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2013-14 Barclays under-18 Premier League

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR : Southern Regional League

MANCHESTER CITY : Barclays Premier League Semi-Final Play-Off

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Platt Lane

1 - 2 (Brown)

14 May 2014

Nemrava

Knoyle

Burke

Harney

Mavila

Nasha (Amoo)

Makasi

Cullen

Bywater

Brown

Parfitt-Williams (Gordon)

West Ham led for 73 minutes after Jordan Brown's early opener, only for the Northern Division winners to snatch victory and a place in the final with two goals in the final ten minutes. The Hammers went ahead after just seven minutes when Josh Cullen chased down the City back line to open up a chance for Brown to slide the ball into an empty net.

City captain Ashley Smith-Brown popped up with ten minutes remaining to pull the hosts level, before Kean Byran converted an 88th minute penalty after a handball from Nathan Mavila.

U18s boss Steve Potts took an almost full-strength team up to Manchester for this vital fixture, although he was without England U17 goalkeeper Sam Howes, who Is away with England at the UEFA European U17 Championship finals in Malta.

The hosts started well and had the first mentionable opportunity of the game just four minutes in when a free-kick from City left-back Jose Tasende found Jorge Intima at the back post, who headed back across the face for Tosin Adarabioyo to slice wide of the goal. West Ham reacted well and went ahead two minutes later when tireless midfielder Cullen worked hard to hunt down the Manchester City defence, giving Brown the opportunity to roll the ball into the net. The Hammers could have had a chance to double their lead minutes later when Brown was bundled over in the penalty box, but the referee decided against pointing to the spot. Manchester City came back strongly in the first half and had several efforts to grab an equaliser, although the closest they came to scoring was when Smith-Brown played in Thierry Ambrose, who hit the far post. Just before half-time the visitors had a golden opportunity to push further ahead when Jamie Harney saw his header from a corner cleared off the line by the face of a City defender. Into the second half and the Hammers came out looking for the important second goal, with Kieran Bywater curling an effort just round the far post after being set up by Djair Parfitt-Williams. From there, City grew in confidence and appeared to get stronger, with talented striker Brandon Barker having two opportunities from the edge of the Hammers penalty area. However, the visitors blocked both efforts. If the Hammers were going to hold on, it was going to take every piece of energy they had. Centre-back Harney was showing the Hammers' desire to win by taking several shots to the chest and other painful areas. But City continued to press for the equaliser and were finally rewarded when the Hammers half cleared their lines, allowing Smith-Brown to run at the defence and fire a shot that was deflected into the back of the net. The goal clearly deflated the Hammers, who had worked so hard to maintain their advantage. With just two minutes remaining, the situation got even worse when the referee pointed to the penalty spot after an apparent handball by Mavila. The decision was strongly disputed by the West Ham players and staff, but that did not stop City substitute Bryan slotting the ball into the corner of the Hammers net from 12 yards. The result brought the curtain down on West Ham's 2013/14 campaign, with Manchester City preparing to face either Everton or Tottenham Hotspur in the final. Defender Harney summed up the players' emotions after the game, but insisted that the side have had a brilliant season that they should be proud of. "It's a very difficult result to take, but I thought the lads defended superbly throughout the game," admitted Harney. "In the last ten minutes, we were up against it and it seems that a couple of penalty decisions have decided it. "All we can do it congratulate Manchester City because you can't take away the fact that they are a good team that played well, but we deserved to get something out the game.

"For the team, it's been a good season, except for the Youth Cup game [which saw West Ham lose at Accrington Stanley in the third round]. We've played well this season against the big teams and I think that showed against Man City because we should've got a result and given ourselves a chance to reach the final."

SOUTHAMPTON : Southern Regional League

Staplewood

1 - 2 (Page)

11 January 2014

Howes

Amoo

Page

Makasi

Onariase (Pike)

Nasha (Tombides T.)

Mavila

Cullen

Brown (Martins)

Bywater

Parfitt-Williams

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NORWICH CITY : Southern Regional League

Colney Training Ground

1 - 0 (Cullen)

18 January 2014

Howes

Amoo

Page

Makasi

Onariase (Pike)

Nasha (Tombides T.)

Mavila

Cullen

Brown (Martins)

Bywater

Parfitt-Williams

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The match started well for the Hammers who went ahead after 18 minutes when left-back Lewis Page finished off a flowing move, sending the ball into the far corner following Nathan Mavila's cut-back. The visitors held a half-time lead but surrendered it on the hour mark when goalscorer Page fouled Tom Leggett and Marcus Barnes slotted home the resulting spot-kick. Eleven minutes later and the Saints scored a winner when Josh Sims netted, leaving Carr ruing the side's second half display. "Up until half-time we'd absolutely dominated the game and with the way the match was panning out, it was only a matter of time until we got the second goal. "The second half didn't pan out that way, we missed a couple of good chances with a number of players missing opportunities. "We had a bad five minutes where we conceded a penalty, which was sloppy defending from Page, and Amos Nasha got tangled up in a tackle where he should have done a lot better defensively and the boy goes through and scores. "Really, defensively, you'd have to say they only had two shots on goal and scored two goals. It was a game we didn't deserve to lose, should have won but you end up getting punished for your inability to get that second goal." Defeat bought an end to their unbeaten streak which stretched back to a 5-0 win over Liverpool on 28 September 2013.

West Ham United U18s returned to winning ways with an excellent 1-0 Barclays U18 Premier League win at Norwich City. Josh Cullen's goal five minutes after the interval earned Steve Potts' charges all three points, as they bounced back in style from last weekend's 2-1 reverse at Southampton. Midfielder Cullen was the beneficiary of a ricochet in the box, turning smartly and dispatching a low drive beyond the 'keeper. Though the hosts saw a late free-kick cannon back off the crossbar, Academy Director Tony Carr MBE insists the Hammers were worthy winners at the Canaries' Colney Training Centre. "I thought we dominated the game for the most part and were the better team. The only disappointment is that we're not taking the chances coming our way. "We're missing good opportunities and allowing teams to stay in the game when, really, we should be out of sight. We could have been two, even 3-0 up at half-time."

Saturday's success was all the more pleasing in the context of defeat by the Saints last time out, a result that ended a ten-match unbeaten run. But the Hammers' response was an excellent one and owed much to a mature defensive display.  "The boys responded really well," he added. "It was a similar performance to last week, in the sense that we created chances and didn't take them, but got punished and lost 2-1. This week we were a bit more resolute, slightly more defensively minded and consequently we saw it through and got the result." Carr reserved particular praise for schoolboy duo Reece Oxford and Josh Pask, who played their part at centre-half. In the absence of the more experienced Kyle Knoyle, Jamie Harney and Reece Burke, Oxford and Pask stood up to the challenge, helping the U18s secure a first clean sheet since October.  "The two schoolboys who came in at centre-back, Reece Oxford and Josh Pask, acquitted themselves really well and they can be very pleased with their performance."  

CHELSEA : Southern Regional League

Little Heath

2 - 0 (Brown J., Bywater)

25 January 2014

Howes

Pike

Pask

Onariase

Page

Cullen

Makasi

Nasha

Mavila

Brown J.

Bywater (Parfitt-Williams)

 

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West Ham United U18s continued their charge toward the summit of the Barclays U18 Premier League with a 2-0 win over Chelsea at Little Heath. Captain Kieran Bywater added yet another to his season's goal tally early in the piece, before Jordan Brown doubled the Hammers' lead with only 24 minutes gone. It was the Hammers who made the early running and were rewarded with the opening goal after just five minutes. As the ball was worked into the Chelsea penalty area, Brown held it up before playing in Bywater, who finished into the bottom right-hand corner. Skipper Bywater's 15th league goal of the campaign saw the hosts firmly on the front foot and Josh Cullen might have added a second, but fired well wide having been teed up Amos Nasha. Chelsea, however, then had three chances in a matter of minutes, all from Charly Musonda free-kicks. While the first failed to trouble 'keeper Sam Howes, the second was narrowly headed over the top by Tammy Abraham, before Howes tipped a third over the crossbar. But having escaped unscathed at one end, West Ham were soon celebrating a second at the other. Brown profited from a mix-up in the Chelsea ranks to get a low shot away, one that proved too strong for Bradley Collins to keep out. The Hammers continued to control proceedings after the break, with both Pask and Onariase spurning headed chances from corner kicks. Chelsea, for their part, went close to halving the deficit when Chike Kandi collected a long through ball, clattering past Howes, before hurriedly hitting the bar with the goal at his mercy.

ASTON VILLA : Southern Regional League

Bodymoor Heath Training Ground

2 - 0 (Brown J. 2)

8 February 2014

Howes

Pike

Pask

Onariase

Page

Cullen

Makasi

Nasha

Mavila

Brown J.

Bywater (Parfitt-Williams)

 

The Under-18s made it three wins in a row as Jordan Brown's double saw off Aston Villa at Bodymoor Heath Training Ground. Steve Potts' side are on a fine run of form, stretching all the way back to September, having now triumphed in eleven of their last 14 Barclays U18 Premier League fixtures. They left it late on this occasion, as Brown struck with just three minutes to go to see off the spirited challenge of the Villans. Following a 3-1 win over the same opposition at home in November, this three-point haul kept the Hammers in third place, hot on the heels of top two Fulham and Tottenham Hotspur. Brown ensured the visitors would go into the break holding the advantage, as he netted with 20 minutes on the clock. But Villa came fighting back in the second period and levelled the scores on 70 minutes when Thomas Strain bagged an equaliser Hammers keeper Sam Howes then had to save a penalty from the same player to keep the scores level, and the value of his stop became clear at the death when Brown's eighth goal of the season took the points back to London.

READING : Southern Regional League

Little Heath

4 - 0 (Bywater, Gordon, Makasi, Nasha)

15 February 2014

Howes

Pike (Amoo)

Harney

Onariase (Pask)

Burke

Makasi

Nasha

Mavila

Brown J. (Mavila)

Bywater

Parfitt-Williams (Gordon)

 

 

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West Ham United continued their excellent Barclays U18 Premier League South form by overrunning Reading 4-0 at Little Heath. Hammers midfielder Moses Makasi popped up in the right place at the right time to give the Hammers a one-goal lead at half-time, before second-half goals from captain Kieran Bywater, striker Jaanai Gordon and Amos Nasha secured the points. U18 boss Steve Potts was without defenders Kyle Knoyle and Lewis Page, along with midfielder Josh Cullen, who all featured in the Hammers' Development Squad victory over Southampton U21s on Friday night. Reece Burke covered in Page's absence at left-back, with former Peterborough United striker Gordon returning from injury to be named on the substitutes' bench. It was Reading who forced the ball into the back of the net first early on, but visiting striker Harry Cardwell saw his headed goal ruled out for a foul on West Ham goalkeeper Sam Howes. West Ham quickly responded to the errors that almost saw them go behind and were soon ahead. Makasi was allowed to wander into the Reading penalty area to finish after good team play from Bywater, Djair Parfitt-Williams and Jordan Brown. After going behind, Reading upped their performance and had several opportunities to draw level, but neither Jake Sheppard, Nana Owusu nor Bogdan Vastsuk could manage to finish past Howes. The Hammers also had chances to double their lead, most noticeably when Nathan Mavila had the ball at his feet in the penalty area late in the first half, but he sliced it wide after rushing to take his shot. Into the second half and it took the host's just ten minutes to double their advantage, when Brown broke forward with pace, before sliding the ball into the path of Bywater to finish for his 16th league goal of the season. Straight after going 2-0 ahead, Potts decided to give Gordon a run out after a recent injury and, just six minutes later, the powerful forward got on the end of Mavila's right-wing cross to head in a third West Ham goal. West Ham dominated the closing stages and, with just five minutes left on the clock, Nasha scored a similar goal to Makasi's opener by strolling into the box and finishing to rubberstamp the victory for West Ham.

FULHAM : Southern Regional League

Motspur Park

2 - 0 (Brown J., Parfitt-Williams)

22 February 2014

Howes

Pask (Gordon, Bailey)

Harney

Onariase

Burke

Nasha

Makasi

Diangana (Amoo)

Bywater

Parfitt-Williams

Brown J.

 

 

 

West Ham United went top of the Barclays U18 Premier League following a 2-0 win at leaders Fulham. The Hammers made it five wins in a row and nine in ten league matches with a deserved victory at Motspur Park. Jordan Brown continued his impressive recent run of form with the opening goal before half-time. Bermuda-born winger Djair Parfitt-Williams (pictured) then added a second on the hour-mark to complete a fine day's work for Steve Potts' side. West Ham have lost just one of their previous 16 league matches and now sit three points clear of Fulham and Tottenham Hotspur, whose Saturday fixture with Arsenal was postponed.

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ARSENAL : Southern Regional League

London Colney

3 - 0 (Amoo, Bywater, Onariase)

8 March 2014

Howes

Pike (Pask)

Harney

Onariase

Burke

Nasha

Makasi

Amoo

Brown J. (Martins)

Bywater

Parfitt-Williams (Bailey)

 

 

 

 

West Ham United U18s kept the pressure on at the top of the Barclays U18 Premier League South with a 3-0 demolition of Arsenal. Early goals in the opening eight minutes from captain Kieran Bywater and Jerry Amoo set the Hammers on their way to victory, before Emmanuel Onariase's rare strike near the end settled the tie.

With the Hammers looking to take their recent win streak to six games, they got off to the perfect start at London Colney when Amoo used his speed to get away down the right, before cutting a ball back to the edge of the box for Bywater to snatch his 17th league goal of the season. Then, just three minutes later, Amoo turned from provider to scorer when he charged through two or three opposition defenders before firing low past Gunners goalkeeper Ryan Huddart. After that, the game seemed to slow down in terms of attacking opportunities, with both teams battling in the centre of the pitch to gain control of the game. Just after the hour-mark, Arsenal had a rare chance on goal when the ball fell kindly to Kaylen Hinds on the edge of the box, but the youngster rushed his volley. As Arsenal looked to step up their performance, a mix-up in midfield saw Amoo given a free run towards goal and, after settling himself, his effort was palmed clear by the strong hands of Huddart. If Arsenal felt that they had got away with conceding another goal, the travelling Hammers secured the three points with a third late in the second half. Bywater's deep cross was met at the far post by Reece Burke, who expertly brought the ball back across the face of the goal for Onariase to finish. It almost got even worse for the Gunners in the closing minutes when West Ham substitute Bailey was released through the back line by Bywater, but unfortunately he blazed his shot well wide of the target.

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LEICESTER CITY : Southern Regional League

Belvoir Drive Training Ground

2 - 1 (Parfitt-Williams 2)

16 March 2014

Howes

Pike (Mavila)

Burke

Nasha

Harney

Onariase (Bailey)

Makasi

Amoo

Brown J. (Martins)

Bywater

Parfitt-Williams

 

 

 

 

 

West Ham United U18s returned to the summit of the Barclays U18 Premier League South courtesy of a 2-1 win at Leicester City. Djair Parfitt-Williams struck in either half to fire Steve Potts' men to an impressive seventh successive league success. Victory sees the Hammers leapfrog Fulham at the top, who suffered a 3-1 home defeat by Southampton at Motspur Park. The Hammers hit the front with 36 minutes gone, when Bermuda-born Parfitt-Williams dispossessed City centre-back Sam Jones, before slotting home his eighth league goal of the campaign. The lead, however, would only last until six minutes after the interval, as Simonas Stankevicius got the better of Manny Onariase and slotted past 'keeper Sam Howes to make it one apiece.

But it was Parfitt Williams who had the final word, collecting from Jamie Harney, skipping beyond the full-back and then driving home the winner with 82 minutes on the clock. Academy director Tony Carr MBE was impressed with the Hammers' match-winner on the day, while insisting there is still plenty to come from the Bermudan youngster. "He's a very talented boy," Carr told whufc.com. "He's still coming to terms with the European and British game, as his background is American. "He's only in his first year with us as a scholar and hopefully he can progress. But he's very talented, good on the ball and has got an eye for a goal." As for the game itself, Carr admitted that conditions had meant that it was hardly the prettiest on the eye, but he was nonetheless thrilled to see the Hammers extend their winning run. He continued: "It wasn't the best of games in terms of football. It was very windy and a bit of a bobbly pitch. But it was certainly very competitive. "In the end it was a worthy win, a good win for us and one that keeps the run going. Steve Potts and Mark Phillips, as ever, marshalled the team very well, with a couple of changes from the week before. It obviously paid dividends and the team marches on. "I think we're playing to our full potential. We've got a very talented team and they're playing very well. But it's only at this moment in time. It's a question of whether they can continue that progression and improvement and take it to the next level, which for them is the U21s and, hopefully, beyond."

With just seven league fixtures remaining, the Hammers have their sights firmly set on a top-two finish, one that would secure their spot in the end-of-season national Play-Offs. "We're sitting in the top two in the league and the national Play-Offs are a nice target to aim toward for the end of the season. "We're in good form, that's for sure. All runs have to come to an end sometime but we're enjoying at the moment. We go onto Tottenham Hotspur next week and see if we can maintain the same level of performance and hopefully that will turn into a positive result."

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Little Heath

0 - 1

22 March 2014

Howes

Pike

Mavila

Diangana (Borg)

Onariase

Pask

Makasi

Amoo

Bailey (Martins)

Bywater

Parfitt-Williams

West Ham United U18s' recent winning streak came to a bitterly disappointing end after they lost 1-0 to Tottenham Hotspur U18 at Little Heath. The only goal of the game came with just ten minutes left on the clock, as Spurs midfielder Anton Walkes turned his defender to fire past West Ham goalkeeper Sam Howes. In the early stages, an equally youthful Spurs team appeared to be much more comfortable on the ball, attacking with pace. Most of the visitors' chances came from attacking pair Daniel Akindayini and Shayon Harrison, with midfielders Joe Pritchard and Cy Goddard causing the Hammers all kinds of problems. Spurs failed to convert any of their chances and the Hammers came back strongly. West Ham boss Potts decided to move Jerry Amoo from the middle to the wing and before long, he had visiting defender Anthony Georgiou backtracking and on two occasions in the space of five minutes, his crosses were narrowly stabbed wide by Djair Parfitt-Williams.

The second half started similarly to the first, with both young teams battling hard to try and steal a goal to keep on track for the title this season. It was Akindayini and Harrison who again pressured the Hammers backline, but neither could convert their chances. West Ham began to step up their game in the closing stages. Substitute striker Marcio Martins narrowly volleyed over from ten yards after meeting a Kieran Bywater cross with less than 15 minutes to play. Spurs struck on 80 minutes however when Walkes picked up the ball and fired a low shot at goal, with a slight deflection off Nathan Mavila taking the ball past Howes and into the net. After that, West Ham kept playing their football and working hard as they looked for an equaliser, but neither Pask nor Amoo could rescue the home side.

EVERTON : Southern Regional League

Finch Farm Training Ground

1 - 2 (Amoo)

29 March 2014

Guzman

Pike

Mavila

Diangana

Pask (Akinola)

Onariase

Amoo

Bailey (Hector-Ingram)

Martins

Bywater

Parfitt-Williams

 

 

 

 

 

 

A missed penalty cost West Ham United dear as they went down to a 2-1 Barclays U18 Premier League defeat at Everton's Finch Farm Tarining Ground

With the U21s in action on Friday evening, Steve Potts had a very inexperienced side at his disposal on Merseyside, with a number of schoolboys being given opportunities to shine at a higher age-group level.

As it was, the Hammers fought back from a Delial Brewster goal down to level at Finch Farm through Jerry Amoo's deflected strike shortly before half-time.

After the re-start, Kieran Bywater saw his spot-kick saved by Everton goalkeeper Russell Griffiths after Jake Adelson had committed a foul on Marcio Martins inside the area.

The Toffees took full advantage as Harry Charsley chased down goalkeeper Gines Guzman's clearance, with the ball rebounding off the midfielder and into the net.

The hosts came close to making it three late on but Calum Dyson's goalbound effort was acrobatically tipped onto the post by the Hammers' stopper.

Defeat puts a dent in West Ham's hopes of winning the Barclays U18 Premier League South Group title and qualifying for the end of season play-offs by finishing in the top two.

West Ham United Under-18s went down to a shock 4-1 defeat against Stoke City at Little Heath. The visitors went ahead against the run of play during the first half through Tomi Adeloye's smart chipped finish, before Marcio Martins headed the Hammers level soon after half-time from Kieran Bywater's free kick. Just moments later, however, Stoke City moved back ahead when Edward Saunders bundled the ball over the line, before Adeloye and Derice Richards confirmed defeat for the Hammers. With the majority of Steve Potts' side moving up to the Development Squad in recent weeks, the Hammers' U18 boss was again forced into naming a young side, picking the best players from the U16 squad to fill the void.

STOKE CITY : Southern Regional League

Little Heath

1 - 4 (Martins)

5 April 2014

Howes

Pike (Diangana)

Onariase

Akinola

Mavila

Nasha

Makasi

Amoo

Martins

Bywater

Parfitt-Williams (Hector-Ingram)

 

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MANCHESTER CITY : Southern Regional League

Platt Lane

0 - 3

12 April 2014

Brown

Pike

Mavila

Nasha

Burke

Onariase

Amoo

Makasi

Martins

Bywater

Parfitt-Williams

 

 

West Ham United went down to a 3-0 defeat at Manchester City in the Barclays U18 Premier League. The Hammers' South Division title hopes took a major blow as the North Division leaders proved too strong at Platt Lane, where goals from Thierry Ambrose, Brandon Barker and Kean Bryan settled matters. Defeat leaves West Ham three points behind leaders Tottenham Hotspur, with three home matches remaining. Despite their loss, Steve Potts' side remain in the hunt for top spot as Spurs lost 1-0 at Manchester United on Saturday. It could have been different if West Ham forward Marcio Martins had not been denied early on, when home goalkeeper Billy O'Brien thrust out a hand to divert his shot around the post.

Ambrose's opener came on 12 minutes when he headed in Tosin Adarabioyo's flick-on from a corner. West Ham came back into things after falling behind, with Kieran Bywater firing a free-kick narrowly over the crossbar and Denziel Boadu hitting the post for City shortly before the half-hour mark. Into the second half and Reece Burke was penalised for a foul inside the West Ham penalty area, allowing Barker to fire past Tim Brown from the spot after 58 minutes. The hosts' third came on 71 minutes, when substitute Bryan ran through the defence and finished accurately past Brown.

WEST BROMWICH ALBION : Southern Regional League

Little Heath

2 - 1 (Marlow, Martins)

16 April 2014

Brown

Pike

Knoyle

Onariase

Pask (Borg)

Amoo

Marlow (Amoo)

Nasha

Diangana (Bailey)

Martins

Parfitt-Williams

 

 

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West Ham United ended a run of four straight Barclays U18 Premier League defeats by coming from behind to beat West Bromwich Albion 2-1 at Little Heath.

Despite this fixture being heavily one-sided in the Hammers favour throughout, West Brom took the lead after just ten minutes when Philip Gannon's free-kick went straight through the wall and into the corner of Tim Brown's goal. However, West Ham recovered and dominated throughout, grabbing an equaliser through the returning Ben Marlow on 51 minutes, before Marcio Martins buried the winner just after the hour mark.

Victory took West Ham back within three points of leaders Tottenham Hotspur at the top of Barclays U18 Premier League South, although Spurs have two games in hand and a superior goal difference.

BOLTON WANDERERS : Southern Regional League

Little Heath

2 - 2 (Brown J. 2)

28 April 2014

Howes

Pike

Harney

Knoyle

Mavila

Nasha (Onariase)

Makasi

Amoo (Gordon)

Parfitt-Williams

Brown J.

Bywater

 

 

 

West Ham United came from behind to secure a 2-2 Barclays U18 Premier League draw with Bolton Wanderers at Little Heath. After featuring for the Development Squad over the past few months, striker Jordan Brown marked his return to the U18 squad by putting the home side ahead early on. Bolton captain Carl Kennedy and striker William Abbotts then turned the game on its head with a goal either side of half-time. West Ham were not going to be denied a share of the points, however, as Brown popped up within a minute of Abbotts' 76th-minute strike to snatch a share of the spoils.

Prior to kick-off at Little Heath, there was a minute's silence and a wreath laid on the centre spot by captain Kieran Bywater to remember West Ham Academy graduate Dylan Tombides, who lost his three-year battle with cancer last week. The late striker's family were in attendance during an emotional ceremony.

ARSENAL : Southern Regional League

Little Heath

1 - 1 (Bywater [pen])

2nd May 2014

Howes

Knoyle

Burke

Onariase

Mavila

Pask

Nasha (Cullen)

Makasi

Bywater

Brown (Amoo)

Parfitt-Williams (Gordon)

 

 

 

 

The Academy booked their place in the Barclays Under-18 Premier League Play-Offs after a 1-1 draw against Arsenal. Former Arsenal youth striker Jordan Brown earned the Hammers a sixth minute penalty after being fouled by Stefan O'Connor, which was converted by captain Kieran Bywater. The hosts were denied the full three points in the second half however when Ainsley Maitland-Niles pounced onto a slip in the Hammers defence to finish into the top corner.

The Hammers needed a single point going into this fixture to ensure that London rivals Fulham could not catch them. The hosts couldn't have asked for a better start when Brown burst into the penalty box, only to be dragged to the ground by O'Connor. It was down to Hammers captain Kieran Bywater to step up and bury his 18th goal of the season. The Hammers continued to dominate and should have been awarded another penalty straight away when Brown again got goal side of O'Connor, forcing the towering defender to apply heavy pressure on the Hammers forward, although the referee did not agree.

Into the second half and the Hammers kept their foot on the accelerator as they searched for a second goal, which they almost got when Brown again found a route into the penalty box, although he slipped when trying to find a team mate in the middle to finish. It was a fiery game that both sides desperately wanted to win, which led to a heated moment between captain Bywater and Arsenal skipper Glenn Kamara when the former reacted badly to a needless challenge off the pitch, although both players shook hands after receiving yellow cards.

West Ham had a golden opportunity to wrap the game up in the 71st minute when substitute Jaanai Gordon used his pace and power to run through on goal, but Gunners keeper Josh Vickers pulled off a brilliant save.

Just a minute later and the visitors were level when a crossfield ball towards Maitland-Niles caught the Hammers unaware and he held his nerve to smash the ball into the top left hand corner of the net.

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