Writer: Andrew Joyce
Date:Saturday July 19 2008
At a Craven Cottage that had sixteen thousand supporters inside, the majority of which were Celts, Fulham put on a decent display to emerge victors.
Roy Hodgosn gave several of the new boys, Stockdale, Gera, Zamora and Pantsil the chance to play their first football on the Craven Cottage turf.
Amongst a noisy backdrop of Celtic supporters though, it was a January transfer signing, Erik Nevland, that gave Fulham a very early lead netting with only two minutes gone.
Celtc responded well with Scott Macdonald and Barry Robson both forcing saves out of a very competent looking David Stockdale in the Fulham goal.
But just when you thought the visitors might get back on level terms, Bobby Zamora scored his first goal in Fulham colours with a spectacular effort.
Unfortunately, before half time did come around Celtic did reduce the arrears when Barry Robson drilled in a good free kick.
Sadly, despite the supporters providing a great atmosphere, the second half became the usual plethora of subsitutions which interupted the flow of the game.
But that shouldn`t detract from the goal that killed off the Celtic challenge when Leon Andreasen lashed home a wonderful effort.
It may only have been a friendly but what Fulham served up today augers well for next season.
Well done lads.
David Stockdale, Paul Konchesky, John Pantsil, Brede Hangeland, Andranik, Erik Nevland, Zoltan Gera, Aaron Hughes (C), Jimmy Bullard, Simon Davies, Bobby Zamora
Subs: Neil Etheridge (GK), Moritz Volz, Seol Ki-Hyeon, David Healy, Danny Murphy, Eddie Johnson, Lee Cook, Clint Dempsey, Leon Andreasen, Toni Kallio
Mark Brown, Andreas Hinkel, Lee Naylor, Stephen McManus (C), Gary Caldwell, Scott MacDonald, Scott Brown, Massimo Donati, Barrry Robson, Chris Killen, Aiden McGeady
Subs: Scott Fox (GK), Bobo Balde, Georgios Samaras, Paul Hartley, Mark Wilso, Shinsuke Nakamura, Cillian Sheridan, Koki Mizuno Darren O'Dea, Paul Caddis, Paul McGowan
Date:Saturday July 19 2008
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