Age is no factor to class as the English side trashed the S.League team in a friendly game at the Jalan Besar Stadium on Friday afternoonFulham’s Under-21 team visit to Singapore at the Jalan Besar Stadium ended in a resounding victory as they thrashed a sorry Woodlands Wellington team 7-0 on Friday afternoon.
In the curtain raiser for the second leg of the Singapore Cup semi-final between Global FC and Tanjong Pagar United, both teams started out strongly. But once Fulham got their first goal, the floodgates opened and it was a matter of how many the London side could score. And they scored seven, thanks to goals from Jonathan Buatu, Freddy Plumain, Lasse Christensen and braces from Lyle Della-Verde and Dino Islamovic.
Woodlands dominated possession in the opening exchanges, but rarely troubled the London team as they kept their shape well.
In the 10th minute, Fulham got a free kick on the edge of the penalty box after Yazid Yasin handled the ball outside the box. Sean Kavanagh could only hit the free kick against the post, but Woodlands should have heeded the warning sign as they broke the deadlock 10 minutes later.
A swift counter-attacking move earned Fulham a corner, and young Belgian defender Buatu headed in unchallenged from the corner kick to give the visitors the lead.
They doubled their lead almost immediately when Della-Verde scored his first goal with a long shot from outside of the penalty box into the bottom right corner.
Woodlands’ best chance in the opening period came on the half hour after Atsushi Shimono made a good run and placed his shot in the bottom corner, but it was well saved by goalkeeper Luke Badiali.
Fulham went into the break with a three-goal advantage after winger Plumain placed a curling effort to the top corner on the stroke of half time, leaving the experienced Yazid Yasin rooted to the spot.
The Londoners continued where they left off in the second half and got a fourth when striker Islamovic beat Shahril Alias and smashed the ball beyond Yazid’s reach.
By this time the Woodlands defense were in sixes and sevens, and it wasn’t a surprise that Islamovic soon got his second of the afternoon with a simple tap in after a good counter attacking move.
Fulham were not done though, and scored another two goals in the final 10 minutes as substitute Christensen tapped in another simple finish and Della-Verde got his second with another long range drive from outside the penalty box.
The Rams had two excellent chances in the closing stages to get at least a consolation goal, but Fadhil Noh could only find the side netting while Taufiq Rahmat blazed the ball over from six yards.