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2012-13 F.A. Premier Academy League - Group A

West Ham United Under-18s play in Group A of the FA Premier Academy League. The 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 20 matches. The four group winners proceed to the semi-finals before the final is held in May 2013

Director of Youth Academy : Tony Carr

Coach: Nick Haycock

READING Under 18 : F.A. Premier Academy League

Hogwood Park

2 - 2 (Lee E. 2)

18th August 2012

12_08_18 Reading v. WHU Youth

Baxter

Siafa

Onnariase

Nasha

Shaw

Marlow

Miles (Cullen)

Mavila

Sadlier

Bywater

Lee E. (Boakye-Yiadom)

Elliot Lee scored twice as the Under-18s were held to a 2-2 draw at Reading in their Barclays Under-18 Premier League match. Striker Lee bagged two goals before half-time to send the Hammers in well ahead at the break, but the Royals struck back after half-time to earn a share of the spoils. Academy Director Tony Carr was pleased with his team's performance and admitted Reading had deserved a point on the basis of their second-half revival. "We were 2-0 up at half-time thanks to two typical Elliot Lee goals," Carr confirmed. "The first one he received the ball to feet on the edge of the box and turned his defender, cut inside and drove a low shot to the goalkeeper's right and into the corner. "The second one was very similar but this time he went out side his defender and slammed the ball inside the near post as the goalkeeper advanced. Both were typical individual Elliot Lee goals. "Reading got a goal back after half-time and then equalised a short time after that. At the end of the day it was a draw and I think it was probably a fair result. "It was a good workout for the boys and we played very well, particularly in the first half, but we ended up with a share of the spoils."

12_08_18 Reading v. WHU Unofficial

EVERTON Under 18 : F.A. Premier Academy League

BOLTON WANDERERS Under 18 : F.A. Premier Academy League

12_09_01 Bolton Wanderers v. WHU Unofficial

The Eddie Davis Academy

1 - 3 (Sadlier)

1st September 2012

Baxter

Siafa

Onnariase

Nasha

Shaw

Cullen

Miles (Marlow)

Tombides T. (Mavila)

Sadlier

Bywater

Lee E. (Boakye-Yiadom)

Little Heath

2 - 1 (Lee E., Tombides T.)

25th August 2012

Baxter

Siafa (Homans)

Onnariase

Nasha

Shaw

Cullen

Miles (Boakye-Yiadom)

Tombides T. (Mavila)

Sadlier

Bywater

Lee E.

WEST BROMWICH ALBION Under 18 : F.A. Premier Academy League

Little Heath

4 - 0 (Sadlier 2, Mavila, Miles)

15th September 2012

Larkins

Siafa (Girdlestone)

Shaw

Onnariase

Nasha

Cullen

Bywater

Tombides T. (Homans)

Mavila

Sadlier (Miles)

Boakye-Yiadom

West Ham United continued their encouraging start to the Barclays U18 Premier League season with a convincing 4-0 victory over West Bromwich Albion. Republic of Ireland age-group international Kieran Sadlier was on target twice for the Hammers at Little Heath, while Nathan Mavila and Taylor Miles completed the rout.

U18s coach Nick Haycock was naturally delighted with a victory that could have easily been even more emphatic, despite the fact the team was missing regular centre-forward Elliot Lee and England Under-18 defender Leo Chambers due to their involvement in Sunday's Development Squad fixture. "It was a deserved win," Haycock confirmed. "We had a young team out because Elliot and Leo were unavailable, so we had four schoolboys involved on the day. We always have faith in our youngsters and this result shows we are doing things the right way. "Manny Onnariase and Amos Nasha were superb at centre-back, Frazer Shaw was outstanding at left-back, while Josh Cullen and Kieran Bywater controlled the game in the middle of the park. Up front, Nathan, Kieran Sadlier and Taylor Tombides supported Nana Boakye-Yiadom really well in what was a very positive performance." The opening goal was netted by Mavila following good interplay between Tombides and Sadlier before Australia age-group international Tombides combined with Cullen to cross for Sadlier to double the hosts' advantage with a tap-in. Shaw and Tombides linked-up well before Sadlier scored the third and the

icing on the cake was provided by substitute Miles, who created space for himself before lashing in the fourth into the top corner.

Under-18s coach Nick Haycock was brimming with pride after West Ham United maintained their unbeaten start to the 2012/13 season courtesy of a 2-1 Barclays U18 Premier League victory over Everton. The Hammers produced an encouraging performance to overcome the Toffees at Little Heath. Elliot Lee added to the two goals he scored against Reading by firing West Ham in front with a well-struck free-kick. Everton equalised early in the second half, but Haycock's youngsters were not to be denied all three points as Taylor Tombides swept in Lee's cross to seal victory. "It was very evenly-contested game from two sides who both played passing games," explained Haycock. "In the first half we were the better team and created some good chances, with Kieran Bywater going close after a good interchange with Elliot. We took the lead just before half-time through a good free-kick from Elliot that he struck across his body into the bottom corner. "In the second half Everton came out strong and forced an equaliser and were the better team for the first 20 minutes. "Our young centre-back pairing of schoolboy Manny Onnariase and first-year scholar Amos Nasha and second-year full-backs Josh Siafa and Fraser Shaw defended resolutely. The winning goal came from a fine bit of play between Josh Cullen and Kieran Bywater, who combined in midfield to move the ball wide to Elliot. He went down the outside before pulling the ball back to Taylor Tombides, who slotted in at the near post. West Ham have now taken four points from their opening two league matches to put themselves among the early pace-setters in Group 1.

West Ham United suffered a 3-0 Barclays U18 Premier League defeat at London Colney - but the result fails to tell the full story of the game. Speaking post-match, U18s coach Nick Haycock pointed to the decision to award a penalty that allowed the Gunners to go two goals up as pivotal to the final outcome. He did, however, draw on the positives and felt that despite losing the game he and his players could hold their heads high. "Unfortunately we lost 3-0 but the scoreline doesn't tell the full story of the game," said Haycock. "It sounds like an emphatic win for Arsenal but that was certainly not the case. "We conceded early on and perhaps should have done better from a defensive point of view. That said, we reacted well and controlled most of the first half. "We created a lot of opportunities, particularly in the first 20 minutes of the second half where we dominated the game, until we were hit with a sucker punch."

ARSENAL Under 18 : F.A. Premier Academy League

Larkins

Siafa (Harney)

Shaw

Cullen

Nasha (Homans)

Onnariase

Boakye-Yiadom (Miles)

Byawater

Mavila

Sadlier

Lee E.

London Colney

0 - 3

22nd September 2012

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NORWICH CITY Under 18 : F.A. Premier Academy League

12_09_22 Arsenal v. WHU Unofficial 12_09_29 Norwich City v. WHU Unofficial 12_09_29 Norwich City v. WHU

Baxter

Alexander

Shaw

Cullen

Nasha (Harvey)

Onariase

Bywater

Miles (Knoyle)

Boakye-Yiadom

Sadlier

Mavila

Colney Training Centre

3 - 2 (Miles, Boakye-Yiadom, Onariase)

29th September 2012

Nick Haycock’s side started strongly and went into half-time with a 3-0 lead, and while the Canaries pulled two goals back in the second half, the Hammers held on to grab a valuable win. Taylor Miles notched the first strike for West Ham and a mistake from Norwich allowed Nana Boakye-Yiadom to grab the second for Hammers. A corner kick resulted in West Ham’s third goal before the breack as Manny Onariase put the away side into a commanding lead.

The second half saw pressure from Norwich as they looked to get back into the game and the home side’s efforts paid off when Craig Norman pulled a goal back for the Canaries. Carlton Morris added to Norich’s tally with their second but the Hammers were unlucky not to have gone further ahead, when a penalty was saved by Norwich kepper Remi Matthews. The Hammers held out though to bounce back after the previous week’s defeat to Arsenal.

BLACKBURN ROVERS Under 18 : F.A. Premier Academy League

BOLTON WANDERERS Under 18 : F.A. Premier Academy League

EVERTON Under 18 : F.A. Premier Academy League

READING Under 18 : F.A. Premier Academy League

ARSENAL Under 18 : F.A. Premier Academy League

WEST BROMWICH ALBION Under 18 : F.A. Premier Academy League

NORWICH CITY Under 18 : F.A. Premier Academy League

BLACKBURN ROVERS Under 18 : F.A. Premier Academy League

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Official programmed dated 28th September 2012

12_10_06 WHU v. Blackburn Rovers Unofficial

Little Heath

0 - 1

6th October 2012

Academy Director Tony Carr gave an honest assessment of West Ham United's 1-0 Barclays U18 Premier League defeat by Blackburn Rovers at Little Heath. A tight game saw both sides struggle to gain a foothold long enough to dominate proceedings, but West Ham were denied a positive results by missing a succession of good chances. Blackburn then punished their hosts by scoring the only goal of the game. Nana Boakye-Yiadom and Kieran Sadlier both failed to take advantage of decent openings and Carr admitted the Hammers' profligacy had cost them. "Unfortunately we lost 1-0," said Carr.

"The game was incredibly tight and it could have gone either way. We created three very good chances before they took the lead but were unable to take them. "Nana Boakye-Yiadom had two good chances, as did Kieran Sadlier, but like so often happens in football they hit us on the break and got the goal that mattered."

The best chance of the game fell to Sadlier but the Republic of Ireland forward, who has been in good form recently, failed to make it count, Carr believes the Hammers taking the lead would have changed the outcome of the game. "The best chance of the game fell to Kieran Sadlier. He went through on goal one-on-one with the goalkeeper and he should have done better than he did. "If we had taken that chance or one of others I think we would have gone on to win the game but we didn't and we got punished."

 

Baxter

Alexander

Shaw

Makasi

Harney

Onariase

Sadlier

Miles (Bywater)

Boakye-Yiadom

Cullen (Tombides T.)

Mavila (Nasha)

Baxter

Alexander

Shaw

Cullen

Onariase (Page)

Nasha (Girdlestone)

Bywater

Boakye-Yiadom (Miles)

Sadlier

Tombides T.

Mavila

Little Heath

0 - 4

20th October 2012

12_10_20 WHU v. Bolton Wanderers Unofficial

West Ham United’s youngsters were left to rue a series of defensive mistakes as they suffered a 4-0 defeat at the hands of Bolton Wanderers at Little Heath.

The Hammers created plenty of chances, only for errors in their own third of the pitch to cost them dear against the Group 1 leaders. At the other end, Taylor Tombides and Nana Boakkye-Yiadom were both guilty of missing clear-cut chances to get their names on the scoresheet. Bolton went ahead when a west Ham throw-in deep inside their own half saw George Iliev steal possession before finding Tom Youngs. Youngs played a one-two with Zabk Clough before cutting the ball back for Elliott Newby to slot confidently past Sam baxter from 12 yards. It got worse for the hosts when Cheye Alexander’s pass into midfield was intercepted by Luke Woodland, who then ran forward before beating Baxter with a low shot from 25 yards.

Bolton went further ahead when Josh Cullen was caught in possession by Clough, who burst between the England Under-16 midfielder and Rob Girdlestone and into the penalty area. Baxter could only parry Clough’s initial shot into the air, allowing the Bolton No.9 to head the ball into the unguarded net.

The Trotters completed a comprehensive victory when Bulgarian youngster Iliev collected a throw0in before spinning away from Alexander and curling a shot high over Baxter and into the net from the left corner of the box.

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Finch Farm

1 -1 (Sadlier [pen])

27th October 2012

Baxter

Alexander

Page

Miles (Gogo)

Nasha

Onariase (Siafa)

Tombides T. (Boakye-Yiadom)

Bywater

Makasi

Cullen

Sadlier

West Ham United's Under-18s shared a goal apiece with Everton. Nick Haycock's visitors took the lead through Kieran Sadlier's penalty in the 20th minute after his shot was ruled to have hit Jake Adelson's arm. Sadlier nearly doubled the lead soon after when he shot wide when well placed as the Hammers adapted quicker to a cold and windy afternoon at Finch Farm. The second half was a different story, though, as the hosts increased the tempo and went close through Courtney Duffus and Joseph Williams. Their pressure eventually told when they were awarded a penalty of their own for a foul on Ryan Ledson, who stepped up to convert the kick. The Hammers stood strong in the face of late Everton pressure to end a run of two straight defeats.

12_11_03 WHU v. Reading Unofficial 12_11_17 WBA v. WHU Unofficial

West Ham United ended a four-match winless run by scoring an impressive 2-0  Barclays U18 Premier League Group 1 victory over Arsenal. Having taken the lead through an own-goal from a Gunners player, striker Elliot Lee netted his fourth goal in five youth-team matches this season to complete a fine win at Little Heath. Perhaps just as pleasing for the coaching staff was the fact that the Hammers kept their second clean sheet in eleven league matches this term. West Ham also gained revenge for the 3-0 defeat they suffered in the reverse fixture at Arsenal in September. Academy Director Tony Carr MBE was justifiably pleased with the team's efforts, saying: "It was a good performance and I thought we just about edged it and deserved our win. We created some good chances and got our goals at good times." Lee was partnered in attack by Walter Figueira, a 17-year-old forward on trial from Chelsea.

Baxter

Alexander

Harnie

Nasha

Page

Miles

Cullen

Bywater

Gogo (Onariase)

Mavila (Siafa)

Makasi (Boakye-Yiadom)

 

Little Heath

1 - 2 (Onariase)

3rd November 2012

Baxter

Alexander

Page

Nasha

Harney

Cullen (Onariase)

Bywater

Miles (Sadlier)

Mavila

Lee (Boakye-Yiadom)

Figueira

 

 

Little Heath

2 - 0 (Figueira, Lee)

10th November 2012

The Academy of Football has been firing on all cylinders this season, with no fewer than seven graduates appearing for West Ham United's first team so far. Meanwhile, a host of scholars have already graduated to the Development Squad, helping Ian Hendon's side to reach the top of the Barclays U21 Premier League Group 1 table. With so many youngsters playing 'up' at a higher level, a number of first-year scholars and schoolboys have found themselves playing regularly for Nick Haycock's Under-18s. Fifteen-year-old Manny Onnariase has appeared in all ten Barclays U18 Premier League Group 1 matches, while first-years Amos Nasha, Josh Cullen, Nana Boakye-Yiadom, Taylor Tombides, Moses Makasi and Robert Page have all played their part. However, Haycock admitted that his players' lack of experience has seen them come up short against teams full of second-year scholars, many of whom are more physically developed and used to life as full-time footballers. The coach said those factors played a part in Saturday's 2-1 defeat by Reading at Little Heath, when he was without first-team squad member Leo Chambers and Development Squad players Frazer Shaw and Elliot Lee. "The game was pretty similar to the others we have had in recent weeks," said Haycock. "We have basically been fielding an Under-17 team in an Under-18 league, save for two or three second-year scholars, so the boys are still getting used to playing 'up' and are giving away a lot in terms of age and experience. We looked back at the DVD and we should have had four penalties, while Reading's first goal this week was clearly offside. "To their credit, the boys kept their shape well and worked hard to get back into the game, but Reading then scored a second through a 25-yarder just before half-time. At half-time, we told them we could get something if we did things better in the final third. We put on Manny Onnariase at half-time and he headed in a free-kick at the near post to get us back in it and I felt we could easily have gone on and won the game.

Rosique

Siafa

Onariase

Nasha

Page (Marlow)

Miles (Cullen)

Sadlier

Bywater

Shaw

Figueira (Mavila)

Lee

 

 

 

WBA Training Ground

0 - 2

17th November 2012

West Ham United were beaten 2-0 at the WBA Training Ground. The Hammers matched their hosts for long periods on a wet and windy day in the Midlands, only for two second-half golas to see the Baggies collect all three points. A disallowed goal and a missed opportunity when the game was still goalless were the major factors in West Ham’s defeat. We weathered the early storm and got ourselves back into the game without really dominating in any way, shape or form. 15 minutes before half-time the hammers thought thay had scored a legitimate goal. Trialist Walter Figueira from Chelsea, was put through and he chased alongside their centre-back. They came together shoulkder-to-shoulder and alter withstood the challenge, but their boy fell over as Walter put the ball in the net and the referee gave the foul. Nil-nil at half-time we had our best spell in the 20 minutes after the break. One particular move saw Kieran Sadlier put a great ball into the box for Elliot Lee, who you would have put your house on to score, but he put it just past the post. A few minutes later, from a throw-in around the Hammers box, Baggies forward Rees Wedderburn turned past one defender and the second defender slipped over, allowing him to go through on goal and he slotted it in. The goal lifyed West Brom and they scored a second goal towards the end through Ryan Pace. It was an even game but they took their chances and we didn’t said Academ Director Tony Carr

12_11_24 WHU v. Norwich City Unofficial

Rosique

Siafa

Page (Girdlestone)

Miles

Nasha

Onariase (Harney)

Bywater

Cullen

Figueira

Sadlier

Mavila

 

 

 

Little Heath

3 - 2 (Sadlier 2, Mavila)

24th November 2012

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Rosique

Siafa

Harney (Onariase)

Nasha

Page

Miles

Cullen

Mavila

Bywater

Figueira (Labonne)

Boakye-Yiadom (Martins)

 

 

 

 

Brockhall Training Ground

1 - 4 (Bywater)

1st December 2012

12_11_10 WHU v. Arsenal Unofficial

ALDERSHOT : F.A. Youth Cup (Third Round)

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Academy manager Tony Carr admitted West Ham United had been beaten by the stronger side in the 4-1 Barclays U18 premier League defeat at Blackburn Rovers. The Hammers went into the fixture knowing victory would all but assure them a place in the post-Christmas Elite Group Stage, but injuries, loans and Development Squad and first-team call-ups left Carr and coach Nick Haycock with an inexperienced squad at their disposal. Physically, it was a bit of a mis-match, but we worked hard and gave it our all. Unfortunately, we were not quite up to the standard and it was a tough, tough game. Being in the second tier means we can still qualify for the finals and play the Elite Group Stage winners if we can win our group. While Carr was naturally disappointed to see the U18s lose at Blackburn’s brockhall Training Ground, he praised the youngsters for thie attitude and for scoring an impressive consolation goal through the impressive Kieran Bywater. It was a good move and undoubtedly the highlight of the game as far as we were concerned. Dymon Labonne, who came on for his first appearance of the season after recovering from a knee injury, put in a great ball and Kieran volleyed home from 15 yards

Baxter

Siafa

Shaw

Marlow

Nasha

Harney

Bywater

Miles (Makasi)

Lee (Martins)

Cullen (Mavila)

Sadlier

 

 

 

 

The EBB Stadium

3 - 1 (Lee 2, Harney)

10th December 2012

West Ham United first-year scholar Jamie Harney put his head to good use in Monday's 3-1 FA Youth Cup third-round win at Aldershot Town. The Northern Ireland Under-17 centre-back was called into action to make a series of aerial clearances during a nervy first half before nodding in the Hammers' second goal with a bullet header midway through the second period. Speaking to West Ham TV for the first time since starting his full-time scholarship in the summer, the 16-year-old said he has settled in quickly in east London. "I thought it was a very good start for us in the Youth Cup and a good team effort in the end," said Harney. "It was one of those tough games where we had to dig in as a team and try to dig out the result and I think we did that. "I think it was a case that some of the players were nervous in the first half, but in the second we showed what we could do and we finally got the victory and everybody was happy with it. "We had our strongest team out against Aldershot, aside from Leo Chambers who is injured, but I thought we did well as a team and I hope we can on forward now and try to win the FA Youth Cup."

Harney was particularly pleased to score his first goal at Under-18 level when he powered in Nathan Mavila's right-wing corner with 25 minutes remaining. "I was very happy with it. It was all in the delivery because the ball in was perfect and it landed on my head. I closed my eyes and it went into the back of the net so I was very happy with that one. "I like my heading so I'll have to try and keep it up in the next round of the FA Youth Cup and try to get another goal."

For the teenager, success in a claret and blue shirt will vindicate his decision to leave his family home in Northern Ireland to join the club earlier this year. That said, Harney still gets to meet up with his felllow countrymen regularly as part of his national side, who he recently helped to reach the UEFA European Under-17 Championship Elite Round of qualifying. "I come from a small village called Plumbridge in County Tyrone in Northern Ireland and I represent my country and play centre-back as most people know. I moved over in the summer and I'm loving it, so I just want to keep it going now. "I think I've adapted well and am settling in well with the other lads - everyone says that. The other lads have been brilliant and I get on with them really well and love living in the Academy House. I just want to keep it up and push on. "Leo is a brilliant player and one of the best in the club and nobody likes to see him injured. His absence gives me the chance to start and hopefully I can take it. Let's now push on as a team and see what happens."

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West Ham United will go forward to the Tier One Stage in the New Year

Kieran Sadlier has been the star of the show in recent weeks, scoring three times in two matches.

The Hammers travelled to Lancashire for their third league match of the 2012/13 season unbeaten, but Academy Director Tony Carr conceded that the U1 8s just did not produce the goods against Jimmy Phillips' side.

"We started the game quite brightly, but then we made a mistake and found ourselves one down after ten minutes," said Carr.

"In the second half we tried to change the game but then we made another error before Kieran pulled one back only to commit another mistake."