Thursday July 14, 2011 Qualifying Round 2 Finished Seaview Stadium

Crusaders 1 - 3 Fulham

  • Adamson 54’
  • Briggs 39’
  • Zamora 74’
  • Murphy 77’ (pen.)

  • Live Commentary

    • Crusaders
    • Fulham
    • 90+3 And there's the full-time whistle. Fulham will take a 3-1 lead into the second leg at Craven Cottage. They were deserving winners, but came within a lick of paint of going 2-1 down on the hour mark. Huge credit to Crusaders for a fine team performance.
    • 90' Zamora tries to play in Riise, but his lay-off is just a touch too strong.
    • 88' Fulham are looking for a fourth here, but Crusaders still look sharp and competitive in defence.
    • 86' Duff leaves the field to warm applause, to be replaced by Tom Donegan. Meanwhile, Willie Faulkner replaces Watson for Crusaders.
    • 84' Rainey makes an early impression, collecting an Adamson pass and sending a dipping shot just over the bar from 20 yards.
    • 82' David Rainey replaces Owens for Crusaders.
    • 81' Duff with an inviting cross from the right and Sidwell very nearly scores with his first touch - a diving header that he skews wide from six yards. Should have scored.
    • 79' Double substitution for Fulham. Johnson and Etuhu are replaced by Steve Sidwell and Bjørn Helge Riise.
    • 78' The decision was perhaps a little harsh on Leeman, who's had a fine game this evening. But Murphy took fine advantage.
    • 77' GOAL! Murphy makes no mistake for Fulham, beating O'Neill high to the goalkeeper's left. Suddenly Fulham are coasting.
    • 76' Johnson shoots from the edge of the area...the ball strikes Leeman on the hand and the referee points to the spot!
    • 75' Johnson makes space for a cross on the right, but Crusaders clear.
    • 74' GOAL! Duff's near-post corner is met with a superb glancing header from Zamora. Fulham are back in front!
    • 74' Duff wins a corner for Fulham on their right.
    • 73' Zamora links well with Frei, but once again the Crusaders defence keep their concentration to clear.
    • 70' Ciaran Gargan replaces the injured Dallas for Crusaders.
    • 69' Duff cuts in from the right flank, only to give the ball straight to a red shirt.
    • 68' Dallas has picked up an injury. He's off the field, leaving his team-mates to defend with 10 men.
    • 66' Crusaders hit the bar! Stuart Dallas breaks inside the Fulham box, but slips and loses possesion. The ball is cleared as far as Adamson, who crashes a shot against the woodwork!
    • 65' Johnson penalised for a cynical foul. The Fulham players are getting a bit frustrated here.
    • 64' Zamora meets the free-kick with a header, but O'Neill is equal to it in the Crusaders goal.
    • 63' Leeman goes into the book for a tug on Johnson on the right. Fulham have a free-kick, dangerous position.
    • 62' Duff goes clean through on the flank, but there's nobody in support. The move breaks down.
    • 61' Frei picks up the first booking of the night for a silly lunge. That's his first telling contribution of the second half.
    • 60' Etuhu with a strong defensive header clear for Fulham. They need to regroup here and take hold of this tie.
    • 57' Suddenly Crusaders look like a side capable of an almighty upset. They're buzzing all over the field.
    • 56' Johnson cuts in from the left and lines up a right-foot shot. Magowan again with the block.
    • 55' The Crusaders players pile on top of Adamson in the corner and the home crowd go crazy. Who saw that coming?
    • 54' GOAL! Crusaders are level! Adamson lifts the ball over Aaron Hughes' challenge and slots a finish past Mark Schwarzer at full stretch. What a moment for the striker on his debut!
    • 53' Zamora plays the ball square for Baird...whose shot is well saved by O'Neill.
    • 51' Johnson is fouled right on the edge of the box. Free-kick in a dangerous position for Fulham.
    • 50' Great chance for Crusaders! Adamson with a cross from the left and it's almost converted by an on-rushing red shirt. Fulham scramble clear.
    • 49' Acres of space for Duff on the right. He hangs over a floated cross, but it's beyond the Fulham attackers in the box.
    • 48' Nice play from Crusaders in response. Adamson collects the ball on the edge of the box, throws a dummy and makes room for a shot...that he pulls wide.
    • 47' Almost a dream start to the second half for Fulham. Johnson does really well to get to the byline and whip over a superb cross...Zamora is inches away from applying the killer touch with his head.
    • 46' The second half is underway. No changes to report for either team.
    • 45' Half-time at the Seaview Stadium. Fulham lead 1-0, courtesy of a cracking strike from Briggs - his first goal in Europe and one to remember. Back in 15!
    • 44' Frei stopped in his tracks by McMaster. Free-kick to Fulham.
    • 43' Fulham youngsters Frei and Briggs have been the stars in this first half. Certainly a pair to look out for in the Premier League this season, providing they get their chance.
    • 42' Wonderful run from Frei, who beats two players on a mazy dribble into the Crusaders box. Sadly his shot is weak and O'Neill gathers comfortably.
    • 40' Fulham have unquestionably deserved their lead. You'd fancy them to get a few more goals now.
    • 39' GOAL! What a strike from Briggs! The former England U20 international collects a clearance 25 yards out, takes a touch and thunders a left-foot shot into the roof of the net. Fulham lead 1-0!
    • 37' O'Neill comes very well to take the ball away from Hangeland. Fulham win a corner.
    • 34' Crusaders lost out to Linfield in the league and cup last season - who won the domestic double in Northern Ireland.
    • 33' Really inviting cross from Duff on the right, but there's not a Fulham shirt making the run through the middle. Crusaders clear.
    • 32' Timothy Adamson goes at the Fulham defence as Crusaders break. He makes room for the shot, but it's sliced high and wide.
    • 31' The 4G plastic pitch certainly makes for a flowing passing game.
    • 30' Fulham look pretty sharp so far and comfortable in possession.
    • 29' So close again for Fulham. Duff gets the ball across to Johnson from the right, only for McBride to make the block six yards out.
    • 27' Fulham are pouring all over Crusaders now. Duff with a great chance from 15 yards, but Magowan throws himself in front of the shot to get a block in.
    • 25' Nice build-up play from Fulham. Frei in particular is looking very sharp indeed, linking well when he comes in off the left flank. Duff too is seeing a lot of the ball.
    • 23' Zamora with a lay-off for Johnson, whose powerful volley is blocked by Paul Leeman.
    • 22' Fulham, as you'd expect, with most of the possession. But Crusaders have thus far looked fairly solid at the back.
    • 20' 17-year-old Kerim Frei jinks in from the left flank and draws a sharp save from O'Neill at his near post.
    • 19' Zamora almost capitalises on a long clearance, but O'Neill is off his line sharply to clear the danger.
    • 17' McMaster fouled by young Fulham and former England Under-20 player Briggs. The home fans are making themselves heard at Seaview Stadium.
    • 15' Zamora whips in a wicked free-kick. Hangeland is up highest, but the defender is adjudged to have fouled his man. Free-kick to Crusaders in the six-yard box.
    • 13' Zamora tries to release Johnson with a pass in behind the Crusaders defence, but he's offside.
    • 11' Damien Duff with a shot on goal for Fulham...Crusaders' keeper Sean O'Neill makes the save.
    • 8' Another early free-kick conceded by Fulham. This time it's Bobby Zamora with a foul on Gareth McKeown.
    • 6' Crusaders' Paul Whelan is fouled by Andrew Johnson. He gets up and takes the free-kick himself.
    • 1' And we're away in Northern Ireland.
    • 19:20 Fulham: Schwarzer, Hughes, Baird, Hangeland, Briggs, Frei, Murphy, Etuhu, Duff, Andrew Johnson, Zamora // Subs: Stockdale, Kelly, Sidwell, Senderos, Riise, Halliche, Donegan
    • 19:20 Crusaders starting XI: O'Neill, McKeown, McBride, Leeman, Magowan, Dallas, McMaster, Watson, McCann, Adamson, Owens // Subs: Murphy, Rainey, Gargan, Halliday, Gibson, Faulkner, Roy
    • 18:49 Fulham qualified for this season's Europa League by winning the UEFA Respect Fair Play league.
    • 18:47 Northern Irish side Crusaders finished runners-up in the league last season to qualify. They play at Seaview Stadium, which holds around 3,000 and boasts a 4G plastic pitch.
    • 18:42 Good evening and welcome to our live coverage of Crusaders vs Fulham, in qualifying round two of the 2011-12 Europa League.
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    Manager: Stephen Baxter

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    Manager: Martin Jol

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