A.C. Malden 0-2 Fulham Deaf FC

Scorers (assist):

C.Thompson (D.Hogan)
D.Hogan (P.Swift)

Man of the Match:


10 men Fulham DFC pulled off a tactical masterpiece to walk out worthy winners on the day.

In 30 minutes Fulham were reduced to 10 men when keeper Tom Boyle was sent off for allegedly slapping a player.

A tactical reshuffle then followed with striker Lee Farrell putting on the keeper’s shirt. Farrell would rely on his experience as a goalkeeper in his youthful days, maintaining the lead that Fulham held before the sending off.

Calum Thompson continued his impressive start to the season, powering in a Daniel Hogan corner giving Fulham the lead.

Before the red card, Fulham were comfortably in control and creating as well stopping attacks on both ends of the pitch. After the red card there was little difference, Jason Mycroft playing in Tom Collard as Fulham continued to create plenty of opportunities despite the numerical disadvantage.

If AC Malden had a plan B they did not show it as they sent long balls continuously but to no avail. The closest they came was a drilled low cross straight across the face of the goal, however nobody was able to convert it.

Fulham were in no hurry during the second half, very comfortable in possession and seeing off waves of long balls.

As the clock ticked the frustration showed on AC Malden being unable to break through Fulham’s compact shape. Tackles were late and mistimed, passes went astray and bodies were committed to going forward in search of an equaliser.

Yet it was substitute Philip Swift who after a great bit of trickery, beat his man on the right wing to pass to Hogan for a calm finish increasing Fulham’s lead.

The goal was an example of how Fulham made the best of a bad situation and adapted their game plan. Counter attacks followed and Fulham were unlucky to not have scored more, Swift scooping a glorious opportunity just above the bar, Mycroft having a goal incorrectly ruled out for offside and Ben Lampert with the last shot of the game just hitting the outside of the left post.

Fulham will be looking to extend their run of good performances as they face off against Ashtead next week. After that fantastic tactical display, they will fear no-one.