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Steve Marsh & Stuart Allen

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1999-00 F.A. Premier Youth Academy Under-19

99_08_28 WHU v. Stoke City U19 99_09_11 WHU v. Derby County U19

STOKE CITY : F.A. Premier Youth Academy Under-19

ARSENAL : F.A. Premier Youth Academy Under-19

DERBY COUNTY :  F.A. Premier Youth Academy Under-19

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Richards (Uddin)

Cooper

Birch

Forbes

Iriekpen

Angus

Ferrante

Briggs

Brayley

Garcia

Defoe

London Colney

1 - 1 (Brayley)

4 September 1999

99_09_18 Crystal Palace v. WHU TS U19 99_09_18 Crystal Palace v. WHU U19 99_09_25 Bristol City v. WHU U19 99_10_02 WHU v. Wimbledon U19 99_10_16 Charlton Athletic v. WHU U19 99_10_23 WHU v. QPR U19 99_10_30 Ipswich Town v. WHU U19 99_11_06 Tottenham Hotspur v. WHU U19 99_11_13 Watford v. WHU U19 99_11_20 WHU v. Norwich City U19 99_11_23 WHU v. Charlton Athletic FAYC 3

CHARLTON ATHLETIC : AXA The Times F.A. Youth Cup (Third Round)

99_11_27 Wimbledon v. WHU U19 99_12_04 WHU v. Charlton Athletic U19 99_12_11 QPR v. WHU U19 00_01_19 WHU v. Blackburn Rovers FAYC 4

BLACKBURN ROVERS : AXA The Times FA Youth Cup (Fourth Round)

00_01_22 WHU v. Tottenham Hotspur U19

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR : F.A. Premier Youth Academy Under-19

(Programme Dated 1999)

Chadwell Heath

2 - 1 (Defoe, Ferrante)

22 January 2000

Bywater

Clark (Cooper)

Taylor

Forbes

Iriekpen

Angus (Uddin)

Britton

Ferrante

Sjolund (Brayley)

Defoe

Garcia

BLACKBURN ROVERS : AXA The Times F.A. Youth Cup (Fourth Round Replay)

00_01_29 WHU v. Ipswich Town U19 00_02_05 WHU v. Watford U19

IPSWICH TOWN : F.A. Premier Youth Academy Under-19

00_02_16 WHU v. Middlesbrough FAYC 4

MIDDLESBROUGH : AXA The Times F.A. Youth Cup (Fifth Round)

00_02_19 WHU v. Fulham U19 00_02_26 Millwall v. WHU U19 00_03_04 WHU v. Reading U19 00_03_11 Norwich City v. WHU U19

West Ham United

FA Premier Academy League Champions:

FA Premier Academy League play-offs:

00_03_25 WHU v. Peterborough U19 Play-off

PETERBOROUGH UNITED : Play-Off Round 2

MANCHESTER UNITED : Play-Off Round 3

BLACKBURN ROVERS : Play-Off Round 4

00_04_01 WHU v. Manchester United U19 Play-off 00_04_08 Blackburn Rovers v. WHU U19 Play-off 00_05_01 Crewe Alexandra v. WHU U19 Semi-final 00_05_18 WHU v. Arsenal U19 Final 1 leg 00_05_18 WHU v. Arsenal U19 Final 1 leg TS 00_05_21 Arsenal v. WHU U19 play-off 00_05_21 Arsenal v. WHU U19 play-off TS

CREWE ALEXANDRA : Play-Off (Semi-Final)

ARSENAL : Play-Off (Final ~ 1st Leg)

ARSENAL : Play-Off (Final ~ 2nd Leg)

Chadwell Heath

1 - 2 (Birch)

28 August 1999

Richards

Cooper

Birch

Forbes

Iriekpen

Angus

Clark

Ferrante (Omonua)

Brayley (Taylor)

Garcia

Briggs (Uddin)

West Ham's defence of their Premier Academy Under-19 League title got off to a bad start when they allowed their advantage to slip away against Stoke at Chadwell Heath.

It all looked set for a good morning's work when Francis Birch headed home an Ashley Cooper cross on 30 minutes. But a loose ball from Michael Ferrante caught Francis Birch out of position and the Porters exploited the time.

Stoke took the lead when Hammers failed to clear a free-kick and one of their defenders sneaked in to score at the Far post.

 

Hammers' goalkeeper Lee Richards went off with a dislocated shoulder - and with Stephen Bywater away with England Youth defender Anwar Uddin volunteered to come off the bench and take-over between the posts.

Hammers broke the deadlock just after half-time when a long Richards kick was flicked on by Richard Garcia for Bertie Brayley to outpace the opposition and score. After Richards went off, Uddin denied Arsenal what looked like a certain equaliser with an outstretched leg and then saved well from the resulting corner-kick. Unfortunately just before the final whistle, Uddin misjudged a deep cross and the Gunners scored the equaliser.

Chadwell Heath

0 - 0

11 September 1999

McMahon B.

Cooper (Clarke)

Birch (Taylor)

Forbes

Iriekpen

Angus

Ferrante

Briggs

Brayley (Byrne)

Defoe

Garcia

Selhurst Park

2 - 0 (Brayley, Briggs)

18 September 1999

Bywater

Cooper (Clarke)

Birch

Forbes

Iriekpen

Angus

Ferrante (Taylor)

Briggs (Omonua)

Brayley

Garcia

Byrne

CRYSTAL PALACE : F.A. Premier Youth Academy Under-19

BRISTOL CITY : F.A. Premier Youth Academy Under-19

Two first-half goals ensured the Hammers' Under-19s of the three points in their FA Premier Academy League game at Palace, but it was the woodwork that prevented them winning more comfortably. Palace had an early escape when one of their defenders headed against his own post following an Ashley Cooper cross.

Ryan Briggs scored the Hammers' first on the half-hour when he broke from midfield and drove an unstoppable shot into the net. Seven minutes later Bertie Brayley made it two after receiving a fine pass from Richard Garcia and rounding the Palace 'keeper to slot the ball home.

McMahon B.

Cooper

Birch (Omonua)

Uddin

Iriekpen

Taylor

Briggs (McMahon D.)

Ferrante

Garcia

Brayley (Clark)

Byrne

Clifton Schools Sports HalL

1 - 1 (Garcia)

25 September 1999

Richard Garcia scored his second goal in a week, following his match-winning strike for the Reserves three days earlier. Hammers are now fourth in the League behind Wimbledon, Queens Park Rangers and Watford.

Everything indicated an easy victory for the Hammers when Garcia scored a second minute penalty after being brought down in the area. But an underfiit header on the half hour from Izzy Iriekpen was pounced upon by a City forward who lofted the equaliser over Hammers' 'keeper Billy McMahon.

In the second-half two good penalty appeals were turned down by the referee. First, Ashley Cooper was lucky when his trip on a City forward wasn't spotted by me referee and then in the last minute of the game Garcia was brought down by the last defender only for the official to wave play on again.

Coach Tony Carr said afterwards: "We lost Terrell Forbes, Adam Newton and Michael Carrick to the first-team which is excellent for the Club and considering their absence I thought we did very well."

WIMBLEDON : F.A. Premier Youth Academy Under-19

Roehampton Vale

0 - 2

27 November 1999

Richards

Clark

Byrne

Uddin

Iriekpern

Henriksson (Angus)

Ferrante

Krekola (Briggs)

Sjoland (Forbes)

Defoe

Garcia

Central-Defender Richard Henriksson - one of two teenage Swedes on trial with the Hammers - had to be substituted at half-time after collecting a nasty knock above the eye. Fellow Swede Svenn Krekola also went off at the break. In a hard-fought tussle, Richard Garcia had a great chance to put the Hammers ahead from a Shaun Byrne free-kick but his overhead shot was well saved by Dons' 'keeper Halliwell. Then Steven Clark missed an open goal and shot over the bar on 75 minutes. Eight minutes from the end, the League leaders finally broke the deadlock following a breakaway down the left. Dons scored a second just before the final whistle to leave West Ham United Under-19s reflecting on their failure to take any of the chances they had created.

 

Upton Park

4 - 1 (Defoe 2, Iriekpen, Sjolund)

23 November 1999

Richards

Clark

Taylor

Uddin

Iriekpen (Cleaver)

Omonua

Britton

Cole (Riddle)

Sjolund (Brayley)

Defoe

Garcia

Jermain Defoe scored two goals against his old team-mates to help the Hammers to an impressive Third Round FA Youth Cup victory at Upton Park.

The 16 year-old's deadly strikes killed off any hopes Charlton had of coursing an upset to the Cup holders. The day before a Football League tribunal had awarded Charlton compensation that could total £1.25 million for the young striker. Skipper Izzy Iriekpen gave the Hammers a dream start with a goal after just one minute. From a short free-kick on the halfway line, Iriekpen exchanged passes with Joe Cole before slipping the ball neatly under the advancing Charlton 'keeper Brown.

But Charlton hit back straight after the break and equalised from the penalty-spot through Joe Tambue after Steve Clark had brought Pierre Bolangi down in the box. A third goal in three games from young Finn Daniel Sjolund put West Ham back in the lead on 65 minutes when he latched on to a long ball by Stephen Omonua. Then came the first off Defoe's double strike on 68 minutes, which was brilliantly set-up by Joe Cole, and 84 minutes which put the tie beyond the Addicks.

 

 

Upton Park

1 - 1 (Defoe)

19 January 2000

Richards

Clark

Birch

Uddin

Iriekpen

Taylor

Riddle

Britton (Tobolewski)

Sjolund (Chandler)

Defoe

Garcia

Hammers skipper Izzy Iriekpen was devastated at the end of this FA Youth Cup Fourth Round tie at Upton Park after his injury time mistake allowed Blackburn to grab an equaliser and force a replay at Ewood Park.

Until then, the Hammers were in complete control and took the lead in the 39th minute with a spectacular Jermain Defoe strike. Receiving a pass from Steven Clark on the halfway line, Defoe beat three defenders to make the edge of the box before shooting into the far top corner of the net.

The one goal was looking enough to secure West Ham's place in the next Round when substitute Liam Blakeman took advantage of space girted to him by the otherwise excellent Iriekpen to snatch a dramatic equaliser in the fifth minute of injury time.

 

Manager: Tony Carr

Alexandra Stadium

1 - 0 (Defoe [pen])

1 May 2000

West Ham United reached the final of the FA Premier Academy Under-19 League play-offs For the second season in succession with this hard-earned victory at Crewe.

A close-fought encounter was decided by a penalty scored 14 minutes from the end. The early play was confined mainly to midfield, but just before half-time Hammers 'keeper Lee Richards denied Crewe with two excellent saves before the visitors had a narrow escape when Liddle hit trie bar.

After the break Hammers had most of the possession but Richards continued to be the busier goalkeeper. Then on 76 minutes, Richard Garcia was fouled as he ran into the box. Jermaine Defoe took the kick and although Crewe 'keeper Wellsy gol a hand to the ball he could not keep it out of the net.

Richards

Newton

Taylor

Forbes

Uddin

Angus

Ferrante

Clark

Fayewa (Britton)

Defoe

Garcia

Stern resistance and determination paid-off in the end for the Hammers as they scraped through to the FA Youth Academy Under-19 League play-offs semi-finals.

Hammers coach Tony Carr expected a backlash following their successful FA Youtfi Cup replay against Rovers at Ewood Park earlier this year and first-half pressure saw the hosts go in at half-time leading 1-0.

The goal came on 38 minutes when a corner found Steven Hawe on the far post and he headed past Stephen Bywater.

An improved performance in the second-half saw the Hammers fight their way back into the game and Michael Ferrante went close twice with great shots, one of which hit a post.

With seven minutes of normal time remaining, Adam Newton sidefooted the equaliser. The wing-back then had a goal disallowed for hand ball in the dying seconds.

West Ham secured a place in the last Four just five minutes into extra-time when a high, bending free-kick was swung in by Ferrante for Richard Garcia to rise above the Rovers defence and power home a fine header.

Bywater

Forbes

U'ddin

Ferrante

Newton

Britton (Sjolund)

Angus

Carrick

Ferrante

Defoe (Clark)

Garcia

Ewood Park

2 - 1 (Newton, Garcia)

8 April 2000

The Under-19's failed to win this game they largely dominated because of weak finishing. Much of the action in this FA Premier Academy Under-19 League game at Chadwell Heath, took place in midfield as the Rams were content with pulling players back behind the ball and relying on the break. Bertie Brayley should have scored in the first-half but his back-post header lacked sufficient power to beat the Derby 'keeper, while Izzy Iriekpen, just back from international duty with the England Under-1 8s, thought he had scored with a header but he was ruled offside. A couple of minutes from the final whistle Jermaine Defoe, the 16-year-old striker signed from Charlton during the summer, was clean through but shot straight at the 'keeper.

Defender Shaun Byrne played the final half hour having been out of action for five months with a knee injury. It was good to see him back.

CHARLTON ATHLETIC : F.A. Premier Youth Academy Under-19

Sparrows Lane

1 - 2 (Omonua)

16 October 1999

McMahon B.

Byrne

Birch (Taylor)

Forbes

Iriekpen

Angus

Omonua (Uddin)

Ferrante

Brayley

Defoe

Briggs (Clark)

Charlton took the lead on 32 minutes following a corner on the right. Hammers deserved to be on level terms on 70 minutes when Izzy Iriekpen broke out of defence down the right. He passed to Shaun Byrne whose cross picked out Steve Omonua who tapped home from close-range.

Charlton scored the winner on 72 minutes when Hockley was left unmarked on the edge of the six-yard box and he had time to pick his spot. Hammers kept up the pressure but were unable to find the net.

WIMBLEDON : F.A. Premier Youth Academy Under-19

Chadwell Heath

1 - 1 (Defoe)

2 October 1999

McMahon B.

Clarke

Taylor

Forbes

Iriekpen

Angus

Briggs (Cooper)

Ferrante

Garcia

Defoe

Omonua

Jermain Defoe scored West Ham United's equaliser to make it four draws out of six games in the FA Premier Academy Under-19 League at Chadwell Heath.

The 16-year-old converted Steven Clark's cross from the right in the 55th minute to earn the Hammers a deserved point. But Defoe had a great opportunity of winning it for the Under-19s later in the game when he ran clear on goal ond tried to loft the ball over the diving goalkeeper. Unfortunately for Defoe the 'keeper just managed to get a hand to the ball. In the first-half, the Hammers created several good chances, the best of which was when a Ryan Briggs shot hit a post. But when the Dons took me lead soon after the break, it was all about the Hammers battling their way back into the game.

QUEENS PARK RANGERS : F.A. Premier Youth Academy Under-19

Richards

Cooper

Taylor

Uddin

Irekpen (Omonua)

Angus

Clark

Britton

Garcia

Defoe

Ferrante

Chadwell Heath

2 - 1 (Defoe 2 [1 pen])

23 October 1999

Portman Road

1 - 0 (Defoe)

30 October 1999

Richards

Cooper

Taylor

Omonua (Riddle)

Uddin

Angus

Briggs

Ferrante

Defoe

Clark

Garcia

IPSWICH TOWN : F.A. Premier Youth Academy Under-19

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR : F.A. Premier Youth Academy Under-19

WATFORD : F.A. Premier Youth Academy Under-19

NORWICH CITY : F.A. Premier Youth Academy Under-19

CHARLTON ATHLETIC : F.A. Premier Youth Academy Under-19

QUEENS PARK RANGERS : F.A. Premier Youth Academy Under-19

WATFORD : F.A. Premier Youth Academy Under-19

FULHAM : F.A. Premier Youth Academy Under-19

MILLWALL : F.A. Premier Youth Academy Under-19

READING : F.A. Premier Youth Academy Under-19

NORWICH CITY : F.A. Premier Youth Academy Under-19

Spurs Lodge

3 - 1 (Defoe, Ferrante, Garcia)

6 November 1999

Parmiters Sports Centre

3 - 3 (Byrne, Sjolund, Uddin)

13 November 1999

Richards

Clark

Byrne

Cleaver

Uddin

Taylor

Briggs

Ferrante

Sjoland

Defoe (Brayley)

Garcia

Chadwell Heath

2 - 0 (Sjolund, [og])

20 November 1999

Bywater

Clark

Taylor

Forbes (Birch)

Uddin

Angus (Omonua)

Britton

Ferrante (Briggs)

Sjoland

Defoe

Garcia

Chadwell Heath

5 - 0 (Garcia 2, Brayley, Defoe, Ferrante)

4 December 1999

Richards

Newton

Byrne

Forbes

Iriekpern

Angus

Ferrante

Britton

Brayley

Defoe (Sjolund)

Garcia

(Programme dated 3rd)

Hammers produced their best performance of the season so far to crush Charlton Athletic in the FA Premier Academy Under- 19 League at Chadwell Heath. Michael Ferrante scored the first after just seven minutes when he shot low into the net from fully 40 yards. Fellow Aussie Richard Garcia then hit the first of his two goals on the half- hour after playing a clever one-two with Ferrante.

Former Charlton schoolboy Jemaine Defoe put the Hammers 3-0 up just before the break after exchanging passes with Garcia before Bertie Brayley scored the Hammers fourth on 60 minutes with a great far post header from Shaun Byrne's cross and Garcia completed the rout five minutes from time by tapping home Daniel Sjolund's square ball.

The Under-19s produced another fine performance at Queens Park Rangers to strengthen their second position in the League. The result was highlighted by Jermain Defoe's first hat-trick for Tony Carr's side.

Bertie Brayley put the Hammers ahead on 20 minutes when, following a corner, Sam Taylor set him up to score with a great shot into the roof of the net.

Rangers levelled the score eight minutes later, but in the 35th minute West Ham regained the lead. Taylor again was the provider, supplying the cross from which Jermain Defoe scored. After the break the Hammers put more pressure on Rangers and scored a third when a fine move ended with Michael Ferrante's cross headed home by Defoe. He completed his hat-trick by pouncing on the rebound when Brayley's strike was pushed out by me Rangers goalkeeper.

Twyford Avenue

4 - 1 (Defoe 3, Brayley)

11 December 1999

McMahon

Omonua

U'ddin

Iriekpen

Taylor (Birch)

Clark (Chandler)

Britton

Garcia

Cooper (Sjolund)

Riddle

Defoe

 

Ewood Park

4 - 1 (Defoe 2, Garcia 2)

26 January 2000

00_01_26 Blackburn Rovers v. WHU FAYC

Chadwell Heath

1 - 0 (Defoe)

29 January 2000

Chadwell Heath

1 - 0 (Defoe)

5 February 2000

Upton Park

0 - 2

16 February 2000

Chadwell Heath

4 - 1 (Carrick 2, Britton, Taylor)

19 February 2000

Calmont Road

0 - 1

26 February 2000

Upton Park

4 - 1 (Defoe 2, Byrne, Newton)

4 March 2000

Colney Training Centre

7 - 1 (Defoe 2, Angus, Jjunju, Newton, U'ddin, [og])

11 March 2000

Ship Lane, Purfleet

3 - 0 (Defoe 2, Sjolund)

25 March 2000

Upton Park

5 - 0 (Defoe 3, Ferrante, Garcia)

1 April 2000

Upton Park

5 - 5 (Defoe 2, Carrick 2, Garcia)

18 May 2000

Highbury

1 - 1 (Garcia)  won 4-2 pens

21st May 2000

1998-99 Academy U19 2000-01 Academy U19 Season 1999-00

Richards

Cooper

Taylor

Cleaver

Uddin

Angus

Briggs

Ferrante

Garcia

Defoe

Riddle (Brayley)

Two Jermain Defoe goals helped the Hammers to a deserved victory against QPR in this FA Premier Academy Under-19s League match at Chadwell Heath despite playing most of the second-half with 10 men. With 16-year-old new signing Leon Britton making a fine debut at this level, the Hammers went ahead three minutes before half-time when Defoe scored from a penalty, awarded after he had been pulled back as he was clear on goal.

Four minutes after the break, Steve Taylor was red-carded for a second bookable offence. Three minutes later, the Hammers suffered another blow when England Youth defender Izzy Iriekpen hobbled off with suspected cartilage damage after twisting a knee. Defoe increased the lead for the home side on 76 minutes with a great strike. Rangers scored a consolation goal in the last minute of the match.

Jermain Defoe scored the goal that gave the Hammers' a deserved victory in their FA Academy Under-19 game at Ipswich.

In the first-half, West Ham missed several golden opportunities to go ahead. After the break, the Hammers continued to put the pressure on and Defoe, Anwar Uddin, Steven Clark and Sam Taylor ail went close.

Hammers winner came just six minutes from the end when Ashley Cooper fed Richard Garcia in midfield. The young Aussie then spotted Defoe running forward into space and slipped a perfect pass behind the Ipswich defence. Defoe beat the offside trap and calmly slid the ball under the advancing goalkeeper.

Daniel Sjolund scored a great goal on his debut for the Under-19s in their FA Premier Academy League game at Watford.

Sjolund, just 16, arrived in England from Finland the day before the game having joined the Club six weeks ago.

He made his mark equalising for ffie Hammers on 65 minutes when the ball was played into his feet with his back to goal and he turned to unleash a great drive into the top of the net.

Hammers fell behind on 14 minutes but levelled immediately through Shaun Byrne's low shot inside the near post. A minute before the break Watford took me lead again but Sjolund's great effort cancelled that out.

On 75 minutes, Watford took the lead for the third time but Anwar Uddin earned West Ham a deserved point by cracking home a volley seven minutes later.

Daniel Sjolund impressed again in his second game for the Under-19s as they deservedly won their FA Premier Academy League match at Chadwell Heath.

The Finnish midfielder, who scored on his debut against Watford, struck another fine goal against Norwich a minute after the break.

Hammers made it 2-0 after a 14th minute own goal which Sjolund also had a hand in to give the Hammers the lead. This time, Steven Clark crossed the ball in and Sjolund's nudge bounced in off an opponent's knee.

Jermain Defoe put the Hammers ahead in the 30 minute from the penalty-spot after being brought down by the Spurs 'keeper. The visitors equalised before half-time when West Ham lost possession inside their own half and a Spurs forward hit a shot in off a defender. Michael Ferrante ensured a Hammers victory by blasting a great free-kick into the net on 70 minutes to leave us second in the League, four points behind Wimbledon.

Richard Garcia got the Hammers off to a roaring start in the 18th minute with a free-kick which beat the Rovers wall and goalkeeper Kieron Renton. A goal similar to the one he scored in the first match saw Jermaine Defoe put the Hammers two up on the hour when he collected a pass before turning the full-back and shooting into the bottom corner of the net. A few minutes later Defoe ended an impressive 10-pass move with his second of the night. Then Garcia — last season he became the first player to score in every round of this competition — scored his second. A minute from the final whistle Ben Burgess struck a consolation goal for Rovers, but the West Ham team and bench were already celebrating by then.

Richards

Newton

Taylor

Forbes

Uddin

Omonua (Iriekpen)

Ferrante

Britton

Sjolund (Clark)

Defoe

Garcia

Richards

Omonua

Cooper

Iriekpen

Uddin

Angus

Ferrante

Britton

Clarke (Forbes)

Defoe (Jjunju)

Taylor

Richards

Omonua

Taylor

Uddin

Cleaver

Johnson (Chandler)

Cooper (Tobolewski)

Britton

Riddle (Laurie)

Defoe

Garcia

Richards

Newton

Taylor (Birch)

Forbes

Uddin

Angus

Britton

Ferrante

Defoe

Carrick

Briggs

 

Richards

Newton

Byrne

Forbes

Uddin

Angus (Taylor)

Briggs (Omonua)

Britton

Brayley (Cooper)

Defoe

Ferrante

Bywater

Newton

Byrne (Cooper)

Forbes

Uddin

Angus (Taylor)

Ferrante

Britton

Garcia

Defoe

Briggs (Turner)

 

 

Bywater

Newton

Taylor

Angus

Uddin

Clark (Omonus)

Britton

Jjunju (Sjolund)

Ferrante (Cooper)

Defoe

Garcia

Jermain Defoe scored the Hammers match-winner in the 28th minute of a FA Premier Youth League Under-19s match played in driving wind and on a gluepot pitch at Chadwell Heath. Defoe's goal came from a great Richard Garcia through ball. Michael Ferrante had a great chance to score a second late on but blasted over from close-range.

Cup holders West Ham surrendered their crown witb a disappointing display against Middlesbrough at Upton Park. Failing to hit the target early on cost the Hammers dearly as Boro took control in tbe second-half and clinched a quarter-final clasb witb North East rivals Newcastle United.

West Ham almost made a dream start when Leon Britton's pass split the Boro defence and Jermaine Defoe fired a low drive which appeared to beat their 'keeper Jones but be recovered to swoop the ball off the line.

Richard Garcia tben saw a thunderous shot turned around the post by Jones before Defoe missed several other good scoring opportunities.

But gradually, witb Carlos Marannelli in super form, Bora began to look the most dangerous side going forward and after a couple of excellent saves by Lee Richards, they took the lead when Craig Dove's hopeful shot was deflected into ibe net.

Almost from the restart, Defoe shot just wide at the other end but tbe Hammers conceded defeat on tbe hour wben sub. Steven Laurie was deceived by an awkward bounce and Gerrard Robinson latched on to the ball to slip it past Richards. Dove went close to adding a third for Boro when his effort rebounded off the inside of a post, while Marannelli continued to cause the Hammers problems.

Near the end, Dean Cleaver powered a header just wide from Garcio's free-kick, but by then West Ham's dreams of further Cup glory was over for this year.

Michael Carrick scored twice as tbe Hammers bounced hack from their FA Youth Cup defeat with this impressive FA Premier Youth Academy Under-19s League win over Fulham.

Hammers went in front early on when Leon Britton exchanged passes with Jermaine Defoe on the edge of the box and scored his first goal of the season. Sam Taylor added a second when bis powerful shot took a deflection and spun into tbe net.

Carrkk scored his first after the Fulham goalkeeper had blocked Defoe's shot. His second was

scored on the hour when he turned Taylor's cross in before FuIham scored a consolation goal 10 minutes from the end. The win kept the Hammers ahead of Wimbledon at the top of the League table.

West Ham United's Under-19s conceded a goal in the first minute following a free-kick, in their FA Premier Academy Under-19s League match at Millwall. For the next 89 minutes, the Hammers bombarded the Lions' defence without making a breakthrough to score what would have been a deserved equaliser.

Ashley Cooper, Jermaine Defoe, Anwar Uddin and Stevland Angus all went close but the Millwall defence held out to take the three points.

The Under-19s produced a cracking first-half display at Upton Park to maintain their position at the top of the FA Premier Youth Academy League. Jermain Defoe scored the Hammers first goal on 11 minutes while Shaun Byrne made it 2-0 on 37 minutes when he tapped in Adam Newton's cross at the back post. Defoe's second of the match arrived three minutes later with a great strike and Newton put the result beyond doubt a minute before half-time by knocking in Michael Ferrante's cross. Reading scored a consolation in the second-half.

Hammers included a triallist from New Zealand, midfielder Steve Turner, 17, who had an impressive 45 minutes after coming on for Briggs.

The Under-19s stormed to a crushing victory at Norwich to secure top spot in their FA Premier Youth Academy group table for the second season in succession.

Hammers went into the break 4-0 ahead, with the first three goals coming from corners, thanks to Anwar Uddin, Stevland Angus and Moses Jjunju. The fourth came from an own-goal. Midway through the second-half Norwich pulled one back but Jermain Defoe then scored twice in the last 1 5 minutes and Adam Newton hit the seventh with just seconds left.

 

 

Coach Tony Carr was delighted with the result, and said: "It's a unique performance for both the Under-1 9s and Under-17s to win their groups, but what we want is another player to break through into the first-team, that's what we consider to be success.

"We need to look back in three years' time and see how many players have come through. Winning the group breeds confidence in players and attracts new talent to the Club. That's what we want to continue."

Bywater

Newton

Taylor

Forbes

Uddin (Clark)

Angus

Sjolund

Carrick

Garcia

Defoe

Ferrante (Iriekpen)        

Bywater

Newton

Taylor

Forbes

Uddin

Angus

Sjolund

Carrick

Garcia

Defoe

Ferrante        

Richards

Clark

Taylor

Forbes

Iriekpern (Birch)

Uddin

Ferrante

Britton

Brayley

Defoe (Sjolund)

Garcia (Cooper)

Bywater

Newton

Taylor

Forbes

Uddin

Angus

Ferrante (Clark), (Omonua)

Britton

Sjolund

Defoe (Foyewa)

Garcia

Bywater

Newton

Taylor

Forbes (Clark)

Uddin

Angus

Ferrante

Britton

Sjolund

Defoe (Foyewa)

Garcia