Friday 11 August 2017, 2:00pm at Motspur Park, Surrey
Fulham FC
Fulham
1
Humphrys 57'
Middlesbrough
2
Reading 45'+1; Tavernier 56'

57' Goal

Stephen Humphrys

46' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Elijah Adebayo
Off:Cauley Woodrow

45'+1 Goal

Patrick Reading

56' Goal

Macus Tavernier

78' Yellow Card

Tom Brewitt Card was given for a foul

67' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Jay Wilson
Off:Enes Mahmutovic

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Fulham lost their PL2 season opener 2-1 to Middlesbrough at home in a close game.

Fulham lost their PL2 season opener 2-1 to Middlesbrough at home in a close game. After going two goals down, Stephen Humphrys scored to bring the Whites back into the game, but couldn’t salvage any points.

The first chance of the game fell to Cauley Woodrow, from 35 yards out he elected to go for goal but a Boro defender got his head in the way to block his effort.

Straight down the other end of the pitch Middlesbrough won a corner, and Matt O’Riley made a block of his own to keep a strike out.

In the 8th minute, Middlesbrough’s Mikael Soisalo ran direct towards goal from the right wing. He hooked a shot wide of the right post, with Magnus Norman covering well.

Two minutes later Sean Kavanagh won possession in midfield and threaded a ball to Woodrow, he shot again from distance, and the Boro keeper Aynsley Pears collected with ease.

Jon Dagur Thorsteinsson won a free kick 30 yards out. Both he and Humphrys stood over the ball, and the Icelandic man played it short to Humphrys, he in turn fired just over the bar, not missing the target by much.

Twenty minutes into the contest and Aron Davies slotted a fantastic long through ball to Wiliams. The Welshman cut in on his defender, but instead of shooting deftly passed outside to Thorsteinsson. His low cross was cleared, but it was a well worked move from the Whites.

Moments later, Williams found space down the left and blasted an effort into the side netting.

The best chance of the half came for the Whites from a corner in the 24th minute. O’Riley curled a good corner into the box, and Jerome Opoku lost his marker. With the ball at an awkward height he could only steer his effort over the bar.

Middlesbrough got more of a grip on the game winning a succession of corners and putting Fulham under pressure, which led to a good chance. Their striker worked his way into the box and shot for the bottom right corner, Norman made a good a low diving save to keep the score level.

The second half started promisingly for the Whites. Mattias Kait tried to squeeze a header past the keeper at the near post, and Kavanagh made a mazy run into the box, passing to Steven Sessegnon who blasted over the bar.

In the 56th minute the game erupted. The first chance of the half came from a scything through ball from Boro, Tavernier shot first time past Norman to double their advantage.

Straight from kick off the Whites had their own response, Humphrys fired from the edge of the box into the top corner, bringing the deficit back to one, capping off a hectic few minutes.

The last 20 minutes the Whites piled on pressure, committing men forward and leaving themselves exposed. Fulham won a succession of free kicks, but Humphrys couldn’t find the target again.

In the final moments, the crowd though Thorsteinsson had levelled. Kait hooked a clearance back into the packed box, and Thorsteinsson header missed by inches, denying the Whites the point they were looking for.

Match Information

Competition: PL2, Division 2

Date: Friday 11 August 2017
Kick-off: 2:00pm

Venue: Motspur Park, Surrey

Fulham

Line-up: Norman; Sessegnon, Davies, Opoku, Kavanagh; Humphrys, O'Riley; Kait, Williams, Thorsteinsson; Woodrow (Adebayo 46')

Unused substitutes: Ashby-Hammond, Nabay, Andrason, Pearce

Manager: Peter Grant

Middlesbrough

Line-up: Pears; Goode, Brewitt, Mahmutovic (Wilson 67'), McGinley; Tavernier, Liddle; Soisalo, Wing, Reading; Miller

Unused substitutes: Armstrong, Curry, James

Fulham (4-2-3-1)
  • 1Magun Norman
  • 2Steven Sessegnon
  • 5Aron Davies
  • 6Jerome Opoku
  • 3Sean Kavanagh
  • 8Stephen Humphrys
  • 4Matt O'Riley
  • 7Mattias Kait
  • 10George Williams
  • 11Jon Dagur Thorsteinsson
  • 9Cauley Woodrow
Substitutes
  • 12Taye Ashby-Hammond
  • 14Foday Nabay
  • 15Atli Andrason
  • 16Elijah Adebayo
  • 17Isaac Pearce
Manager
  • Peter Grant
Middlesbrough (4-2-3-1)
  • 1Aynsley Pears
  • 2Harry Goode
  • 5Tom Brewitt
  • 6Enes Mahmutovic
  • 3Nathan McGinley
  • 8Macus Tavernier
  • 4Ben Liddle
  • 7Mikael Soisalo
  • 10Lewis Wing
  • 11Patrick Reading
  • 9George Miller
Substitutes
  • 12Luke Armstrong
  • 14Mitchell Curry
  • 15Jay Wilson
  • 21Brad James