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2020-21 Premier League Under-18 (South Division)

Manager: Kevin Keen

Academy 2020-21

2019-20 Under-18 Season 2020-21

The Under-18 Premier League restarts this season following the curtailment of the last campaign in which our youngsters were subsequently awarded third place on a points-per-game basis.

 

The 2020-21 Under-18 Premier League is the sixth campaign of the top tier of the Under-18 Development League. A total of 24 teams are split regionally into north and south groups. Teams face their regional opponents both home and away before the top two face each other to determine the national champion.

 

Age requirement: Clubs are not allowed to field any outfield players outside of the U18 age category. However, the goalkeeper is permitted to come from the U19 age category.

 

There will be two new opponents for our Under-18s this term, with Crystal Palace coming into the southern division and West Bromwich Albion switching from the northern section, replacing Swansea City. As usual, home fixtures will be played at Little Heath and, due to prevailing circumstances with COVID-19, all matches will be staged behind closed doors until it is safe for fans to return.

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR : Premier League Under-18

Little Heath

1 - 4 (Forbes)

13 September 2020

Roach

Robinson

Adebayo

Forbes

Evans

Potts

Woods (Veliky)

Perkins (Mubama)

Kileba (Coddington)

Simon-Swyer

Corbett

 

In their first competitive fixture in just over six months, lead coach Kevin Keen’s U18s were looking to build on a strong end to their last campaign and a productive pre-season, but came unstuck at the hands of a visiting side who finished clinically. West Ham fell behind after just two minutes played at Little Heath, when Tottenham full-back Kallum Cesay drilled in from the corner of the penalty area. The Hammers recovered from that early blow in a competitive first half to almost equalise through Gael Kileba, and soon after, new scholar Michael Forbes rose highest to emphatically head home Kai Corbett’s sweetly struck corner and haul his side level. Unfortunately they were unable to consolidate on that position, and Tottenham regained the lead just three minutes later through England youth international Dane Scarlett, who dispatched a cross from close range.

Sonny Perkins enjoyed a good opportunity to level the score for West Ham before half-time, and Kamarai Simon-Swyer forced the visiting goalkeeper into a fine near-post save, but West Ham had it all to do following the interval.

Despite showing plenty of intent following the restart, however, it was Tottenham who scored the next goal. Counter-attacking at pace from a corner, Scarlett won the visitors a penalty and subsequently stepped up to find the bottom corner with the resulting kick.

West Ham keeper Josh Roach produced some fine saves to stop Scarlett from getting a hat-trick, but could do nothing to prevent Tarrelle Whittaker’s looping finish off the inside of the woodwork with 13 minutes remaining.

20_09_12 WHU v. Tottenham Hotspur (Unofficial)

CHELSEA : Premier League Under-18

Cobham

1 - 4 (Potts)

19 September 2020

Hegyi

Heale (Robinson)

Forbes

Adebayo

Adu

Potts

Simon-Swyer

Corbett

Kileba

Perkins (Woods)

Veliky (Mubama)

 

20_09_19 Chelsea v. WHU (Unofficial)

FULHAM : Premier League Under-18

Little Heath

1 - 2 (Corbett)

26 September 2020

Hegyi

Robinson (Fevrier)

Adebayo

Forbes

Woods

Corbett

Potts

Perkins (Clarke)

Kileba

Veliky (Coddington)

Simon-Swyer

 

 

20_09_26 WHU v. Fulham (Unofficial)

ARSENAL : Premier League Under-18

Little Heath

3 - 2 (Corbett, Fevrier, Woods)

3 October 2020

Hegyi

Thomas

Forbes

Adebayo

Evans (Robinson)

Corbett

Woods

Potts

Fevrier (Kileba)

Simon-Swyer

Mubama (Velicky)

 

 

20_10_03 WHU v. Arsenal

BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION : Premier League Under-18

Amex Elite Performance Centre

3 - 2 (Perkins 2, Corbett)

24 October 2020

Hegyi

Robinson (Orford)

Clayton

Potts

Thomas

Adebayo

Corbett

Woods

Mubama (Falase)

Kileba (Casey)

Perkins

 

 

20_10_24 Brighton & Hove Albion v. WHU

CRYSTAL PALACE : Premier League Under-18

Little Heath

1 - 2 (Mubama)

7 November 2020

Sanneh

Robinson

Clayton (Earthy)

Potts

Forbes

Adebayo

Fevrier

Woods

Kileba (Mubama)

Corbett

Perkins (Thomas)

 

 

 

20_11_07 WHU v. Crystal Palace (Unofficial)

West Ham United Under-18s went down 4-1 to Chelsea Under-18s, but put in a second-half display which offered lead coach Kevin Keen encouragement for the future. The Hammers, who had become the first team to defeat the Blues in U18 Premier League South last season after besting them 2-1 in January, were on the wrong end of an impressive display of first-half finishing from their hosts at Cobham on Saturday morning. Bryan Fiabema put Chelsea ahead with a volleyed finish after 14 minutes, and with the Blues dominating proceedings, they netted two more either side of the half-an-hour mark: Jude Soonsup-Bell finished off a flowing move, before Harvey Vale found the top corner. A number of fine saves by West Ham goalkeeper Krisztian Hegyi were required to keep the score down, with the Irons' only half-chances falling to defender Iyiola Adebayo and forward Kamarai Simon-Swyer.

If the first half saw Blues dominance, the second saw West Ham regain their confidence, playing with a new shape, starting brightly, and getting their just rewards on the hour mark.

Christian Veliky picked up the ball and floated a cross towards the back post, where Freddie Potts produced a firm header, looping the ball over the Chelsea goalkeeper and into the back of the net to reduce the deficit to two. The Hammers were playing the better football but, despite Hegyi’s best efforts, it was Chelsea who ultimately concluded the scoring, Jimi Tauriainen putting the three points beyond all doubt for his side with a tap-in inside the last 15 minutes.

West Ham United Under-18s were unfortunate to concede a late goal against Fulham Under-18s, condemning them to a 2-1 loss and a third straight league defeat to start of the season.

Fulham ‘keeper Damian Las was much the busier custodian in the opening exchanges, with the Hammers testing him from long range and generally having the better of the play as they pushed for a first lead this season. When West Ham’s goal did arrive, it did so in admittedly fortuitous circumstances: on 20 minutes, Kai Corbett floated a free-kick towards goal and Las allowed the ball to squirm through his legs, sliding beneath his grasp and into the net.

Fulham were level within two minutes, a well-worked goal seeing Luke Harris clinically converting after a powerful cross made its way through to the back post.

Following the interval, West Ham made another strong start to the half and Michael Forbes, Kamarai Simon-Swyer and Christian Veliky all came close before the hour mark, only to be denied by last-ditch Fulham defending.

The game could have changed when with 15 minutes remaining when a counter-attack led by Fulham’s Ibane Bowat led to a penalty being awarded, but West Ham shot-stopper Krisztian Hegyi made a good save down the middle of the goal to deny Mika Biereth.

The Irons’ reprieve proved only temporary, however, as Fulham snatched a goal from a corner eight minutes from time, Kayden Harrick getting the final touch to divert a Harris volley into the net.

West Ham United U18s secured their first win of the new campaign with a 3-2 victory over Arsenal U18s. West Ham United U18s were in front after just 12 minutes at a drenched Little Heath, the returning Fevrier applying the finishing touches after a defence-splitting pass from Kamarai Swyer. Midway through the first half Arsenal were reduced to ten men when Levi Laing’s late challenge left the referee with little option other than to send the defender off. Minutes later West Ham made the extra man count, extending their lead through Archie Woods. The visitors failed to clear a West Ham corner and the ball fell to Woods on the edge of the box, the midfielder’s low-driven effort doubling the Hammers' advantage. The visitors responded nearly immediately however; central defender Alex Kirk reacting quickest to a lofted free-kick and volleying home to reduce the arrears before the break.

It was Arsenal who started the second half the brighter team, and the young Gunners found an equaliser on 61 minutes, with Kido Taylor Hart finishing well past Krisztian Hegyi after a neat passing move. Not to be deterred, West Ham United U18s seized back the momentum and began to carve out chances of their own, and the pressure told with just over twenty minutes remaining. A flowing counter-attack began with Gael Kileba being released down the left hand side. The winger traveled strongly at the retreating Arsenal defence before squaring to Kai Corbett to apply the finish.

Despite blustery autumnal conditions, the Hammers took the lead after 20 minutes through Perkins. The left-footed midfielder collected a pass from Gael Kileba just outside the area, stepped inside his marker and unleashed a fierce shot which faded away from the goalkeeper to give West Ham United the lead. Clear shooting opportunities proved relatively scarce but when Brighton had one four minutes before half-time, Todd Miller took full advantage with a good individual effort to equalise. Nevertheless, the Irons regained their lead once more through Perkins just before the break after Brighton failed to clear a whipped free-kick. Defender Iyiola Adebayo collected the loose ball on the left flank, held off a challenge and passed inside to Perkins, who repositioned himself well to bend a right-footed effort inside the far corner to yield a 2-1 advantage.

Brighton had the better of the play at the start of the second half without creating much, and it was a profligacy which West Ham took full advantage of ten minutes from time. Having seen his side win a direct free-kick on the edge of the ‘D’, forward Kai Corbett stepped up and fooled everybody by firing it low towards the goalkeeper’s side – the pace on the strike ensuring it beat Fynn Talley all ends up. Brighton did eventually manage to pull one back, Matt Everitt capitalising on a defensive error as the game ticked into injury time, but the Hammers had already done enough by then to seal three impressive points on the coast.

A late goal condemned West Ham United Under-18s to an unfortunate and arguably undeserved 2-1 defeat at home to Crystal Palace. The sides exchanged early half-chances before West Ham goalkeeper Serine Sanneh produced an outstanding stop after a quarter-of-an-hour, diving across to his far post to bravely block Dylan Thisleton’s finish from point-blank range. Shorlty after, Kai Corbett came close for West Ham with a low strike from outside the area, but his shot hit the post and bounced wide of the goal. Jayden Fevrier then came close with a powerful run and short which stung the palms of Palace shot-stopper Owen Goodman, before Sanneh again displayed excellent reflexes to turn away a crisp shot from David Omilabu.

It was the visitors who made the breakthrough seven minutes into the second half, however, when Omilabu, bursting into the area, was brought down by Sanneh, with the Hammers’ custodian being cautioned. The Palace striker converted the subsequent penalty. The Irons’ reward for their perseverance arrived after 72 minutes when 16-year-old forward Divin Mubama netted his first goal in Claret and Blue at U18s level.

The second-half substitute was typically clinical in pouncing on a short back-pass from Thisleton, prodding it between Goodman’s legs to equalise for Keen’s side. Unfortunately, however, parity did not last long. On the counter-attack, Fionn Mooney curling the ball in off the post with ten minutes remaining to tip a balanced game in the visitors’ favour with ten minutes to go.

2020-21 Youth team

READING : Premier League Under-18

Bearwood Park

2 - 1 (Mubama, Perkins)

21 November 2020

Sanneh

Robinson

Clayton

Potts

Forbes

Thomas

Fevrier

Woods

Mubama

Perkins (Jones)

Coddington (Earthy)

 

 

20_11_20 Reading v. WHU (Unofficial)

WEST BROMWICH ALBION : Premier League Under-18

Birmingham County FA

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28 November 2020

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