A.S.P.I.R.E duo test journalism skills at Craven Cottage
A.S.P.I.R.E ambassadors Peter Harding and Mahdi Khoshkoo visited Craven Cottage, home of Fulham FC, as they tested their journalism skills by writing a live match report.
Peter and Mahdi, who are both interested in making a career path in the media industry, attended the Cottagers’s second round EFL Cup clash against Premier League club Middlesbrough on Wednesday 16 August.
The A.S.P.I.R.E ambassadors group was created to help the young people involved become future leaders of the football industry through support and gudiance offered by the organisation.
Both ambassadors were given a tour of the press facilities and the Jonny Haynes Stand by Carmelo Mifsud, Media Relations Manager at Fulham. Carmelo gave the ambassadors a detailed explanation of how the club deals with media outlets on matchdays. He revealed that over 60 journalists were in attendance for the match, including the BBC and TalkSPORT.
It was then down to business as Peter and Mahdi watched the game in progress and noted all the key moments of action. In an exciting cup tie, the two ambassadors were tested on their note-taking and awareness skills as they had to keep up-to-date with the frenetic pace of the match.
With the match finishing in extra-time, Peter and Mahdi then headed to the post-match press conference to hear the thoughts of both Slavisa Jokanovic and Aitor Karanka, Fulham and Middlesbrough manager respectively.
Below is Peter and Mahdi’s match report from Craven Cottage:
Middlesbrough kicked-off the start of this game with both teams shooting towards the away fans; with pouring rain and lightning above the Riverside Stand after a boiling hot day in London.
Middlesbrough started promisingly with most of the possession and were rewarded in the eighth minute with a goal from David Nugent, after a whipped in ball from Fabio Da Silva.
With both sides settled into the game, Fulham started to attack the away team and Cauley Woodrow latched onto a drilled cross at the near post from Jack Grimmer and forced a save from the Middlesbrough goalkeeper.
Only two minutes were added on to the end of the first half and it finished with Middlesbrough going in with the upper hand, leading the home team 1-0.
Fulham started off the stronger side in the second half with lots of pressure on the ball. In the 55th minute the home side converted after Ryan Tunnicliffe surged through the middle of the pitch, where he passed the ball to Scott Malone, whose fierce shot was then pushed into the path of the Middlesbrough midfielder Julien De Sart who knocked the ball into his own net.
With the game nearing the end and heading towards extra-time and penalties, a promising ball was whipped in by Adam Clayton in added time finding David Nugent on the back post, whose headed effort only found the crossbar. With the teams tied at one-a-piece, the game headed into extra-time.
Middlesbrough started the first half of extra-time the more positive, with several attacking chances falling to David Nugent. However the home fans got behind their team and deep into the first half Scott Malone surged down the wing and crossed the ball for Sean Kavanagh to shoot – beating the keeper – but cleared off the line by captain Ben Gibson. The score remained tied heading into the second half.
The match ebbed and flowed and then Fulham broke away and Lasse Vigen Christensen was able to convert a low ball in from Scott Malone making it 2-1 to the home side. This continued Fulham’s unbeaten start to the season.
Fulham: Jorenen, Malone, Stearman, Ream, Woodrow, Tunnicliffe, Vigen Christensen, Jozabed (De La Torre, 104), Grimmer (Kavanagh, 58), Adeniran, Edun
Substitutes: Bettinelli, McDonald, Smith, Kalas, Sessegnon, Kavanagh, De La Torre
Yellow Cards: Kavanagh (71), Stearman (79),
Middlesbrough: Guzan, Da Silva (Friend, 11 (Stuani, 90)), Ayala, Gibson, Clayton, Fischer (Forshaw, 88), Downing, De Sart, Nsue, Nugent
Substitutes: Konstantopoulos, Friend, Rhodes, Negredo, Barragan, Stuani, Forshaw
Yellow Cards: Ayala