Woodrow 18mins, Dalle Verde 55mins, Tankovic 78mins.
Nemane 70mins, 85mins
- Match reports
- Sat 22 Sep 2012, 1:31PM
- Posted by Mark Booth
Despite a brilliant second half performance and a dream debut for Aaron Nemane, City went down 3-2 to Fulham at Motspur Park on Saturday afternoon.
14-year old Nemane, who has shone in the early weeks of the season for the under-16s, came on as a second half substitute but the winger's two goals were not enough to claim a point against early season pace-setters Fulham.
City were able to call upon the services of England youth international Dominic McHale for the first time this season after he recovered from a long-term injury but Fulham made it four wins from four despite the Blues’ brilliant second half performance.
Fulham have swept all before them away so far this season, hitting the back of the net 16 times in just three games, so the narrow nature of the scoreline, the valiant defending on show as well as the the players returning from injury and making debuts meant that it was a defeat that almost felt like a win for the Blues.
Fulham dominated possession in the first half and took the lead after 18 minutes. Good work from Pat Roberts gave top scorer Cauley Woodrow the chance to tuck home his seventh goal of the season from close range.
Shortly after half-time the hosts doubled their advantage through Lyle Della Verde who collected a pass from George Williams before unleashing an unstoppable drive into the top corner from 25 yards.
City were outstanding in the second half, especially when you consider the young average age of the squad.
This impressive performance earned its reward when Nemane capped a fine counter attacking move with a clinical finish to half the deficit with 20 minutes left.
Only Max Oberschmidt in the Fulham goal denied City a deserved equaliser when he rushed off his line to keep Sinan Bytiqi from notching his first City goal on another good counter.
As so often is the case at 2-1, the next goal in the match was going to be the crucial one and unfortunately for City, it was Fulham’s Muamer Tankovic who got it on the 80 minute mark.
But no-one gave Nemane that script and the talented forward got his second of the game with a header to set up a nervy denouement for Steve Wrigley’s Fulham side.
City are next in action at home to Crystal Palace on Saturday morning.