended in the area. Ollie Gofford made it 4-0 before half time with a lovely header over the stranded Rio Avenue goalkeeper, who must have been wondering why he’d risen from his bed by this point.

Fulham’s sense of adventure was only strengthened by several half-time substitutes. One of those introduced, forward Callum Osmand, was desperately unlucky not to score on two occasions, but he made up for it by scoring a stupendous fifth – which screamed into the top right hand corner from outside the box – and tapping into an unguarded net after a dreadful mistake by the unfortunate Rio Ave custodian.

FULHAM UNDER 18s (4-2-3-1): McNally; de Fougorelles, Nsasi, Park, Esenga; Parker, McCoy-Splatt; Gofford, Gordon, de Jesus; Works. Subs: Conway, Bogle-Campbell, Nwoko, Quashie, Loupalo-Bi.