Wednesday 03 April 2013
Fulham Under-19s were crowned Dallas Cup champions at the weekend after concluding their successful tournament with a 5-1 rout of Kashiwa Reysol in the final.
The Londoners, who opened the tournament in the Cotton Bowl Stadium seven earlier, closed the event in the same arena in style on Easter Sunday with a commanding victory against the Japanese outfit.
Fulham had overcome Brazilian sides Coritiba and Fluminense, LA Galaxy of the United States and German club Eintracht Frankfurt with a brand of attacking, free-flowing football and whilst Reysol had also impressed en route to the final, Steve Wigley's charges proved irrepressible.
Muamer Tankovic opened the scoring inside 10 minutes, when he rifled his side into the lead following Sean Kavanagh’s cross from the left, and although Cauley Woodrow saw his penalty saved moments later, he made amends with a two goals early in the second half.
Though Reysol made it 3-1 moments later substitute Jordan Evans applied the finish to Josh Passley’s surging run and cross from the right on 78 minutes and George Williams came off the bench to round off the scoring with six minutes to go.
Fulham’s success makes them the fourth English club to be crowned Dallas Cup champions following West Ham United (1992), Nottingham Forest (2002) and Liverpool (2008).