By Chris Wright
Not that it was a particularly easy ride, but Fulham put themselves in a strong position to finish off their second Europa League qualifier tie against Crusaders at the Cottage by way of a 3-1 win in Belfast last night.
Matthew Briggs tonked in the opener for Fulham from range, though Timmy Adamson drew the Northern Irish semi-pros level after pulling the ball down from the ether, juggling it over his marker and then applying a smart, volleyed finish ten minutes after the interval.
From what we can gather, the Crues took the game to Fulham for long stretches with the Cottagers largely restricted to pot-shots – but the Premier League side eventually hustled their way to a deceptively comfortable-looking final scoreline thanks to a header from Bobby Z and the obligatory Danny Murphy penalty.
Matthew Briggs celebrates after scoring a belter to open the scoring
Brede Hangeland and Timmy Adamson do battle in the air over Belfast
Timmy Adamson (floor) celebrates after scoring the Crues’ equaliser
Matthew Briggs fends off Niall McGinn
Gareth McKeown nabs the ball from under Andy Johnson’s nose
Bobby Zamora celebrates putting Fulham 2-1 up with a towering header
Danny Murphy slots home Fulham’s third and final goal from the spot