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Boa Morte scores for reserves in 4-2 win

last updated Wednesday 29th August 2001, 10:16 AM
Fulham Res 4 Derby County Res 2
FA Premier Reserve League (Southern Section)

Fulham’s Reserve team kicked off their season with a fine attacking display against Derby County in front of an enthusiastic crowd at the Kingfield Stadium, Woking on Tuesday evening.

The Whites were boosted by the return from suspension of striker Luis Boa Morte and it was the maverick Portuguese International who was characteristically involved in the first piece of noteworthy action as early as the first minute.

Defender Zat Knight played a long ball over the top of the Rams midfield that found Boa Morte in an unmarked position. His attempted long-range flick over the head of Lee Grant went just inches wide but served as an early warning to the visitors that Boa was back and hungry for goals...

Ironically, Fulham’s first team faced the same opposition last Saturday but that is where any similarity between the two encounters ended as both teams, particularly Fulham, carved out chance after chance throughout the first period.

On 15 minutes Fulham deservedly took the lead. A corner kick was met by the head of Knight who’s goal-bound header spun off Otto Bragstad to find its way into the top corner of the net.

The watching crowd of 377 were already aware that this was clearly going to be an evening of goals and chances created, and within 6 minutes of the Whites taking the lead, they found themselves surprisingly chasing the game by the odd goal.

On 18 minutes Wendy Toms awarded Derby a free-kick just to the left of the Fulham penalty area which was taken short and quickly for Lee Morris to shoot home with power and accuracy.

Three minutes later the Rams took the lead with the Fulham defence still possibly debating how the equaliser had been conceded.

Poor defensive work led to a Derby corner kick, and after a neat flick-on Rams Skipper Steve Elliot fired in another low hard drive that found it’s way past Marcus Hahnemann and into to bottom left-hand corner.

Kevin Betsy went close to levelling the scoreline on 25 minutes when a long-range effort whizzed inches past the post.

Kieran McAnespie was replaced by Mark Hudson on 30 minutes after appearing to say something to annoy Referee Toms who had a good game in charge.

On 32 minutes probably the best move of the match started with Fulham’s American International Eddie Lewis picking up the ball just inside his own half. He split the Rams defence with an inch-perfect pass to find Andrejs Stolcers who neatly slotted the ball home from around the penalty spot.

Kevin Betsy received a yellow card after laying down the law obviously too strongly for Toms liking, shortly before a long-range Lewis free kick was nearly tapped home by the onrushing Cornwall after Grant had failed to hold the American’s powerful effort.

Fulham regained the lead on 37 minutes through the ever-threatening Luis Boa Morte. He picked up the ball down the Fulham left hand side, cleverly skipped past two defenders before his shot skimmed off the post into the back of the net to make it 3-2.

Among the nights spectators was former Fulham Manager Micky Adams who must have wondered what it might have been like to be able to field a Fulham reserve team with an estimated value of £15 million pounds.

Adams would have been impressed with his old Club’s work rate and commitment as the 3-2 lead was taken into the half-time break.

On 49 minutes Paul Trollope and Zat Knight clashed heads in the Fulham penalty area whilst trying to clear their lines. Thankfully neither appeared any the worse for wear after brief treatment.

Alan Neilson, skipper for the night and on a month-to-month contract with the Club looked solid as ever marshalling the Fulham midfield. He cleared any danger on 51 after Valakari threatened to pull the Rams level.

Luis Boa Morte nearly added Fulham’s 4th after intercepting a poor back pass before Hudson then received a yellow for a late challenge on the halfway line.

Knight went close again with another header from a Fulham corner, proving that he'll be a big danger at set pieces. Luke Cornwall was replaced by Elvis Hammond on 61 after tireless running throughout the match had seemingly emptied his tank.

Betsy had a great chance to put the game beyond Derby shortly after the hour when he skipped past three defenders into the box only to see his shot cannon agonisingly off the post and cleared to safety.

Fulham were threatening to extend their lead and two corners in quick succession clearly had the Rams defence ruffled.

Boa Morte then won a penalty for the home side after being upended in the area but his poor left footed effort was easily saved by Grant who only needed to drop down to his left hand side to easily save a soft effort.

On 75 Minutes Calum Willock replaced the injured Stolcers who went of limping following a strong challenge. Lewis then fired in another long-range blockbuster before Fulham closed proceedings with a fine goal.

Boa Morte was involved again, this time racing down the wing before squaring the ball accurately into the path of the on rushing Hammond who opened his season’s account from close range. 

All in all it was a very positive looking performance from Fulham who dominated this game in much the same fashion as many witnessed at Motspur Park during last season.

Premiership defences beware…

Fulham: (4-4-2) Hahnemann, Neilson, McAnespie (Hudson), Knight, Ouaddou, Trollope, Stolcers (Willock), Betsy, Cornwall (Hammond), Boa Morte, Lewis.

Subs not used: Thompson, Hutchinson.

Referee: Wendy Toms Attendance: 377

Weather: Fine Pitch: Good / Firm
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