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The Youth team play 18 group fixtures, twice against the other nine teams on a home and away basis. They also play ten inter-group fixtures against teams from Groups B, C and D. In all they play 28 matches. The four group winners proceed to the Semi-Final before the Final is held in May
EVERTON Under-18 : F.A. Premier Academy League
2 - 1 (Montano, Brookes)
22 August 2009
A late Tony Brookes header was enough to give the Hammers an impressive win on the opening day of the FA Premier Academy League campaign.
Brookes, playing at right-back, signed his first professional contract with the club in the summer. His headed winner meant an excellent result from an inter-group fixture that had seen the side travel up on Friday to Merseyside to take on the Toffees. He along with captain Oliver Lee and Danny Kearns provided much needed experience in the side.
In all, Carr's team play 18 games home and away against all of their Group A rivals and then a total of ten fixtures against sides from Groups B, C and D. Everton are in Group C, the same division as Stoke City who travel to Little Heath this coming Saturday.
The young Hammers were raring to go on Saturday morning after an impressive pre-season and applied early pressure before opening the scoring against their hosts through Cristian Montano's tenth-minute goal. Everton were soon able to level matters at their Finch Farm ground through Karl Sheppard but when Kearns swung in a corner five minutes from time, Brookes was on the spot to claim the victory.
STOKE CITY Under-18 : F.A. Premier Academy League
0 - 1
29 August 2009
Mehmet, Driver, Brown, Lampe,Sanchez,Moncur (Werndly), Barrett, Wearen, Abdulla (Hall), Montano, Purdy (Craig)
Tony Carr's side were unlucky to lose their first home match of the 2009/10 FA Premier Academy League season. Having won 2-1 at Everton the week before, the Hammers were frustrated at Little Heath. Like the Toffees tie, the Stoke match was one often inter-group fixtures to be played by the U 18s in their 28-game season. Carr's side will hope to bounce back with a trip to Group A rivals Tottenham Hotspur on the 5th September. Cristian Montano and Ahmed Abdulla were both particularly lively up front and had a number of chances to level matters after Stoke had taken the lead in the first half through a headed goal from a left-wing cross. However, the Hammers - captained by Sergio Sanchez - were unable to take advantage of their pressure. Nick Barrett with a decent run and shot late in the game was perhaps the closest to an equaliser.
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR Under-18 : F.A. Premier Academy League
2 - 5 (Hall, Sanchez)
5 September 2009
A youthful Academy side came up short in the London derby. Tony Carr's side found themselves 3-0 down by half-time and quickly conceded a fourth in the second half before staging a spirited fightback. Robert Hall, still only 15, and captain Sergio Sanchez pulled two goals back and the Hammers began to believe they could yet earn something from the game. However, Danny Subuola was unlucky with a great chance to make it 4-3 and Spurs regained their superiority and added a fifth. Academy Director Tony carr commemented "We got two goals back and could have made it interesting had we got the third one but it was not to be. Peter Loveday saved a penalty before they scored again." Carr changed things around in the second half with Sanchez dropping back into defence from a holding midfield role and Hall on a rare start at this level soon got his reward. Sanchez then headed in from close range after a corner before substitute Subuola nearly added a third. Goalkeeper Loveday, on his first start of the season with Turkey's Deniz Mehmet on international duty, then saved from the spot while Hall also had a couple more opportunities.
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BIRMINGHAM CITY Under-18 : F.A. Premier Academy League
1 - 2 (Purdy)
12 September 2009
Street, Driver, Brown, McNaughton (Modelski), Sanchez, Moncur (Werndly), Barrett (Okus), Wearen, Purdy, Hall (Werndly), Kearns
The Academy youngsters suffered their third defeat in a row despite taking the lead at Little Heath through Danny Purdy. The Republic of Ireland Under-17 international, fresh from representing his country in a recent tournament, opened the scoring with a neat finish after capitalising on a Birmingham mistake out on the Hammers left wing. Purdy surged goalwards and slotted the ball under the keeper to open the scoring. However, the Blues were able to equalise before half-time after a mistake in the Hammers rearguard and that goal allowed them to believe they could head back to the Midlands with all three points. After Purdy saw a solid save deny him the chance to restore the lead, Birmingham broke home hearts following an incisive move through the middle. It means the Hammers have lost their last two fixtures at home, with a 1-0 defeat by a visiting Stoke City followed by a 5-2 loss at Tottenham Hotspur last week. There is an immediate chance to get things going again at Little Heath when Cardiff City arrive for another inter-group fixture next Saturday.
CARDIFF CITY Under-18 : F.A. Premier Academy League
0 - 0
19 September 2009
Mehmet, Modelski, McNaughton, Sanchez, Brown, Barrett, Moncur, Okus (Montano), Purdy (Driver), Abdulla, Subuola
Ten-man West Ham United ended a three-match FA Premier Academy League losing run with a battling goalless draw with Cardiff City at Little Heath. The Hammers lost right-back Filip Modelski two minutes after half-time when the Poland youth international received a second yellow card for deliberate handball. The defender was hugely unfortunate to see a red card, as both the handball decision, and that to book him for shirt-pulling on the stroke of half-time, appeared to be harsh. Despite being reduced to ten men, Tony Carr's side produced a spirited display, and could even have nicked all three points with a little more luck in the attacking third. In a game of few clear-cut opportunities, it was the Bluebirds who came closest to scoring a winner, only for Deniz Mehmet to pull of a brave stop to keep out Nathaniel Daniels' seventh-minute shot with his head. West Ham's best moment arrived on 22 minutes, when a sweeping move from back to front involving Mehmet, Sergio Sanchez, George Moncur, Danny Subuola and Ahmed Abdulla ended with Danny Purdy just unable to finish from an acute angle. Subuola also went close himself nine minutes before the break, but his shot was well saved by Cardiff goalkeeper Jordan Santiago with his legs. With Carr forced to sacrifice forward Purdy for defender Callum Driver following Modelski's dismissal, the Hammers were forced to play on the break for the remainder of the game, with Subuola running himself into the ground up front. There were impressive rearguard actions across the pitch, with Sanchez, Nick Barrett and captain Jordan Brown particularly catching the eye. Substitutes Driver and Cristian Montano also worked hard to relieve the pressure on the home side. Turkey Under-17 stopper Mehmet took centre-stage with three minutes remaining, brilliantly parrying substitute Soloman Taylor's shot on to the post. West Ham broke straight up the other end, where replacement Jack Werndly worked Santiago with a powerful left-foot shot. Having lost to Stoke City, Tottenham Hotspur and Birmingham City in their last three matches, Carr and his players will have taken confidence from the relative ease with which they held off Cardiff in the second half.
IPSWICH TOWN Under-18 : F.A. Premier Academy League
Playford RoadTraining Ground
1 - 2 (Montano)
26 September 2009
The Under-18s went down 2-1 at Ipswich Town Playford Road training ground. They will feel unlucky to have not taken anything from the game after hitting the woodwork twice and being denied by two outstanding saves from the Ipswich goalkeeper with the score at 0-0.
Ipswich took the lead in the 25th minute with their first attack of the game and it stayed that way until half time. In the second half Cristian Montano was denied in a one-on-one by another superb save from the Ipswich stopper. Moments later, the hosts got the killer second after the West Ham defence's offside trap was broken to leave their striker with a simple finish. Cristian Montano grabbed a late header to set up a close finish but the home side held on to pick up all three points.
The Under-18s will be looking to return to winning ways when they play host to Southampton at Little Heath next weekend.
SOUTHAMPTON Under-18 : F.A. Premier Academy League
3 - 3 (Werndly 2, Subuola)
3 October 2009
Mehmet, Smith, Brown, Lampe, Sanchez, Barrett, Moncur (Okus), Wearen (Driver), Werndly, Subuola (Tombides), Abdulla
Two Jack Werndly goals were not enough to help West Ham United to a first win in six matches as Southampton battled from a two-goal deficit to draw at the death. Werndly was making his first start of the season and showed good composure to score in each half- his first U18 goals - before Danny Subuola also got off the mark at this level with the third on a windy morning at Little Heath. That put the Hammers 3-1 up but Carr's young charges allowed the visitors to force their way back into the contest and only a last-ditch Jack Lampe clearance late on ensured the point.
West Ham had been full value for their lead with Ahmed Abdulla pulling the strings. The Saudi Arabian-born forward made all three goals and turned in an impressive display in a dynamic front-three formation fielded by Carr. The Hammers were without Danny Purdy, who scored while on international duty last week with the Republic of Ireland U17 side. Werndly broke the deadlock by lifting the ball neatly over the Saints keeper after Abdulla had beaten the defence with a chipped pass. However, the visitors were able to equalise before half-time and more goals always seemed likely after the interval. In the second half, the Hammers were on top and few were surprised when Abdulla pushed the ball through to Werndly to score with a left-footed drive across the keeper that took a wicked bounce on its way into the net. Abdulla then supplied a through-ball for Subuola to smash in a strong right-footed third. Subuola was substituted soon afterwards, allowing promising U16 forward Dylan Tombides to make his first U18 appearance. Southampton's first goal back came on a quick counterattack after a West Ham free-kick in Southampton territory before an uncharacteristic error by Denis Mehmet in the closing stages allowed the equaliser. The Turkey U17 international, who is still only 16 and trained with the first team last week, came to make a routine catch but allowed the ball to squeeze out of his grasp and a Southampton player was on hand to convert.
CRYSTAL PALACE Under-18 : F.A. Premier Academy League
Copers Cope Road
1 - 1 (Okus)
10 October 2009
Mehmet, Modelski, Brown, Craig (Lampe), Sanchez, Barrett (Abdulla), Okus, Werndly, Subuola (Purdy), Wearen, Montano
Conor Okus scored on his first full start of the season as West Ham United earned a creditable draw away to Crystal Palace. The midfielder struck midway through the first half after a good move involving Cristian Montano, who was himself just back from injury troubles while Filip Modelski got another game under his belt after his recent knee injury. The Hammers held the lead until the hour when the Eagles capitalised on injured centre-half Paco Craig being off the pitch to convert from a free-kick. Having drawn 3-3 last weekend at home to Southampton last weekend, Tony Carr's team will be on the road next Saturday as well when they go to Portsmouth. Danny Purdy could be back in contention after getting a late run-out against Palace after his goalscoring exploits with the Republic of Ireland U17 side last week.
PORTSMOUTH Under-18 : F.A. Premier Academy League
Stoneham Lane, Eastleigh
2 - 0 (Tombides, Abdulla)
17 October 2009
Street, Modelski (Driver), Craig, Sanchez, Brown, Barrett, Moncur, Okus, Werndly (Purdy),Abdulla, Tombides (Wearen)
West Ham United's Under-18s extended their unbeaten FA Premier Adademy League run to three matches with an impirtant victory at Portsmouth. Second half goals from debutant Dylan Tombides and Ahmed Abdulla saw the Hammers score their first win since the opening day of the season at Stoneham Lane in Eastleigh. Tombides, who has been in red-hot form for the Hammers' U16 team this season, opened the scoring before Abdulla made the game safe, ending a run of seven league matches without a win stretching back to the 2-1 success at Everton on 22nd August. Academy Director Tony Carr was delighted with the result, saying "It was a good win for us in what was a scrappy game on a pitch that was more suitable for rugby than for football. It's a real confidence booster for all of us and we'll look to win again when we entertain Arsenal on 31st October.
ARSENAL Under-18 : F.A. Premier Academy League
3 - 1 (Abdulla, Montano, Moncur)
31 October 2009
Street, Driver, Craig, Sanchez, Brown (Purdy), Barrett, Okus, Wearen (Moncur), Subuola (Modelski), Abdulla, Montano
Tony Carr was a happy man after watching his West Ham United Under-18s secure a hugely impressive 3-1 FA Premier Academy League victory over Arsenal. The Academy Director admitted to being impressed after watching his side battle back from a goal down at half-time to defeat the highly-rated Gunners at Little Heath. Former Arsenal youngster Ahmed Abdulla, Cristian Montano and substitute George Moncur were all on target as the Hammers won for the second straight match and extended their unbeaten run to four matches. Having seen his youngsters put their indifferent start to the season behind them, Carr was pleased with the performance of his players at both ends of the pitch. "We started brightly and Danny Subuola had a great chance to put us 1 -0 up, but fired it wide. Arsenal then took the lead about halfway through the first half, so we went into half-time a goal down," said Carr. "We also lost Eoin Wearen to a knee injury after half-an-hour, with George Moncur coming on to replace him. "We started the second half well and Ahmed scored the equaliser from close-range five minutes in following good work from Cristian and Conor Okus. "After the goal, we controlled the game and looked the better team, and were rewarded on 70 minutes when a really good passing move ended with Cristian firing high into the top corner from an acute angle. "Our third goal came in the last minute, when Calum Driver's header from a corner was cleared from off the line to George on the edge of the penalty area. He took a touch and drove it high into the goal. "That is two wins on the spin now and four games unbeaten, so hopefully we've turned the corner. We've been more ruthless in front of goal and more stingy at the back, which is a good combination to have."
FULHAM Under-18 : F.A. Premier Academy League
0 - 0
7 November 2009
West Ham United Under-18s extended their unbeaten FA Premier Academy League run to five matches with a goalless draw at Fulham. Tony Carr's side edged a close-fought contest at Motspur Park, and could have stolen all three points had Danny Subuola and Cristian Montano not spurned presentable goalscoring opportunities. At the other end, Canada U20 goalkeeper Adam Street made a pair of fine saves to earn the Hammers their third clean sheet of the season. Overall, Academy Director Carr said he was pleased with his side's performance against an older, more experienced Fulham outfit. "It was a game of missed chances which, had they been taken, either side could have won," said Carr. "We edged the game in terms of possession and chances, particularly before half-time, but we didn't manage to take advantage when we were in the ascendancy. "Danny Subuola had a good chance, while Cristian fired wide when, if he had hit the target, I'm sure he would have scored. "We were very, very good in the first half, and later in the second, but we were just unable to complete the final pass or put the finish to some superb passing moves. We have not been clinical enough at times this season, and that was the case again. "Defensively, we are looking much more secure and we didn't allow Fulham to create many clear chances. When they did, Adam pulled off a couple of very good saves. "Overall, it was a good team performance, but we were not quite clinical enough to secure the win.
CHELSEA Under-18 : F.A. Premier Academy League
3 - 1 (Hall 2, Okus)
14 November 2009
Loveday, Modelski, Craig, Sanchez, Brown, Moncur, Wearen (Barrett), Okus, Abdulla, Hall (Werndly), Montano
Robert Hall scored two goals as West Ham United Under-18s beat Chelsea 3-1 to make it six games without loss Hall struck once in either half for Tony Carr's side before the visitors pulled one back. Conor Okus made the game safe with a third for the hosts in the 80th minute In strong winds at Little Heath, West Ham took the lead when Hall collected a superb defence-splitting pass from Ahmed Abdulla and beat the goalkeeper with a low drive. The 16-year-old doubled the advantage a minute after the interval when he dispossessed Chelsea's central defender and whipped a delicious shot past the goalkeeper and into the far corner of the net The second goal seemed to awaken the visitors and they started to press forward with more purpose with a goal from a left-wing cross However, Conor Okus was to have the final say of the match with West Ham's third ten minutes from time. The midfielder, who had missed a good opportunity moments earlier, finished off a fine move by collecting Cristian Montano's pass and firing home "We played very well in the conditions and thought we adapted to them much better than Chelsea did, especially in the first half," Carr said. "They never really came out and had a go at us until they were 2-0 down but we finished strongly and could have won by two or three more "Chelsea were second in the league so it is no mean feat to have beaten them as comprehensively as we did. "The pitch was very heavy, very boggy and the strong winds didn't help. When the rain did come down in the game it made it very difficult.
CHARLTON ATHLETIC Under-18 : F.A. Premier Academy League
1 - 2 ( Hall)
21 November 2009
West Ham United Under-18s' six-match unbeaten run came to an end with defeat against Charlton Athletic at their Sparrows Lane ground.
After an even opening 45 minutes, the hosts took the lead midway through the second half. Tony Carr's side hit back soon after, though, with Robert Hall's third goal in two games.
Jack Werndly went close to putting the Hammers ahead with two chances in quick succession. The 16-year-old could not quite convert a one-on-one with the goalkeeper before heading a Hall cross into the ground and over the bar.
It was not to be West Ham's day though, as Charlton sealed the points with a winner in the 80th minute.
Carr said: "We conceded two poor goals and missed two good chances. It's a game we shouldn't have lost but if you don't do the basics right you lose the game and we didn't do the basics well enough."
NORWICH CITY Under-18 : F.A. Premier Academy League
3 - 1 (Montano 2, Barrett)
5 December 2009
Loveday, Modelski (Smith), Craig, Sanchez, Brown (Driver), Barret (Subuola), Moncur, Wearen, Purdy, Montano, Hall
West Ham United Under-18s returned to winning ways with a fine 3-1 FA Premier Academy League victory over Norwich City Cristian Montano scored twice, including a mesmerising individual effort, and Nicky Barrett his second goal of the season to close the gap on the Group A leaders. Academy Director Tony Carr said the result on Saturday would also serve as a morale-booster ahead of Wednesday evening's FA Youth Cup third-round tie at Plymouth Argyle "It was a good win in very heavy conditions," Carr said. "The rain this week hadn't helped the pitches, but in the first half we played as well as we've played all season "We scored early on when Nick Barrett finished after Robert Hall had squared the ball. Cristian Montano then doubled our lead with a header from a corner to put us in a commanding position "We had chances to score more goals before half-time, which unfortunately Nick and Cristian could not convert. We went in 2-0 up so I was quite pleased with the first-half performance "In the second half they came out and had a little go at us and pulled a goal back to make it 2-1, but Cristian then scored a solo goal straight from our kick-off. The ball was touched to him and he literally ran through their whole team to score. It was unbelievable, like Diego Maradona. It was really a terrific goal "They had a player sent-off with 20 minutes remaining when he brought down Robert with only the goalkeeper to beat, so they finished with only ten men "I'm really pleased with the result, really pleased with the first-half performance and it puts us in a good frame of mind ahead of Tuesday's game."
PLYMOUTH ARGYLE : FA Youth Cup (Third Round)
1 - 0 (Purdy) aet
9 December 2009
A Danny Purdy strike in extra time was enough to give West Ham United's youngsters an impressive 1-0 away win against Plymouth Argyle in the FA Youth Cup third round at Home Park. In sodden conditions in Devon, Tony Carr's men had to wait until the 104th minute of an entertaining contest before Irish youth international striker Purdy showed great composure to score. He capitalised on a defensive blunder before firing low into the net with the help of a post. The woodwork had earlier saved the Pilgrims, with Robert Hall smashing a 25-yard-drive against an upright for the closest chance of normal time. West Ham had gone into the contest determined to make amends for exits at the first hurdle in the previous three editions of the competition. It was always going to be a tricky tie, with Plymouth boasting England Under-17 striker Liam Head - who has already figured for the club's first team - in their ranks. However, Carr also had a strong selection including an U17 starlet of their own in Hall and in-form Cristian Montano who had scored twice in a 3-1 weekend win against Norwich City.
PORTSMOUTH Under-18 : F.A. Premier Academy League
3 - 5 (Fanimo, Lampe, Vose)
12 December 2009
Mehmet, Smith, Lampe, Driver, Potts (Lee K.), Turgott, Vose, Purdy (Powell), Fanimo, Subuola, Werndly (Hurley)
A youthful West Ham United finished their pre-Christmas programme of FA Premier Academy League fixtures with a thrilling 5-3 home defeat by Portsmouth. Academy Director Tony Carr made eleven changes to the side that secured an extra-time 1-0 FA Youth Cup third-round victory at Plymouth Argyle in midweek, handing starts to England Under-16 internationals Blair Turgott and Mathias Fanimo. Fellow schoolboys Dominic Vose and Danny Potts - the son of former Hammers defender Steve Potts - were also in Carr's starting lineup, while Kenzer Lee, Jack Powell and Lamar Hurley all appeared as second-half substitutes. Portsmouth took an early lead at Little Heath, only for Fanimo to level matters with a left-footed drive from 25 yards. Pompey then took control against the inexperienced Hammers, racing into a 4-1 lead after half-time, only for the home side to launch a spirited late comeback. First, Vose finished well following good work from Miles Smith, Turgott and Danny Subuola, then Jack Lampe nudged the ball home at the far post. West Ham piled forward in search of and equaliser, only for a defensive mix-up between Callum Driver and goalkeeper Deniz Mehmet to allow Portsmouth to snatch a fifth goal late on. Despite the result, Carr was satisfied with his players' performance and attitude. "I didn't play any of the eleven who played in the FA Youth Cup," he confirmed. "Instead, I played some of the Under-16s and squad players. "Funny as it sounds, we could have got a draw out of the game. We were 4-1 down and pulled it back to 4-3. We could have scored an equaliser in the last ten minutes, only for a mistake to let them in to score again late on. "To be honest, I was disappointed with the way we defended, but it was great experience for the young players, who acquitted themselves very well."
FULHAM Under-18 : F.A. Premier Academy League
3 - 1 (Hall, Purdy, Subuola)
16 January 2010
Loveday, Modelski, Craig, Sanchez (McNaughton), Brown, Barrett, Moncur, Wearen, Purdy, Hall (Subuola), Abdulla (Turgott)
West Ham United Under-18s kept up their fine FA Premier Academy League form with a 3-1 victory over Fulham at Little Heath. Robert Hall, Danny Purdy and Danny Subuola were all on target as the Hammers warmed up for Tuesday's FA Youth Cup fourth-round visit of Queens Park Rangers with an impressive win. Hall opened the scoring after half-an-hour, creating a yard of space inside the penalty area before lashing a low, left-foot shot into the bottom corner of the net. Eoin Wearen sliced the ball into his own net to get Fulham back on level terms shortly after half-time before West Ham scored twice late on to collect the three points. Purdy slotted home from the penalty spot after Nicky Barrett had been sandwiched by two visiting defenders before Subuola saw his shot deflect off a Cottagers defender before flying past the helpless goalkeeper in the final minute. Carr's youngsters have now lost just two of their last ten league matches and will go into Tuesday's tie at the Boleyn Ground full of confidence.
QUEENS PARK RANGERS : FA Youth Cup (Fourth Round)
3 - 0 (Montano 2, Hall)
19 January 2010
Forwards Robert Hall and Cristian Montano were the stars of the show as West Ham United Under-18s moved into the FA Youth Cup fifth round with a 3-0 victory over Queens Park Rangers. England U17 striker Hall scored a stupendous goal and made another for Montano, who scored twice, as Tony Carr's Hammers eased past their cross-London rivals at the Boleyn Ground. The win saw Tony Carr's side reach the last 16 for the first time since getting to the quarter-finals in 2004/05. Having fallen at the first hurdle in each of the last two seasons, West Ham will now host Newcastle United for a place in the last eight. Montano's 20th-minute opener was football played the 'West Ham way' from start to finish. George Moncur, Nicky Barrett and Filip Modelski showed great composure to play the ball out from the back before working possession to Ahmed Abdulla. As Hall drew the R's defenders with a clever decoy run, the Saudi Arabian found Montano with a fine through ball and, after taking a neat first touch, the Colombia-born forward slotted the ball past goalkeeper Jon Miles. The second was exclusively down to Hall, who curled an unstoppable free-kick into the top corner from the tightest of angles two minutes before the break. Like Montano's first, it was the 16-year-old's sixth goal of the season. Hall was again the architect for Montano's seventh of the campaign. The Aylesbury-born frontman rolled a low cross for the 18-year-old, who faced Arsenal reserves and Sol Campbell at the same venue a week ago, to complete the scoring 14 minutes from time. Before Montano's opener, however, the Football League Youth Alliance South East Conference title-chasers had been the better side, harrying their opponents and forcing the home defenders into a succession of rushed clearances. Midfielder Sam Bewick should have given the R's the lead, racing past two challenges, only for Peter Loveday to make a fine save with his legs. Moments later, Montano would show him how it should be done. Having scored once, Montano could have doubled his tally almost immediately, only to lash a volley high into the Sir Trevor Brooking Stand from 12 yards when it looked easier to score. With the hosts' confidence visibly rising with every minute that went past, Abdulla was next to go close, forcing Miles into a low diving stop following impressive build-up play down the left involving Eoin Wearen and Hall. QPR were far from a spent force, however, and only a desperate block from Paco Craig prevented Javonne Molloy from capitalising on a mis-directed punch from Loveday. It was West Ham who carried the greater threat though and, two minutes before the break, the pressure finally paid off. The bright yellow-booted Hall added to his already burgeoning reputation with an unstoppable second before celebrating with some nifty dance moves with his team-mates. West Ham continued to play the better football after the break, but it was QPR who created the better chances. First, Loveday had to be alert to hold onto a snap-shot from Antonio German, then the same player could only prod straight at the goalkeeper when well-placed six yards out. Hall was not to be outshone by the R's striker, however, stinging Miles's fingertips with another well-struck effort before Sergio Sanchez was denied what looked like a certain goal by a miraculous last-ditch block. It would not be long before the Hammers added a third, though, and when it did arrive it was yet another impressive goal from start to finish. Montano and Hall combined yet again, with the Colombian playing the ball out to his partner before romping into the penalty area to slot in the youngster's inch-perfect centre.
CHELSEA Under-18 : F.A. Premier Academy League
Cobham Training Ground
3 - 4
23rd January 2010
NEWCASTLE UNITED : FA Youth Cup (Fifth Round)
0 - 3
3 February 2010
West Ham United's FA Youth Cup challenge came to a halt at the fifth-round stage following a 3-0 home defeat by Newcastle United. Despite making a bright start, the Hammers found themselves on the wrong end of goals from Jeffrey Henderson, Philip Airey and Bradden Inman. The hosts did make a fist of things late on, with George Moncur smashing a free-kick against the crossbar and Eoin Wearen seeing his 85th-minute penalty saved, but it is the Magpies who progress through to the quarter-finals. Tony Carr's youngsters had dominated possession in the early stages, but were unable to create a clear-cut opening and test Magpies goalkeeper Jak Alnwick. England Under-17 striker Robert Hall came the closest to breaking the deadlock, only to clip his shot wide of the far post following superb build-up play from Jordan Brown and Wearen. Hall and strike partner Cristian Montano then both passed up half-chances before the visitors opened the scoring with virtually their first attack of the tie on 14 minutes. A left-wing corner was scrambled off the line by Peter Loveday, only for the ball to fall to defender Henderson, who smashed a low shot goal wards. The Hammers were not so fortunate early in the second period, as Newcastle scored twice in the space of three minutes to put the tie beyond the home side. First, Airey latched on to a through ball before slotting low past Loveday on 49 minutes, then midfielder Inman slammed home a fine first-time shot from 20 yards on 51 minutes.
NORWICH CITY Under-18 : F.A. Premier Academy League
2 - 3 (Driver 2)
6 February 2010
A miraculous second-half fight-back from West Ham United's Under-18s came up just short at Norwich City. Trailing by three goals at half-time, the unlikely figure of left-back Callum Driver scored twice to take the Hammers to within a whisker of stealing an unlikely point before finally losing 3-2. Academy Director Tony Carr made eight changes from the team that lost 3-0 at home to Newcastle United in the FA Youth Cup fifth round in midweek. Carr handed starts to no fewer than three schoolboys, with England U16 stars Blair Turgott and Mathias Fanimo and striker Dylan Tombides all named in the XI. It was Driver who stole the headlines for the visitors, however, latching on to two loose balls inside the Canaries penalty area to smash home his first and second goals of the season. While he was disappointed with his side's first-half performance, Carr was glowing with pride at the spirit, application and no little skill shown by his players in the closing 45 minutes. "Callum's second goal came after 88 minutes, unfortunately, as if we'd played for another five minutes, I have no doubt that we would have nicked a draw. "We were 3-0 down at half-time and had played poorly against a Norwich team who were physically stronger than us and who included a number of over-age players. "However, we made a change in shape at half-time, moving from a diamond formation to a 4-4-2.
IPSWICH TOWN Under-18 : F.A. Premier Academy League
1 - 1 (Vose)
20 February 2010
Loveday, Young, Driver, McNaughton, Craig, Vose, Turgott, Purdy (Tombides), Hall, Subuola, Fanimo
Tony Carr was proud of the efforts of his young West Ham United team in battling back to secure an FA Premier Academy League point against Ipswich Town. Academy Director Carr blooded no fewer than five Under-16s in Saturday's fixture against the Tractor Boys, who had earlier knocked holders Arsenal out of this season's FA Youth Cup. Full-back Jake Young was handed his debut at U18 level, while midfielders Dominic Vose, Blair Turgott and Mathias Fanimo and striker Robert Hall were all given another chance to impress. The quintet, along with their six team-mates and yet another U16 - substitute Dylan Tombides - did not let Carr down, helping the Hammers to secure a hard-fought share of the spoils through Vose's late equaliser at Little Heath. "We are going to try and blood some of the Under-16s at this stage of the season and I thought we did really well against Ipswich's FA Youth Cup team," said Carr. "Ipswich had a lot of territory and possession, but we worked really hard and, even though we conceded to go behind late on, we stuck at it and equalised very late in the game. "The young boys acquitted themselves well and I thought we thoroughly deserved the draw."
CRYSTAL PALACE Under-18 : F.A. Premier Academy League
3 - 0 (Hall, Vose)
6 March 2010
Loveday, Driver, Lampe, McNaughton, Brown, Wearen (Moncur), Vose, Turgott, Abdulla (Purdy), Tombides (Subuola), Hall
Tony Carr is looking forward to a bright future after schoolboys Robert Hall and Dominic Vose fired West Ham United to a 3-0 FA Premier Academy League victory over Crystal Palace. England Under-17 striker Hall fired the Hammers into the lead shortly after half-time before winger Vose added two late individual goals at Little Heath. With two more schoolboys - England U16 midfielder Blair Turgott and striker Dylan Tombides - also in the starting lineup, Carr believes things are shaping up well within the club's Academy. Following Saturday's win over Palace, West Ham are up to fifth in the Group A table, six points behind second-placed Chelsea. "It was a tough game. In the first half, we had to thank Peter Loveday for making some good saves. Our defending was desperate at times, but we hung in there. "With four schoolboys in the side, it was always going to be a tough call physically, but we adjusted one or two things in the midfield that weren't quite right and we started on the front foot in the second half and, as much as we might have been grateful for being goalless at half-time, we started to dominate the game. "We got the first goal through Robert Hall. It was a typical Robert goal and he took it with aplomb. Dominic then popped up with two goals in the last 15 minutes. "For Robert's goal, he picked up the ball on the edge of the box, created a bit of space and drove the ball low to the keeper's left. "Dominic's first goal came from a good move in the midfield. We had a two against one situation and Dominic was slipped in and he went round the keeper and drove it in off a defender. Our third goal, he cut in from the left and drove it high into the net from the comer of the six-yard box. "Dominic scored two very good individual goals, but it was a good all-round team performance against Crystal Palace, who are second in the league. They have got one of the best defensive records, but we've scored three goals and kept a clean sheet ourselves. "I'm more than pleased and it bodes very well for the future, because we had a very young team who will get better and better. The future is rosy and I think we can look forward to seeing these players develop over the next couple of years.
READING Under-18 : F.A. Premier Academy League
1 - 1 (Wearen)
13 March 2010
Mehmet, Sanchez, McNaughton, Craig, Driver, Vose, Moncur, Barrett (Okus), Turgott (Wearen), Purdy (Hall), Subuola
West Ham United's U18s fought back to draw 1-1 with Reading at Little Heath. Eoin Wearen's 80th-minute equaliser secured West Ham United's U18s a deserved 1-1 FA Premier Academy League draw with Reading on Saturday morning. The Republic of Ireland U17 midfielder stole in behind the Royals defence to volley Dominic Vose's right-wing free-kick past the goalkeeper. Reading had taken the lead through a controversial penalty before half-time, but the Hammers could even have stolen all three points had the referee not turned down a convincing spot-kick appeal when Robert Hall appeared to be taken out in the closing moments.
LEICESTER CITY Under-18 : F.A. Premier Academy League
1 - 1 (Tombides)
20 March 2010
Cowler, Young, Driver, Craig, McNaughton, Moncur (Hunt), Okus, Turgott, Vose, Tombides, Subuola (Fanimo)
West Ham United Under-18s extended their unbeaten FA Premier Academy League run to four matches with a hard-fought 1-1 draw at Leicester City. Schoolboy forward Dylan Tombides was on target for Tony Carr's side, opening the scoring early on before the Foxes - unbeaten all season in the league - battled back to earn a share of the spoils with a second-half equaliser. Midfielder Conor Okus could have stolen a victory for the visitors, only to fire his shot straight at the Leicester goalkeeper after breaking through late in the game. Academy Director Carr named a young side for the trip to the Midlands, with no fewer than four U16s in his starting lineup, with three more schoolboys among the substitutes. Carr was pleased with the efforts of his players on a wet day at Leicester's Aylestone training base. "We did well considering they are unbeaten all season in the Academy League," said Carr. "We took the lead and might even have won the game, but it wasn't to be. "Leicester had corner after corner early in the second half and they finally made one count, but we defended very well." Jake Young made his second start at U18 level at right-back, while England U16 midfielder Blair Turgott, Dominic Vose and goalscorer Tombides were also involved from the kick-off. Schoolboy Declan Hunt was handed his first taste of action at this level, while Turgott's international team-mate Matthias Fanimo was also introduced as a second-half substitute.
BRISTOL CITY Under-18 : F.A. Premier Academy League
1 - 1 (Fanimo)
26 March 2010
Cowler, Modelski, Craig, McNaughton, Driver, Kearns (Abdulla), Turgott, Wearen, Lee (Montano), Fanimo, Subuola
A late, late penalty denied West Ham United Under-18s an FA Premier Academy League victory over Bristol City. Substitute Ryan Brunt's 95th-minute spot-kick secured a 1-1 draw for the Robins after England U16 winger Matthias Fanimo had slotted the Hammers into a second-half lead. The penalty left the home side shattered, as Bristol City had, up to then, created precious little in the way of goalscoring opportunities at a cold and blustery Little Heath. However, the Hammers lost possession deep inside the visitors' half, allowing City to break, and the referee pointed to the spot when Henry Muggeridge went down under Filip Modelski's challenge. Brunt stepped up and sent Sam Cowler the wrong way from 12 yards. Deputy Academy Director Paul Hilton, deputising while Tony Carr leads a combined U16/U17 squad at the Tiffany Cup in Washington DC, lamented the nature of the away side's late equaliser. "I suppose it was two points dropped, in the bigger picture, especially with conceding the late goal when we had the ball deep in the attacking corner. We just made a bad decision in trying to create another chance. "They'll have to leam from it, as that's the harsh reality of football. They worked very, very hard but didn't make the right choices at the end and ended up conceding a goal. "On overall reflection, I told the players they probably deserved a draw, even though I thought we played a lot better in the second half. We couldn't really get our passing going in the first half. "They looked a bit of a threat on the break through their striker Giani Kapika and the wide-right player Joe Lennox, but I'm a little disappointed we didn't win the game." With the first-year scholars en route to the United States, West Ham called upon first-year professionals Oily Lee and Danny Kearns, while schoolboys Fanimo and Blair Turgott were also handed starting places. Fanimo had already seen one effort well saved by goalkeeper Lewis Carey - who also denied Danny Subuola with a smart save - when he ran on to Subuola's through ball before holding off his marker and stabbing the ball inside the far post after 72 minutes. At the other end, Cowler was largely redundant, but was in the right place to repel efforts from the lively Lennox and Brunt, only to be beaten by the substitute's added-time penalty.
MILTON KEYNES DONS Under-18 : F.A. Premier Academy League
4 - 0 (Fanimo, Subuola, Tombides, Vose)
17 April 2010
West Ham United Under-18s extended their unbeaten FA Premier Academy League run to six matches with a 4-0 victory at MK Dons. After being held goalless for the opening 55 minutes, Danny Subuola, Mathias Fanimo, Dylan Tombides and Dominic Vose all found the target to complete a comprehensive success. The only sour note came in the shape of a late red card for Vose. Having draw their previous three league matches 1-1, the Hammers took advantage of a free weekend by defeating LA Galaxy 5-0 seven days ago, and Tony Carr's side demonstrated the same ruthless streak at an MK Dons side that have won just two of their 26 league games this season. After being frustrated throughout a tight first half, Subuola put the Hammers ahead from Vose's low cross before Fanimo scored a carbon-copy goal from George Moncur's centre. Tombides made it 3-0 before Vose cut inside from the left and curled a shot in off the far post. West Ham have now won eight, drawn eight and lost eight of their 24 league matches, and return to action at Arsenal.
ARSENAL Under-18 : F.A. Premier Academy League
0 - 1
21 April 2010
Mehmet, Driver, Sanchez, Craig, Brown, Fanimo, Wearen (Hurley), Moncur, Vose (Wernley), Subuola (Tombides), Hall
West Ham United Under-18s saw their six-match FA Premier Academy League run come to an end with a 1-0 defeat at Arsenal. England U17 striker Benik Afobe scored the only goal of the game two minutes before the break at the Gunners' London Colney training ground. Steve Bould's side, who have already wrapped up the Group A title, edged a close game that could have gone either way on a sunny afternoon. Academy Director Tony Carr said: "It was a good game. In the first half, we had by far the better chances, and Robert Hall missed a great opportunity following good work down the flank from Dominic Vose and Matthias Fanimo. "They then scored when Sergio Sanchez allowed a long punt down the field to bounce and their striker nodded it over Deniz Mehmet as he tried to retrieve the situation. It was disappointing, because they didn't really have to earn their goal. "We then dominated much of the second half and Paco Craig could have scored, but he couldn't get enough purchase on his header. We should have got at least a draw, to be honest, and might even have won the game. "Considering some of the players had played for the reserves in a friendly on Tuesday, they were a credit to themselves. I thought we equipped ourselves very well." Danny Subuola, a scorer at MK Dons on Saturday, had the first chance of the match, but could only fire straight at goalkeeper James Dunn. Arsenal hit back and only the post denied defender Daniel Boateng the opening goal a few moments later. West Ham looked like ending the first half on a high when both Subuola and Hall - goalscorer Afobe's international strike partner - shot narrowly off-target. The young forward made Carr's side pay on 43 minutes, slotting Conor Henderson's pass past Mehmet. Arsenal missed a pair of chances to double their lead before Craig (pictured) intervened to prevent Afobe from scoring again midway through the second half. Craig was thwarted by Dunn as West Ham finished strongly, with the goalkeeper showing great agility to keep out the centre-back's downward header from a Vose cross. Defender Cedric Evina was next to keep the Hammers at bay, hacking Hall's free-kick off the line, before Fanimo fired a shot into the side-netting to complete an decent yet frustrating afternoon's work.
WATFORD Under-18 : F.A. Premier Academy League
UCL Training Ground
3 - 2 (Fanimo, Sanchez, Werndly)
24 April 2010
Mehmet, Modelski, McNaughton, Sanchez, Brown, Fanimo, Moncur, Hurley, Montano (Werndly), Hall, Tombides (Vose)
West Ham United Under-18s returned to winning ways with a 3-2 victory at Watford. Goals from Matthias Fanimo, Sergio Sanchez and Jack Werndly (pictured) were enough to see the Hammers overcome their hosts at the University College London sports ground in London Colney. The success came just four days after West Ham had been beaten 1 -0 by runaway Group A leaders Arsenal just a few hundred metres away at their own London Colney training centre. Playing against Group B opposition this time around, Academy Director Tony Carr's side made no mistake, and could have won by a far wider margin had they not spurned a host of clear-cut chances. As it was, West Ham had to make do with a one-goal victory. Fanimo put the Hammers ahead before Watford equalised. Defender Sanchez netted his second Academy goal of the season to put the visitors back in front before substitute Werndly added a third. The hosts scored late on to set-up a grandstand finish, but Carr's youngsters held on to stretch their impressive recent run to just one defeat in eight league matches. Saturday's match also saw schoolboy Lamar Hurley make his first start for the U 18s in central midfield.
SOUTHAMPTON Under-18 : F.A. Premier Academy League
2 - 4 (Werndly 2)
1 May 2010
CHARLTON ATHLETIC Under-18 : F.A. Premier Academy League
3 - 0 (Fanimo, Tombides, Werndly)
7 May 2010
Cowler, Young, Craig, McNaughton, Brown, Fanimo (Tombides), Wearen (Hurley), Moncur (Hunt), Montano, Werndly, Hall
West Ham United Under-18s ended their FA Premier Academy League season on a high with a 3-0 win over Charlton Athletic at Little Heath. Matthias Fanimo put the Hammers a goal up at the break before Jack Werndly and substitute Dylan Tombides made the game safe in the second half. Victory for Tony Carr’s side ensured they will end the season fifth in the Group A standing, with ten wins, eight draws and ten defeats from their 28 matches. Fanimo’s well-constructed opener arrived on 28 minutes. Captain Jordan Brown’s throw-in was flicked on by Werndly to Christian Montano, who outpaced his marker before crossing low for the England U16 winger to convert from close-range. Home stopper Sam Cowler was rarely troubled, but did produce a number of telling catches and punches to clear the ball from danger. When Charlton did get beyond centre-backs Callum McNaughton and Paco Craig, the No1 was also there to mop up. Moncur curled another shot narrowly wide before West Ham finally made their pressure count on 64 minutes with a superb second goal. Right-back Jake Young and Fanimo combined before Hall’s cross was dummied cleverly by Moncur, allowing Werndly the time and space to sweep the ball home from ten yards. The scoring was completed 12 minutes from time by Australian-born Tombides, who played the ball wide to Hall before dashing into the box to flash a header in with great aplomb at the near post.
Director of Youth Academy : Tony Carr
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