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2007-08 F.A. Premier Academy League

FULHAM Under-18 : F.A. Premier Academy League

Little Heath

0 - 1

18th August 2007

Street

O'Neill

Miller

N'Gala

Blackwell

Stanislas

Collison

Harvey

Edgar

Hunt

Sears

A tight derby contest saw West Ham United undone by a second-half goal in the opening match of the new Under-18 season. Michael Uwezu scored the only goal for the visitors midway through the second half at Little Heath to take all three points back to west London. The home side had their moments, notably when Jack Collison, who continued his fine pre-season form, saw an effort rebound off the post. Tony Carr's team started well and created several chances. However, despite penning in the visitors for much of the first half it remained at 0-0 at half-time. After the break, West Ham United again had most of the opportunities to go ahead, not least when Ben Hunt thought he had scored only to see his effort ruled out for offside. Freddie Sears saw a chance parried by the Fulham keeper and before Collison went close with that effort against the woodwork. Anthony Edgar got away well on the left but just could not lift it over the keeper and several other chances followed, all scrambled off the line by Fulham. It was ultimately a counterattack that saw Uwezu score for Fulham and resulted in the visitors taking home the points. Youth academy director Tony Carr was not too downhearted after the 18 August defeat, seeing plenty of positives for the campaign to come. He said: "We were very unlucky to be honest; it was only our lack of clinical finishing in front of goal that cost us. We had most of the play and chances but it was simply one of those days when the ball would not cross over the line for us."

PORTSMOUTH Under-18 (F.A. Premier Academy League)

Wellington Sports Ground

0 - 1

25th August 2007

Stech

O'Neill

Blackwell

Miller

N'Gala

Harvey

Stanislas (Edgar)

Lee (Kearns)

Hunt

Sears

Jeffery (Fry)

Please note:

No programme was issued for this game, this is a PIRATE PROGRAMME.

West Ham United Under-18s' hopes of a first point of the new season were dashed by a late free-kick that gave the home side all three points. The 25 August contest had looked like being a stalemate in what was a frustrating afternoon for youth academy director Tony Carr and his team, until the home side was awarded a debatable free-kick on the edge of the area. A low left-foot shot went agonisingly under the feet of the boys in the West Ham wall and into the corner of the net. In a game of few chances, it was always likely to be settled by one goal. "It was petering out to a 0-0 draw and I think that would have been the right result. They didn't deserve to win and we didn't deserve to lose," said Carr. "It had been a pretty fair challenge on one of their boys, which to be fair on another day would have gone unnoticed, but they were awarded the free-kick and lucky for them, it went in." He added: "It was the only decent shot they had on goal, but it wasn't a good game overall. They stuck ten behind the ball, were not attacking and adventurous, so it was hard to break that down and get our football flowing. In fact, their staff came up to me afterwards and apologised for the way they approached the game."

WATFORD Under-18 (F.A. Premier Academy League)

Little Heath

4 - 2 (Sears, N'Gala, Hunt, Hines)

1st September 2007

Street

O'Neill

Miller

Fitzgerald

N'Gala

Payne

Harvey

Stanislas (Hines)

Lee

Hunt (Fry)

Sears

It was a case of happy Hammers all around as the youth team recorded their first victory of the new season against Watford. The young Hammers started the game in blistering form and were 3-0 up within eight minutes. Good link-up play between Ben Hunt and Freddie Sears saw West Ham take the lead, as Sears finished the move off by lifting the ball over the Watford keeper and into the net. Hammers grabbed a second goal soon after. Lorcan Fitzgerald crossed in a good corner which was flicked on by Hunt at the near post. In came Bondz N'Gala at the backpost to strike the ball towards the goal and while his first effort was parried by the keeper, N'Gala struck the back of the net at the second attempt from close range. West Ham made sure of their commanding play, when they netted the third goal. A shot was deflected, hit the post and Hunt followed in the rebound after the Hornets keeper again failed to hold the ball. Outplaying their opposition, the young Hammers were looking likely to score every time they pushed forward. But although on the backfoot for most of the game, Watford did manage to pull a goal back on the half-hour mark and it was 3-1 at half-time. In the second half, Hammers continued how they had started, mounting several attacks on the Watford defence. Their strong endeavour resulted in a fourth goal as substitute Zavon Hines scored a great individual effort. After dispossessing his marker, Hines took the ball forward and coolly chipped the ball over the keeper. With 20 minutes to go though, Watford hit the net with their second goal, but West Ham kept their heads and ran out worthy winners.

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR Under-18 (F.A. Premier Academy League)

Little Heath

3 - 3 (Sears 2, Stanislas)

8th September 2007

Blackmore

Miller (N'Gala)

Blackwell

Payne

Spence

Harvey (Kearns)

Stanislas

Lee (Fry)

Hunt

Hines

Sears

A high-tempo game saw the Under- 8's battle for a hard-fought point against London rivals Tottenham Hotspur. Both teams went out to attack from the start and it was the Hammers who got in front in the first half, thanks to a goal from Freddie Sears. Ben Hunt had started the move by dispossessing his marker and drove the ball into the box. It shot across the path of the Spurs keeper, hit the post and came out, landing nicely for Sears to strike in the rebound. Spurs equalised, but Tony Carr's young charges were soon back in the lead, thanks to a well-worked move that has been honed on the training pitch at Little Heath. Oliver Lee made a break deep at the back, releasing the ball to Sears on the left-hand side and, while Spurs appealed in vain for off-side, Sears carried on his run and squared the ball low and sharp to Junior Stanislas who side-footed it into the net. West Ham had a couple of chances to increase the lead before the break, but it remained 2-1 at half-time. In the second half, Hammers found themselves on the back foot as Spurs pushed forward. Hammers failed to clear a corner and Spurs made the most of confusion in the box to shoot home. The home side battled on, but it was the North Londoners who found their feet again and toe-poked their third into the net after David Blackmore, making his first start of the season, just lost his hold on the ball. Tottenham dominated the next half-hour of the match, but the Hammers got stronger again in the last quarter and made it count as they grabbed another goal to make it all-square. Jordan Spence made a surging run and from the right-hand side crossed the ball into a crowded goalmouth for Sears to catch the ball on the volley and send it flying into the top corner of the net. As the minutes ticked away, it was Hammers who nearly snatched the winner. Sears again had the ball and decided to shoot, but this time didn't hit the target. It finished with the teams on level terms and for Carr and the team it was a good point gained.

COVENTRY CITY Under-18 (F.A. Premier Academy League)

The Alan Higgs Centre

2 - 0 (Sears, Jeffrey)

15th September 2007

Street

Spence (O'Neill)

Fitzgerald

Fry

Ashman

N'Gala

Harvey

Stanislas

Kearns

Sears

Jeffrey

The Under-18's kept up their unbeaten run with a solid win away at Coventry. Tony Carr's young team scored twice in the first half to secure their second league victory of the season. Hammers were dominant from the start and 20 minutes in, had taken the lead against their hosts. Good movement down the right-hand side saw Jordan Spence, Junior Stanislas and Freddie Sears involved with the ball being cut across the box for Jack Jeffrey to net his first goal of the campaign. Just ten minutes later, West Ham increased their foothold on the game by grabbing a second. The goal was similar to the first in that there was more good movement and passing, before Sears finished well from 10 yards out. In the second half, Hammers were once again strong, Stanislas went close with an effort and despite a few long-range efforts from Coventry, it was West Ham who saw out the match to go home with all the points. The youth team has now won two games and drawn one, putting a little run together and have recovered well from the two defeats suffered in the opening games of the season. "We were unlucky to lose those first two games narrowly, but each week we have progressed and have now scored nine goals in three games. "We had been conceding a bit as well, so Saturday's win over Coventry was made even better as we got a clean sheet to show for our efforts as well," said Tony. "The boys are doing well. Jordan Spence has returned from the World Youth Cup finals very fit and sharp and Freddie Sears is hitting the net on a regular basis once again.

CARDIFF CITY Under-18 (F.A. Premier Academy League)

University of Glamorgan Playing Fields, Treforest

6 - 0 (Hales, Sears 2, Stanislas 2, Payne)

22nd September 2007

Street, O'Neill (Spence), Payne, N'Gala (Ashman), Blackwell, Stanislas, Hales (Edgar), Lee, Fry, Sears, Hines

West Ham United made it four games unbeaten in emphatic style with Junior Stanislas and Freddie Sears getting two goals apiece.After losing the first two matches of the season, Tony Carr's men are riding high after a second successive away win. The Welsh hosts were behind as early as the fifth minute when Stanislas struck his second goal of the season. It was to remain tight until a minute before the interval when midfielder Lee Hales converted. That proved the killer blow to Cardiff and the floodgates opened in the second half. Within five minutes of the break, Sears had got off the mark and just before the hour Stanislas notched his second. With 15 minutes to play, Josh Payne got in on the act before Sears rounded out the scoring in the 90th minute. The victory was the perfect preparation for the visit of Chelsea to Little Heath with Adam Street also keeping his second successive clean sheet after coming back into the side.

NO PROGRAMME ISSUED

CARDIFF CITY Under-18 (F.A. Premier Academy League)

Little Heath

4 - 1 (Sears 3, Stanislas)

29th September 2007

Street

Spence

Payne (N'Gala)

Tomkins

Miller (Blackwel)

Stanislas

Harvey

Lee

Edgar

Sears

Hines (Kearns)

Freddie Sears continued his scoring streak with a stunning hat-trick as West Ham United went goal crazy for the second successive game.

After last week's 6-0 triumph at Cardiff City, Tony Carr's side ran out convincing winners at home against Chelsea at Little Heath. As with last week though, the first half was a cagey affair with only Sears' goal on 15 minutes separating the sides at the interval. However, it was to be a different story after the break.

The 17-year-old striker notched his second on 50 minutes and completed his treble midway through the half, just five minutes after Junior Stanislas kept up his fine form with a goal on the hour. The victory owed much to the defensive form of James Tomkins, who must surely be knocking on the first team soon.