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2013-14 Barclays Under-18 Premier League

Director of Youth Academy : Tony Carr

Coach: Steve Potts

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Each league consists of 11 Category 1 Academies who will play each other home and away, and also meet each team in the opposing group once (either home or away) for a total of 31 fixtures per Academy.

 

The Academies participating in the Southern Regional League are: Arsenal, Aston Villa, Chelsea, Fulham, Leicester City, Norwich City, Reading, Southampton, Tottenham Hotspur, West Bromwich Albion and West Ham United.

 

The Academies participating in the Northern Regional League are: Blackburn Rovers, Bolton Wanderers, Everton, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Middlesbrough, Newcastle United, Sunderland, Stoke City and Wolverhampton Wanderers.

 

The top two teams from each group will progress to the semi-finals, with the winner of each league deemed to be the home team, facing the winners-up of the opposing division. Each of the semi-finals shall be played at the home team's registered ground or at a neutral venue determined by the Premier League.

MANCHESTER UNITED : Southern Regional League

West Ham United started the Barclays U18 Premier League in outstanding fashion with a 2-1 victory over Manchester United at Little Heath.

Goals in either half from Lewis Page and Jerry Amoo saw the Hammers clinch a superb success, with the Red Devils only finding the net through a James Wilson penalty late on. Academy Director Tony Carr spoke glowingly of the player's' efforts. "I think Manchester United is a mouth-watering fixture for every player and as a season opener we didn't need to motivate them in any way, shape or form," he confirmed. "In the first half, we dominated the game and pressed really hard and took control of the midfield. "We missed two or three good chances but then, three minutes before half-time, Lewis Page broke forward from the back, played a neat wall pass with Kieran Bywater on the edge of the box and slotted the ball past the goalkeeper with his right foot. "Our opening goal was a fitting reward and it was deserved that we went in 1-0 up at half-time." Carr and U18s manager Steve Potts warned their charges that Manchester United would not lie down and to expect a sterner test after half-time. That is exactly what transpired. "We told the boys to keep doing what they were doing but to be aware that Manchester United might change their system and come out all guns blazing," Carr continued. "For 20 minutes, they dominated the game after the break, and it was like a keep-ball session at times, but we didn't let them get in behind us or create any goalscoring opportunities. "We worked our way back into the game and from one of several counter-attacks we doubled our lead with about ten minutes to go. Our right-back Kyle Knoyle put over a great cross and Jerry Amoo converted with a fine volley."

Just when West Ham thought they had the game won, however, the visitors struck from the spot to set up a nervous final few minutes. "We all thought that was it after Jerry's goal, but they got a penalty when a shot hit Amos Nasha on the arm as he turned and tried to block it. The penalty was converted, which set up a nervy finish, but we held out for a well-deserved win."

Nemrava

Knoyle

Page

Nasha

Burke

Onariase

Amoo

Cullen (Makasi)

Brown (Martins)

Bywater

Mavila

Little Heath

2 - 1 (Page, Amoo)

17th August 2013

West Ham United's Under-18s were defeated 2-1 by Chelsea in their Barclays Under-18 Premier League game at the Blues' Cobham training complex.

Kieran Bywater gave the visitors an early lead, but Chelsea turned the game on its head by the break to take the spoils.

Bywater's goal was one to remember, however, as he showed great technique to hammer a volley home off the underside of the crossbar.

West Ham enjoyed their fair share of possession, but Chelsea showed a greater clinical edge on their way to victory.

Under-18s boss Steve Potts still took heart from his youngsters' display.

He said: It was a good test for us, even if the result did not go our way. We've played Manchester United and Chelsea now and that's the benchmark at this level.

"We beat Manchester United last week and were a little unlucky not to get a result against Chelsea. We've come out with a lot of credit from both of them.

"That said, there are elements to our game which we know we can improve on and Chelsea showed the clinical side that you need to win games."

CHELSEA : Southern Regional League

 

Howes

Knoyle

Page

Onariase

Burke

Nasha

Amoo (Parfitt-Williams)

Cullen (Cullen)

Bywater

Mavila (Makasi)

Brown

Cobham

1 - 2 (Bywater)

24th August 2013

SOUTHAMPTON : Southern Regional League

Little Heath

1 - 1 (Bywater [pen])

28th August 2013

West Ham United let a two goal lead slip in the 3-3 Barclays U18 Premier League draw with Blackburn Rovers at Little Heath. The hosts were 2-0 up within the opening 13 minutes when striker Jordan Brown smashed in a left footed shot after Djair Parfitt-Williams back heeled the ball through the defence, before Parfitt-Williams turned from creator to scorer to smash home an impressive half volley. Blackburn pulled one back when Brice Wassi volleyed home expertly from 18 yards, but within 15 minutes of conceding, West Ham re-established their two goal lead through Kieran Bywater. The 18-year-old captain scored for the fourth match in succession, stabbing home from 12 yards after meeting Parfitt-Williams' tricky right wing cross. The game was turned on its head during the second half however when Hammers keeper Vit Nemrava dropped a catch to gift a goal to Liam Langford, before Jordan Preston buried a controversial penalty to level the score and steal a draw.

BLACKBURN ROVERS : Southern Regional League

Little Heath

3 - 3 (Brown, Parfitt-Williams, Bywater)

14th September 2013

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Nemrava

Knoyle

Harney

Burke

Page

Cullen (Makasi)

Bywater

Nasha

Amoo (Parfitt-Williams)

Brown (Martins)

Mavila

West Ham United came from behind to earn a 1-1 draw at Little Heath. Saints striker Marcus Barnes put the visitors ahead against the run of play just after the half-hour mark, latching onto a long ball forward from defender Tom Leggett before beating Vit Nemrava in the West Ham goal.

U16s manager Mark Phillips took the U18 team for the first time in the absence of Steve Potts and, after seeing his side miss a host of presentable chances, he was able to celebrate an equaliser on 67 minutes.

It was then that Kieran Bywater converted a controversial penalty to draw the sides level. Despite appeals from the visitors against claims, the assistant referee confirmed that the spot-kick had been given for a handball, rather than a foul by the centre-back, as was initially suspected by the Saints. It was a confident finish from the penalty spot from captain Bywater, who scored for the second consecutive league game, having also netted in the 2-1 defeat at Chelsea on Saturday.

Academy Director Tony Carr MBE, who assisted Phillips, was impressed with the team's performance, but believed at West Ham could have been well ahead by half-time, instead of a goal behind.

"I think I was pleased with the performance in terms of that we dominated the majority of the match and created the most chances," said Carr. "In all fairness, we could have come in at half-time 4-0 up.

"Southampton got one chance in the first half when our young centre-back made a mistake and they finished it. One shot on goal and we found ourselves behind."

WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS : Southern Regional League

Compton Park

1 - 2 (Bywater)

31st August 2013

Nemrava

Girdlestone

Mavila

Harney

Burke (Knoyle)

Makasi

Amoo

Parfitt-Williams (Cullen)

Martins (Sheriff)

Bywater

Brown

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West Ham United's Under-18s were made to rue two moments of defensive sloppiness in their 2-1 Barclays U18 Premier League defeat at Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday.

The Hammers switched off from two corners either side of half time and paid the ultimate price on both, meaning Kieran Bywater's free-kick counted for little.

There was little to choose between the sides in a scrappy opening period, which saw Jordan Brown go close from a half chance.

However, Wolves managed to edge in front from a set play, and they repeated the trick just three minutes after the break.

West Ham rallied, with Jerry Amoo hitting the post and Jamie Harney having a header cleared off the line.

Bywater then halved the deficit with a free-kick right out of the top drawer, and although the young Hammers ended the contest strongly, time was against them in their efforts to find a leveller.

Academy Director Tony Carr MBE was frustrated that set plays proved to be the Hammers' downfall.

He said: "It's disappointing because we knew their strengths were at set pieces and we'd done a lot of work on them in the week before the game.

"To lose a marker again so soon after half time, when we had worked on organising ourselves was disappointing too.

"The pleasing part of the performance was in the way we rallied. Our heads could have dropped, but they didn't and Kieran Bywater scored a fantastic free-kick."

Nemrava

Knoyle

Harney

Burke

Mavila

Cullen

Makasi

Bywater

Ammo

Parfitt-Williams (Nasha)

Brown

SUNDERLAND : Southern Regional League

Academy of Light

0 - 1

21st September 2013

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Howes

Knoyle

Page (Mavila)

Nasha (Amoo)

Burke

Harney

Makasi

Cullen

Brown (Martins)

Bywater

Parfitt-Williams

West Ham United Under-18s slipped to a slender 1-0 Barclays U18 Premier League defeat at Sunderland as Martin Smith's second-half penalty settled the contest. The game's only goal arrived just after the hour, when Lynden Gooch turned smartly in the box, before being felled by Amos Nasha.

Smith took charge from the spot, slotting beyond Hammers keeper Sam Howes. It proved to be the winner, leaving manager Steve Potts to rue a string of missed chances. "It's frustrating. We're left wondering how we failed to get anything from the game. We had a lot of the play, managed to create good chances and didn't take them. When it's like that, you never know, you're always vulnerable.

"The penalty gave them more of an incentive to hold on to a lead and we just couldn't break them down. But performance wise, there wasn't a lot wrong with it. It's just a case of whether we could put the ball in the back of the net and unfortunately we couldn't."

LIVERPOOL : Southern Regional League

Little Heath

5 - 0 (Bywater 2, Brown 2, Burke)

28th September 2013

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Howes

Knoyle (Amoo)

Burke (Onariase)

Harney

Page

Nasha

Makasi (Mavila)

Cullen

Bywater

Parfitt-Williams

Brown

West Ham United picked up their second Barclays U18 Premier League victory of the season with an impressive 5-0 thrashing of Liverpool at Little Heath.

First-half goals from Kieran Bywater, Jordan Brown and Reece Burke set the Hammers on their way to three points, with both Bywater and Brown netting again in the second half to secure a convincing win. It was Bywater who continued his fantastic run in front of goal with the opener on eight minutes, curling a direct free-kick into the top left-hand corner after Josh Cullen had been fouled on the edge of the penalty area. Liverpool came back strongly and were only denied an equaliser by the crossbar when Ryan Kent smashed a 25-yard shot against the woodwork.

Having escaped that let-off, West Ham doubled their lead two minutes before half-time when Djair Parfitt-Williams' deep cross found Brown in the box and he took the ball down on his chest, took a touch to put it onto his favoured right foot and buried it just inside the goalkeeper's near post. The Hammers added a third in added-time before the break when Burke timed his header perfectly from Lewis Page's corner to head past Andrew Firth. Just two minutes of the second half had passed when former Arsenal youngster Brown was released through the Liverpool defence by Cullen and, after looking up to see where the goalkeeper was positioned, he confidently placed the ball past the goalkeeper and into the corner of the net. The Hammers could have grabbed a fifth on two occasions in the space of two minutes when Amos Nasha narrowly missed the target with his volleyed effort before Parfitt-Williams flicked Brown's cross over the crossbar. The fifth goal did arrive, albeit in bizarre circumstances, shortly after the hour-mark. Bywater found himself free down on the right wing and, after looking up, he crossed and caught out Firth as the ball flew past the Reds goalkeeper and into the back of the net.

WEST BROMWICH ALBION : Southern Regional League

Halfords Lane Training Ground

2 - 1 (Bywater, Parfitt-Williams)

5th October 2013

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Kieran Bywater's late free-kick proved decisive after the Baggies had equalised Djair Parfitt-Williams' first-half opener, lifting West Ham to their second successive victory.

Having previously defeated Manchester United and Liverpool on home soil, Potts' team picked up their maiden away success of 2013/14 with another promising performance.

Livewire attacker Parfitt-Williams opened the scoring with a curling shot into the corner seven minutes before half-time, giving West Ham a deserved lead at the break.

West Brom levelled matters after half-time, but the Hammers were not to be denied. Bywater had already been denied by one outstanding save from the home goalkeeper before settling matters in added-time when his set piece deflected off the wall and into the net.

Howes

Knoyle

Page

Harney

Burke

Cullen

Makasi

Bywater

Parfitt-Williams

Mavila (Amoo)

Brown (Martins)

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR : Southern Regional League

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Training Centre

3 - 2  (Bywater 2, Brown))

12th October 2013

West Ham United Under-18s earned a precious 3-2 Barclays U18 Premier League victory against a strong Tottenham Hotspur outfit at Spurs' Enfield Training Centre. Skipper and prolific midfielder Kieran Bywater twice put the visitors ahead, with Joe Pritchard and Nathan Oduwa levelling for the hosts. Though Spurs had many an opportunity to take the lead, they were made to pay for their profligate finishing, as former Arsenal youngster Jordan Brown bagged the winner with just three minutes left to play. Steve Potts was forced into a defensive reshuffle for the contest, with defenders Reece Burke and Kyle Knoyle both on international duty with England U18s. Emmanuel Onariase and birthday boy Rob Girdlestone were the men to deputise.  It took the Hammers just three minutes to break the deadlock, with Bywater bagging his eighth of the campaign already. The opportunity arose with Brown charging down opposition 'keeper Luke McGee's clearance, enabling Bywater to tap into an empty net. Tottenham, however, came back strongly and the pressure told ten minutes later, when Pritchard reacted quickest to West Ham goalkeeper Sam Baxter's initial stop from a Daniel Akindayini effort to head home. The leveller prompted further chances for the hosts, with Pritchard spurning the best of them, firing over the bar having been set up by Cy Goddard. And West Ham made the most of their good fortune to snatch a half-time lead, as the irrepressible Bywater, fed by Josh Cullen, found the bottom corner from 18 yards, After the break, the Hammers looked to extend their advantage, with Djair Parfitt-Williams and Moses Makasi both seeing efforts repelled by McGee. At the other end, the influential Akindayini had Baxter scrambling across his goal, firing narrowly wide after 53 minutes. Back came the Hammers, this time through Cullen, who stole possession before seeing his drive smartly saved by the Spurs custodian. The chances, however, continued to come, as Oduwa won a penalty, having been felled en route to goal. It was he who stepped up himself to cooly convert the spot-kick.

But it was to be West Ham's day and as they pushed forward one final time, it was striker Brown who held off his marker to fire low into the corner beyond McGee's reach.

Baxter

Amoo

Page

Marlow

Onariase (Pike)

Girdlestone

Makasi

Cullen

Brown (Martins)

Bywater

Parfitt-Williams (Mavila)

NORWICH CITY : Southern Regional League

Little Heath

2 - 0 (Bywater [pen], Martins)

19th October 2013

Howes

Knoyle

Girdlestone

Burke

Page

Cullen

Marlow (Amoo)

Makasi

Mavila

Bywater

Martins

 

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MIDDLESBROUGH : Southern Regional League

Rockcliffe Park Training Ground

0 - 0

26th October 2013

Howes

Knoyle

Harney

Burke

Page

Makasi

Marlow (Amoo)

Bywater

Nasha (Mavila)

Cullen

Brown (Martins)

 

A tight game for the most-part remained goalless until the 70th minute, when Portuguese striker Marcio Martins popped up to fire the Hammers in front. Then, in the final minute, Jerry Amoo's long run, from his own half into the penalty area, earned the hosts a spot-kick as he was felled. Skipper Kieran Bywater stepped up, confidently dispatching the penalty to notch his tenth goal of the season.  

The game started slowly and the closest either side came to a goal in the first quarter of an hour were two overhead kicks from Martins, neither of which posed a great threat to Lloyd Thomas in the Norwich goal. Shortly afterwards, West Ham were appealing for a penalty, when Bywater was upended, only for the referee to award a free-kick right on the edge of the box. Uncharacteristically for Bywater, the resulting free-kick was fired straight into the wall.  West Ham continued to press and  might have broken the deadlock when Moses Makasi's effort from 18 yards was parried by Thomas, before Mavila curled his low strike round the far post.

The best chance of the first half, however, fell to Norwich's Jake Simpson, who found himself one-on-one with Howes, but snatched at the chance and sliced over the crossbar. After the break, Lewis Page almost scooped a clearance from a Norwich corner straight into the top corner of his own net, but 'keeper Howes did brilliantly to claw the ball away from the top corner. The Hammers, meanwhile, were much improved and  had three strikes on goal, but neither Martins, Knoyle or Mavila could make the most of promising situations. The deadlock was eventually broken with 70 minutes on the clock, with Martins confidently slotting into the bottom left corner of the net, having been played in by Bywater. Then, as Norwich looked to grab an equaliser from a late corner, the ball was cleared into Amoo, who collected inside his own half and looked to be headed for the corner flag.

Having run in excess of 50 yards, Amoo surged toward goal, prompting Canaries defender Ben Burgess to concede a last-gasp penalty. It was Bywater who stepped up to take it and did so confidently, taking his tally for the season to an astonishing ten goals in ten games.

The Under-18s were denied a fifth straight Barclays U18s Premier League victory by Middlesbrough on Saturday, although their clean sheet did extend their unbeaten run.

Neither team could make the breakthrough in the north east as the Hammers managed to restrict a Boro attack which had put five past Bolton Wanderers in their previous game.

Shots on target were in short supply in a tight affair, although the Hammers almost forced a way through in the opening period when Jordan Brown wriggled free into space down the left and lofted a cross over the goalkeeper, only for a defender to recover and hack clear.

After the break, the Hammers looked a threat with their set-play delivery, although they could not find the finishing touch.

The clean sheet was a third in five games for Steve Potts' men as their strong autumn form continued.

They currently sit sixth in the South Group of the U18 Premier League, with 18 points from their eleven games

The Hammers return to action on Saturday when they host Newcastle United at Little Heath.

NEWCASTLE UNITED : Southern Regional League

Little Heath

1 - 1 (Nasha)

2nd November 2013

Howes

Knoyle

Nasha

Onariase

Page

Cullen (Bailey)

Makasi (Mavila)

Marlow (Martins)

Bywater

Brown

Amoo

 

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Defender Amos Nasha headed the home side ahead in the opening 20 minutes, but Jonathyn Quinn's bundled effort meant the sides shared the points, despite the visitors playing the whole second half with ten men after Oliver Kemen was given a straight red card. The game started quickly with the Hammers looking for the early goal, but Ben Marlow's effort from 25 yards did not trouble Newcastle goalkeeper Jonathan Mitchell. It was then Bywater's turn to fire a long-range shot at goal, but although the captain went closer with his effort, he again narrowly missed the target. West Ham were controlling the first half, with the visitors' efforts on goal limited. The home side's pressure paid off after 18 minutes when Nasha perfectly headed home Bywater's left-wing free-kick after Page was knocked to the floor. Nasha's goal appeared to give the Hammers confidence and they launched several more attacks. None of which caused Mitchell any problems in the visitors' goal, however. Newcastle came back strong as the first half wore on and had two chances of goal. First, Ryan McKinnon's free header from five yards went flying over the bar, before Quinn bundled the ball over the line to draw the Magpies level. The smiles soon turned to frowns for the visitors in the closing stages of the first half, however, as Kemen reacted badly to Marlow's sliding challenge by pushing the Hammers No4 in the face, receiving a straight red card.

Into the second half and the Hammers were denied a goal after the offside Amoo knocked the ball past Toon goalkeeper Mitchell as he came flying out from his goal and rolled it into the net. As the game continued, chances on goal dried up.  The Hammers continued to apply pressure to the Toon back line and had two penalty box scrambles, but the home side failed to take their chance to go ahead. As the game stretched into the final 20 minutes and changes were made to both teams, West Ham changed their formation to a more attacking shape, looking for the all-important winning goal. It was Amoo who was offered the next chance to win the game, but after Bywater directed a left wing cross towards him in the centre of the six-yard box, he struggled to jump high enough to control the header. In the final stages, West Ham had two golden chances to win it, but neither Brown nor Amoo could bury the chance to grab all three points for West Ham.

ASTON VILLA : Southern Regional League

Little Heath

3 - 1 (Gordon 2, Bywater)

9th November 2013

Howes

Knoyle

Page

Onariase

Burke

Marlow

Nasha

Cullen

Brown J.

Bywater

Gordon (Mavila)

 

 

West Ham United made it seven matches unbeaten with a 3-1 Barclays U18 Premier League victory over Aston Villa.

The Hammers continued their fine form with a deserved win at Little Heath, with two goals from trialist Jaanai Gordon and yet another from captain Kieran Bywater.

Gordon, a 17-year-old who has made three first-team appearances for Sky Bet League One side Peterborough United this season, equalised just 60 seconds after Villa had taken a 16th-minute lead from the penalty spot. The penalty had been given away by England U18 international defender Reece Burke.

The trialist put the Hammers in front seven minutes before half-time before Bywater ensured victory for Steve Potts' team 13 minutes from full-time.

Saturday's victory was West Ham's fifth in seven matches and ended a run of two draws. Potts' side will be on the road again on Saturday 16 November, when they travel to Reading.

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READING : Southern Regional League

Hogwood Park

3 - 1 (Parfitt-Williams 3)

16th November 2013

Brown T.

Knoyle

Page

Onariase (Harney)

Burke

Marlow

Nasha (Makasi)

Bywater

Cullen

Parfitt-Williams (Mavila)

Brown J.

 

 

 

The winger returned to Steve Potts' starting XI after missing four games through injury and he turned in a brilliant display at Reading's training ground, providing the goals that extended the Hammers' unbeaten run to eight games. The victory also sees the U18s move above the Royals into fifth place in the Barclays U18 Premier League and coach Tony Carr MBE insists it was a comprehensive win. "We thought Aston Villa last week was as good as we've played this season, I would agree with that and I think we've carried on from that performance. "It was a very complete performance, we played well, created good goal-scoring opportunities and took them. I thought they were gracious in defeat.

"Eamonn Dolan, an ex-West Ham United player, is their Academy Manager and he came up to me after the game and said we were the better team and we thoroughly deserved the victory. We were pleased with our performance and hopefully we can keep it going until the Christmas break." In an open contest the Hammers forged a two-goal lead early in the first half, before Reading struck back to halve the deficit by half-time. Both sides hit the bar in an entertaining second half before Parfitt-Williams sealed both his hat-trick and the three points. The winger's goals added to the two he has already bagged this season and Carr was pleased that the wide man was on hand to finish off three of the numerous openings created by the away side. "I thought he played very well, but having said that I wouldn't say we were a one man team today," he added. "It was very much a team performance and Djair was on the end of some very good team movements, so credit to him. "It doesn't take away from the fact that it was a very good all round team performance and I wouldn't like to single anyone out although Djair will grab the headlines because of the hat-trick which ought to be noted."After a rough start to the season of only one win in five games, the team are now flying under the guidance of Potts and Carr. With the team's unbeaten run fast approaching double figures, Carr reckons the team are full of belief in their ability right now. "We've put consistent results together and the boys are playing with lots of confidence. We're going into games now believing that we can win them so it's breeding more confidence and that's good for them, their futures and their progress."

FULHAM : Southern Regional League

Little Heath

3 - 1 (Bywater 2, Brown J.)

23rd November 2013

Howes

Knoyle

Burke

Harney

Page

Marlow

Cullen

Nasha (Makasi)

Brown J. (Mavila)

Bywater

Parfitt-Williams

 

 

 

 

After a quiet first period, striker Jordan Brown put the Hammers ahead by tapping in Kieran Bywater's cross, before Bywater turned from provider to scorer to bag his twelfth of the season. Though Fulham halved the deficit through George Williams' well-taken penalty, Bywater grabbed his second of the day to restore the Hammers two-goal lead and secure all three points. The Hammers started the livelier of the sides and within the first two minutes Bywater collected possession 30 yards out and smashed an effort towards the top corner, forcing a smart save from Fulham 'keeper Marek Rodak. West Ham then went close once more when a goal-mouth scramble caused chaos in the visitors' box, but having cleared the initial danger, Marlow attempted a lob from the edge of the box, which flew high over the bar. Fulham, meanwhile, had the ball in the back of the West Ham net, though the celebrations were short-lived, with Williams' effort being chalked off for offside. At the other end,  Bywater's free-kick flew narrowly over the bar.  West Ham were much improved after the interval and took the lead when Bywater's low centre found Jordan Brown at the near post, who fired home. Then, seven minutes later  in almost identical fashion but from the other side, Bywater was perfectly positioned to double the Hammers' advantage from Lewis Page's precise left-footed cross. The second goal seemed to spur the Cottagers into life, who halved the deficit thanks to a controversial penalty award. A West Ham centre-half rose highest in the box to clear with his head, but the referee pointed to the spot, allowing Williams to reduce the visitors' arrears. There was similar controversy in the Fulham box soon after, as a second penalty was awarded, this time for an apparent hand ball. It was up to Bywater to step up and secure the points, which he duly did, taking his tally for the season to 13 goals in 15 games.

ACCRINGTON STANLEY : FA Youth Cup (Third Round)

Store First Stadium

1 - 2 aet (Harney) : (1-1)

10th December 2013

Howes

Knoyle

Harney

Burke (Mavila)

Page

Marlow (Makasi)

Nasha

Cullen

Bywater

Parfitt-Williams (Amoo)

Brown J.

 

 

 

 

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Jamie Harney cut a distraught figure after the West Ham United Under-18s suffered FA Youth Cup heartache against Accrington Stanley on Tuesday night. The Hammers were knocked out of the competition by virtue of a 2-1 defeat at the Store First Stadium, with the winning goal coming five minutes before the end of extra-time. Harney himself had equalised for the visitors two minutes into the five added on at the end of normal time to force the extra 30 minutes and revealed his disappointment at the defeat. "Everyone's heartbroken. It wasn't our best performance but we gave everything we could. "I know some individuals feel as though they didn't perform to their highest but we dug in and tried to scrape a result but unfortunately they got a bit of luck with a chance towards the end and finished it. "We have to move on, it's a big learning curve for the lads and hopefully we won't feel like this too many times in our careers." The defender's header cancelled out Accrington's opener goal, which came after 49 minutes from Nathan Webb, and stung the Hammers into action. Once Harney had drawn his team level, there only looked like there would be one winner in extra-time and that view was shared by the centre-back. "One hundred per cent, I thought that was the deadlock broken and I thought everyone was going to get a lift. Extra-time came and we were brilliant in extra-time, we really were. "We had chance after chance and should have scored with a few of them but it's one of those games. It was a cup game and they got one chance in extra-time to finish it. "I have to hold my hands up and say 'Well done' to Accrington Stanley. They played their hearts out, so well done to them."

LEICESTER CITY : Southern Regional League

Little Heath

2 - 1 (Bywater, Parfitt-Williams)

21st December 2013

Howes

Knoyle

Burke

Onariase

Page

Nasha (Mavila)

Makasi

Cullen

Parfitt-Williams

Brown J.

Bywater

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West Ham United U18s got over their disappointing FA Youth Cup exit by beating Leicester City 2-1 at Little Heath

After being in control for the opening period, Djair Parfitt-Williams rose highest to head home Kieran Bywater's cross, before a defensive mistake Emmanual Onariase allowed Eddy Samba to equalise.

The Hammers were not to be denied the chance to take their unbeaten Barclays U18 Premier League run to ten games as captain Bywater scored his 14th goal in 16 games to give Steve Potts' men all three points.

It was West Ham who had the better chances in the early stages, with Bermurda-born Parfitt-Williams cutting in from the left before firing a shot wide of the right-hand post.

Leicester improved as the first half continued, with Matt Miles going close with a shot from 18 yards before the crossbar came to the Hammers' rescue.

Into the second half and the Hammers put pressure on the visiting Foxes. They were rewarded with the opening goal on 67 minutes when Bywater was released down the right wing before floating a cross into the box for Parfitt-Williams to head home.

The Hammers held onto their lead until the closing ten minutes, when a mistake in the defensive ranks allowed Samba to run through unchallenged before slotting the ball past Sam Howes to equalise.

Just five minutes later however, captain Bywater secured the result that the Hammers deserved when he finished well from the edge of the penalty area.

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