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East Fife 0-3 Fulham -- Match Report

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Match Report

East Fife (0) 0-3 (0) Fulham

Pre-Season Friendly - Bayview Stadium, Scotland

Saturday 5th July - KO: 15:00

Fulham defender Elsad Zverotic
Fulham defender
Elsad Zverotic
Elsad Zverotic
xxxx Fulham's first pre-season friendly of 2014/15 saw the Whites record a 3-0 win over East Fife.

After a goalless first-half, Felix Magath made 11 changes at the break, with Elsad Zverotic putting the Whites in front in the 52nd minute, firing home after Cauley Woodrow's shot had been saved.

Nine minutes later it was 2-0, Hugo Rodallega heading home Zverotic's cross from three yards and Woodrow increased the lead on 71 when he collected Lasse Vigen Christensen's ball over the top and smashed an effort in.

As the sun shone on the picturesque setting of East Fife's Bayview Ground, Magath named a strong starting XI, including first appearances in a Fulham shirt for summer signings Shaun Hutchinson and Kay Voser. Scott Parker took the Captain's armband.

Fulham fashioned the first opening of the game in the sixth minute as George Williams fed Alexander Kacaniklic on the overlap but the Swede's low cross was scrambled clear by the home side's defence.

Fulham striker Hugo Rodallega
Fulham striker
Hugo Rodallega
Hugo Rodallega
Jamie Beaton saw a fizzing free-kick well held by Marek Rodàk in the 12th minute before a strong run by George Williams ended with him bursting through but seeing his shot saved by Dylan Rooney. In the 18th minute Ryan Williams saw a curling effort from the edge of the box held by Rooney.

George Williams' pace proved too much for the East Fife defence in the 21st minute, with Ewan Moyes hauling him down after the Welshman had raced down the left. It would have seen a yellow card in a competitive fixture.

Rodàk made a fine stop in the 25th minute, tipping over a rasping drive from Alan Walker after substitute Dylan Honeyman had robbed Hutchinson of the ball.

Fulham should have gone in front just before half-time. A trialist jinked his way into the box and found the unmarked George Williams who elected to try and take it round Rooney instead of shooting first time, allowing the keeper to save at the winger's feet.

Magath changed his entire line-up at the break and Buomesca Tue Na Bangna dragged an early shot wide.

Fulham striker Cauley Woodrow
Fulham striker
Cauley Woodrow
Cauley Woodrow
Fulham finally made the breakthrough in the 52nd minute. Ryan Tunnicliffe found Woodrow in the box and the striker spun his marker before hitting a left-footed shot that Allan Fleming could only parry into the path of Zverotic who slotted home the rebound.

Kevin Smith almost equalised in the 58th minute, with a long-range strike parried away for a corner by a sprawling Jesse Joronen.

But it was soon 2-0 to Fulham. Woodrow did well to chest down the ball before turning and finding Zverotic on the right. The Macedonian looked up before lofting a cross into the box where Rodallega rose to nod home from a couple of yards out.

Woodrow made it 3-0 on 71 minutes. Christensen put a good ball over the top and Woodrow controlled it on his hip before smashing a shot past Fleming.

Woodrow's rising drive forced Fleming into decent save late on.

The goals from www.101greatgoals.com

East Fife
Rooney (Fleming 46'); Mullen, Smith (Honeyman 20' (Maskrey 46')), Walker (Wooley 65'), Naysmith; McAleer, Moyes (Wallace 65'), Brown (Falconer 65'), Beaton; Barr, Smith

Unused substitutes: McShane

Rodàk (Joronen 46'); Voser (Zverotic 46'), Hutchinson (Hoogland 46'), Burn (Grimmer 46'), Kacaniklic (Tunnicliffe 46'); Williams (Trialist 3 46'), Parker (Christensen 46'), Hyndman (Trialist 2 46'); Williams (Mesca 46'), Trialist 1 (Woodrow 46'); Dembele (Rodallega 46')

Goals: Elsad Zverotic 52, Hugo Rodallega 61, Cauley Woodrow 71,

Referee: Brian Calvin

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