WEST HAM UNITED
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Manager: Kevin Keen
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
1 - 4 (Forbes)
13 September 2020
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.
CHELSEA : Premier League Under-18
1 - 4 (Potts)
19 September 2020
FULHAM : Premier League Under-18
1 - 2 (Corbett)
26 September 2020
ARSENAL : Premier League Under-18
3 - 2 (Corbett, Fevrier, Woods)
3 October 2020
BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION : Premier League Under-18
Amex Elite Performance Centre
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24 October 2020