On-loan Fulham goalkeeper Jesse Joronen scored a bizarre goal for Stevenage on Saturday, finding the net with a long punt up field from just outside his own box.
The Fulham youngster was simply clearing the ball but the bounce was completely misjudged by opposite number Matt Ingram and went in to put his current side ahead.
Joronen revealed it was not the first time he had scored a goal after giving Stevenage the lead in their 2-1 win against Wycombe Wanderers today. The goalkeeper, who had just returned from representing his native Finland in their final European Championship qualifiers, scored after ten minutes when his long kick deceived Chairboys custodian Matt Ingram.
When asked if he had scored before, Joronen said: “One – plus that. That was back in Finland. I have to say I didn’t mean it to go that far. I was expecting the other keeper to catch it. “It was a little bit difficult when the wind is blowing like that. Afterwards I said to the Wycombe keeper ‘unlucky’ mate. It was not completely intentional but I’ll take it.”
A Fulham select XI falls to defeat against a lower league side for the second time out of two games, an 80th minute strike from Robin Shroot settling things. Seems as if the team I put up first time round was correct compared to the one offered by the Stevenage site but I appreciated the updates nonetheless. Read a report on the game on the official website here.
Reserve boss Billy Mckinlay had some words to say on the game:
“It was obviously disappointing to lose the match because we dominated the game territorially and were defensively solid. However we were not sharp enough in the final third, but that will come with the work we will be doing over the coming weeks. Overall it was a good shift for the players and a good physical workout. The players who were not involved in Thursday’s European game in Belfast saw action. They were supplemented by half a dozen younger players from our Development Squad.”
On Riise making his debut Mckinlay also said:
“John Arne Riise also played 60 minutes today, which was always the plan. I know he’s not done a great deal of training but he’s up and running now.”
I wonder if we’ll see Frei on Thursday after 3 starts so close together, it’ll be a shame if we don’t. The Fulham team that did play is as follows (although it doesn’t mention any of the substitutes we made and I only know of a couple):
STEVENAGE: Day (Julian), Henry, Laird (Harrison), Roberts, Bostwick, Mousinho, Murphy (Edwards), Wilson (Shroot), Myrie-Williams (Long), Beardsley (Reid), Thalassitis (Charles).
GOAL: Shroot (80).
FULHAM XI: Etheridge (Bettinelli 45); Kelly, Senderos, Halliche, John Arne Riise (Harris 60); Frei, Sidwell, Donegan, Smith; Dalla Valle, Trotta.
John Arne Riise makes his debut and Sidwell captains as Frei makes his third start in 8 days. The team in full is here*
Kelly – Halliche – Senderos – Riise
Marsh-Brown – Etuhu – Sidwell – Smith
*according to Stevenage, the team I put up before this one was apparently almost entirely wrong.
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Stevenage have confirmed that they will play Fulham in a pre-season friendly at the Lamex Stadium on Sunday 17 July.
The club, newly promoted to League One, released their pre-season fixtures this morning, which also include a visit from Premier League Arsenal. Should Fulham beat NSI Runavik in the first qualifying round of the Europa League, the second leg of the second round fixture against Northern Ireland outfit Crusaders is scheduled for July 14th. This would suggest that Martin Jol would most likely send a second-string side to Stevenage.