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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

2 - 2 (Earthy, Mubama [pen])

28 November 2020

Hegyi

Robinson

Clayton (Evans)

Earthy

Thomas (Tichmarsh)

Casey

Coddington

Woods

Mubama

Diallo (Kileba)

Perkins

 

 

20_11_28 WBA v. WHU (Unofficial)

West Ham United Under-18s picked up their third win in four league games after seeing off a second-half fightback from Reading to win 2-1.

 

A proverbial game of two halves took place at Bearwood Park Training Ground, with the Irons fully deserving of a 2-0 half-time lead given to them by England youth internationals Divin Mubama and Sonny Perkins.

 

The hosts came roaring back in the second half, however, netting early on through Michael Stickland, before drawing a fine penalty save from West Ham goalkeeper – and fellow Young Lion – Serine Sanneh, later on.

 

The three points move West Ham up to eighth in the U18 Premier League table.

West Ham United’s youth team put in a good performance to claim a 2-2 draw at West Bromwich Albion.

Kevin Keen’s Under-18s began the game with no fewer than four Under-16s players in their starting line-up, continuing a trend which has seen numerous Academy of Football starlets test themselves beyond their natural age groups this season.

England U17 international Diallo created the game’s opening goal after 17 minutes, playing the ball centrally to 16-year-old George Earthy to unleashing a fierce strike into the bottom corner from 20 yards.

The visitors’ lead didn’t last long, however as a high ball into the box wasn’t dealt with, allowing West Brom’s Mo Faal to slide in and poke home an equaliser three minutes later.

The Irons would retake the lead after 58 minutes when Divin Mubama powered a penalty kick high into the side-netting for his third league goal in as many games.

But West Brom once again provided an immediate response when, five minutes later, Aurio Teixeira slipped his way into the penalty area and, from the by-line, pulled back for Alex Williams to tap in.

 

LUTON TOWN : FA Youth Cup (Third Round)

Kenilworth Road

3 - 3 (Fevrier 2, Simon-Swyer) aet - won 4-2 pens

3 December 2020

 

Hegyi

Thomas

Baptiste

Potts (Earthy)

Forbes

Adebayo

Fevrier

Woods

Corbett (Kileba)

Simon-Swyer

Perkins (Mubama)

 

 

20_12_03 Luton Town v. WHU FAYC3

NORWICH CITY : Premier League Under-18

Little Heath

0 - 3

12 December 2020

Sanneh (Knightbridge)

Woods

Evans (Kileba)

Potts (Adu)

Forbes

Adebayo

Coddington

(Trialist)

Mubama

Earthy

Perkins

 

 

 

It took longer than West Ham United U18s would have liked to get to Kenilworth Road and even longer than they would have liked to beat Luton Town in the FA Youth Cup third-round tie.

The young Hammers overcame a traffic jam on the M25, a 45-minute delay, a stubborn opponent, extra-time and a penalty shootout to book their place in the fourth round for the first time in eight years.

After nearly three hours of see-saw action, goalkeeper Krisztian Hegyi was the hero, saving from Callum Nicolson and Ed McJannet as the Irons prevailed 4-2 on spot-kicks.

The Hammers went two goals up through Simon-Swyer and Fevier, however, just when it looked like West Ham might run away with things, Luton pulled a goal back on 26 minutes. The home side visibly grew in confidence after scoring and they were back on level terms seven minutes before half-time when Ben Stevens took advantage of a slip to thump a 25-yarder in via the underside of the crossbar.

West Ham had to wait until two minutes into extra-time to find the net for a third time and it was Fevrier who smashed a left-foot shot into same top corner of the net he had found nearly two hours earlier. But, just as they had done previously, the Hammers relinquished their advantage, and now faced a penalty shootout.

The Hammers' Hungarian keeper dramatically saved from Nicolson and McJannet in the shootout to send his team through to the fourth round for the first time since 2012-13.

20_12_12 WHU v. Norwich City (Unofficial)

CHELSEA : Premier League Under-18

Little Heath

0 - 4

23 January 2021

Hegyi

Robinson

Evans (Clayton)

Thomas

Forbes

Adebayo (Potts)

Earthy

Woods

Mubama

Kileba (Adu)

Perkins

 

 

West Ham United U18s returned to match action with a 4-0 defeat to last season’s U18 Premier League South runners-up Chelsea.

With the Academy of Football closing its facilities earlier than planned for the festive break as a precautionary measure, the youth team only resumed training earlier this month and played their first game since 12 December. They competed well but conceded to a set-piece midway through the first half, before three late goals adorned the score-line with an arguably undeserved gloss in the visitors’ favour.

West Ham’s U18s began the match brightly with plenty of intent, but were indebted to goalkeeper Krisztian Hegyi for two good stops from Chelsea’s Silko Thomas and Ronnie Stutter. Chelsea then took the lead when Luke Badley-Morgan pounced inside the area after the Hammers had failed to clear their lines from a corner.

George Earthy had perhaps the Hammers’ best effort in the first half with a long-range drive – ultimately off-target – but could have gone in further behind were it not for the woodwork denying Stutter.

West Ham rallied in the second half and enjoyed the majority of possession without creating too many chances, and it was another corner-kick which doubled the visitors’ advantage on 72 minutes, Alfie Gilchrist powering home a near-post header.

Chelsea then struck twice late on to give the score-line a harsher glint, Charlie Webster and Leo Castledine both converting crosses from the right from close range.

 

West Ham United Under-18s suffered only their second defeat in seven games on Saturday morning, losing 3-0 to Norwich City at Little Heath.

Kevin Keen’s U18s went into the game off the back of a triumphant result in the FA Youth Cup a week ago, when they overcame Luton Town U18s 4-2 on penalty kicks following a 3-3 draw after extra-time at Kenilworth Road.

Accordingly, it was the Hammers who made the brighter start in east London, striking the outside of the post after just three minutes through Sonny Perkins’ shot from the edge of the box.

Their confidence continued to swell as U16s midfielder George Earthy came close after going one-on-one with Norwich ‘keeper Sam Blair; his effort beat the shot-stopper, but also the far post.

The game gradually evened out, leading to Oscar Thorn – with his third shooting opportunity in the first 18 minutes – putting Norwich ahead, finding the bottom corner with a controlled finish after Alex Matos’ lay-off.

A combative – yet quiet in terms of chances – U18 Premier League South match developed, with West Ham playing with plenty of intent, if not always the final ball to match.

21_01_23 WHU v. Chelsea (Unofficial) 2021-22 Under-18

WEST BROMWICH ALBION : Premier League Under-18

Rush Green

2 - 6 (Fevrier, Simon-Swyer)

30 January 2021

Knightbridge

Robinson (Evans)

Clayton

Potts

Forbes

Thomas (Adu)

Fevrier

Woods (Earthy)

Mubama

Simon-Swyer

Perkins

 

 

 

It was a disappointing afternoon for West Ham United U18s, who were beaten 6-2 by West Bromwich Albion U18s in their latest U18 Premier League South game at Rush Green Stadium.

 

A slow start saw the young Hammers go in at half-time three goals down, but the youth team rallied through two fine individual efforts from Jayden Fevrier and Kamarai Simon-Swyer to make it 3-2 after an hour played.

 

Just two minutes later, however, the visitors extended their lead once more, before adding a further two goals late on to complete the scoring.

 

West Ham United U18s remain tenth in the U18 Premier League South, albeit having played fewer games than most of their rivals.

 

ASTON VILLA : Premier League Under-18

Rush Green

1 - 1 (Corbett)

6 February 2021

Hegyi

Robinson

Clayton (Adu)

Potts

Laing

Adebayo

Fevrier (Perkins)

Woods

Corbett (Mubama)

Simon-Swyer

Leahy

 

Kai Corbett netted on the stroke of half-time as West Ham United U18s recovered from an early goal to claim a well-earned point against Aston Villa on Saturday morning.

 

Corbett’s fifth Academy goal of the season arrived courtesy of some strong work from teammate Jayden Fevrier at Rush Green Stadium.

 

With his side pressing high, Fevrier won the ball back, drove at the defence and slipped in the perfect pass for Corbett, who kept his composure to sidefoot through the goalkeeper’s legs and into the net.

 

That strike cancelled out an early opener from Taylor Jay-Hart which could have damaged the Hammers’ confidence as they sought to recover from a heavy loss to West Bromwich Albion the weekend before.

 

21_01_30 WHU v. WBA (Unofficial)

ARSENAL : Premier League Under-18

London Colney

0 - 1

16 February 2021

Hegyi

Robinson

Clayton

Potts

Laing

Adebayo

Fevrier

Woods (Heal)

Corbett

Simon-Swyer (Perkins)

Leahy (Mubama)

 

 

West Ham United U18s were beaten 1-0 by Arsenal U18s in their latest U18 Premier League South fixture at the Shenley Training Centre on Tuesday afternoon.

 

A 92nd minute strike from Khayon Edwards snatched all three points for the Gunners in north London after a tightly contested affair.

 

The loss sees the Hammers stay 10th in the league table, still waiting for their first win of the calendar year.

 

21_02_16 Arsenal v. WHU (Unofficial) 21_02_06 WHU v. Aston Villa (Unofficial)

BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION : Premier League Under-18

Little Heath

0 - 2

27 February 2021

Hegyi

Heal (Robinson)

Clayton

Potts

Adu

Forbes

Fevrier

Woods

Mubama (Kolli)

Simon-Swyer

Perkins (Kileba)

 

 

 

West Ham United U18s put in an improved display but were undone by two second-half goals from Brighton & Hove Albion U18s. Going up against the Seagulls, Kevin Keen’s youth team were seeking a first win of the calendar year.

An entertaining contest ensued in east London, with both teams creating clear chances in the first half without being able to take them.

The Irons’ best opportunity came midway through the first half when Jayden Fevrier picked out Divin Mubama with a pinpoint cross, but the England youth international saw his effort smothered by Brighton goalkeeper Toby Bull.

When the opening goal did arrive early in the second half, it went to Brighton substitute Marcus Ifill, who had only been on the pitch a matter of seconds when his chance arrived.

West Ham failed to clear their lines from a long ball and Ifill found himself in too much space from a Claret and Blue perspective to rifle home the breakthrough.

As the Hammers sought to fight their way back into the game, the introduction of a second-half Trialist from the bench saw the youngster thrice denied by fine stops by Bull, the best of which was a superb reflex save from a tight angle.

And the game was ultimately sealed by Ifill in the first minute of stoppage time as Brighton again found their No14 through the direct route, whose good finish put an unfair gloss on a largely even game.

21_02_27 WHU v. Brighton & Hove Albion (Unofficial

SOUTHAMPTON : Premier League Under-18

Snows Stadium, AFC Totton FC

1 - 1 (Mubama [pen])

6 March 2021

Hegyi

Robinson

Forbes (Clayton)

Potts (Kileba)

Laing

Baptiste

Corbett (Earthy)

Perkins

Mubama

Simon-Swyer

Kolli

 

 

 

West Ham United U18s came within minutes of securing their first league win of the calendar year, only to be denied by a fortuitous late goal from Southampton at Snows Stadium.

The Irons were seemingly on course to claim a valuable three points on the south coast following Divin Mubama’s seventh-minute penalty, but – despite goalkeeper Krisztian Hegyi’s spot-kick save later in the half – were denied by an injury-time deflected clearance off Lewis Payne.

With both sides struggling to pick up momentum in recent weeks, it was perhaps unsurprising that the contest proved a tight one.

Yet when West Ham striker Mubama was felled inside the area in the opening stages of the game, the England youth international certainly took his, rolling the keeper the wrong way from the spot to open the scoring.

Shortly after, Southampton had a penalty of their own. Following an impressive double save from Hegyi, the ball was judged to have struck a hand in the resulting scramble. Up stepped Payne with the chance to equalise – but Hegyi yet again produced the save when it mattered.

But as the game ticked beyond the 90-minute mark, Southampton claimed an equaliser when Hegyi – racing off his line to meet a long ball – produced a clearance which cannoned off Payne and hit the back of the net.

21_03_06 Southampton v. WHU

ASTON VILLA : Premier League Under-18

Bodymoor Heath

2 - 2 (Perkins, Appiah [og])

13 March 2021

Hegyi

Adu

Clayton

Earthy (Heal)

Laing

Casey

Robinson (Falase)

Kileba (Titchmarsh)

Mubama

Simon-Swyer

Perkins

West Ham United U18s held Aston Villa U18s to a 2-2 draw in their latest U18 Premier League South fixture on Saturday afternoon.

 

Midfielder Sonny Perkins gave the Hammers the lead midway through the first half before the hosts hit back through Kahrel Reddin.

 

Villa took the lead in the second period through Tommi O’Reilly, but Kevin Keen’s side stuck to their task and got a deserved equaliser late on when Paul Appiah steered into his own net.

 

The draw sees the U18s remain eleventh in the U18 Premier League South on a proud day for the Academy of Football, with as many as six schoolboys featuring in Claret and Blue.

21_03_13 Aston Villa (Unofficial) 21_03_27 WHU v. Leicester City 21_03_22 Norwich City v. WHU FAYC4

NORWICH CITY : FA Youth Cup (Fourth Round)

Carrow Road

5 - 0  (Odubeko 2, Baptiste, Corbett, Fevier)

22 March 2021

Hegyi

Potts

Laing

Baptiste

Fevrier (Diallo)

Woods

Perkins

Clayton (Robinson)

Simon-Swyer (Mubama)

Odubeko

Corbett

 

West Ham United U18s produced a first-class display at Carrow Road to book their place in the FA Youth Cup fifth round with an emphatic 5-0 win over Norwich City U18s on Monday afternoon.

Kevin Keen’s youth team can take great pride in an excellent all-round display, being steadfast in their defending, efficient in their attacking – and decisive in the moments that mattered either side of half-time.

After soaking up some early pressure, the Irons took the lead early on when Mipo Odubeko collected Kai Corbett's pass, turned and swept the ball into the bottom corner after ten minutes.

An end-to-end encounter saw chances traded at both ends, but the young Hammers took command before the break when Odubeko tapped in captain Jayden Fevrier’s pinpoint low cross and – on the stroke of half-time – Fevrier capped a fine Kamarai Swyer pass with a powerful finish.

Norwich came out of the traps with renewed vigour, but rigorous defending – including one particularly impressive save by Kristzian Hegyi – kept Norwich at bay, before Jamal Baptiste’s header from a Corbett corner - and a low rocket from the latter - coated gloss to the scoreline.

As a result, West Ham’s youth team can now look forward to their first FA Cup fifth round draw since the 2011/12 season, which is set to take place on Friday.

LEICESTER CITY : Premier League Under-18

Little Heath

2 - 1 (Corbett, Perkins)

27 March 2021

Shala

Robinson

Forbes

Woods (Heal)

Laing

Baptiste (Potts)

Fevrier (Corbett)

Perkins

Simon-Swyer

Earthy

Diallo (Evans)

West Ham United U18s produced a stunning late turnaround at Rush Green Stadium to see off Leicester City U18s.

The Hammers were looking to build on Monday’s 5-0 win over Norwich City U18s in the FA Youth Cup with a first victory in U18 Premier League South since November.

Several late concessions had played their part in the young Hammers’ winless run – most notably when an unfortunate last-gasp equaliser denied them at Southampton weeks ago – but on this occasion, it was the Irons who turned the game on its head in the closing stages.

Brandon Cover’s good finish from outside the area midway through the second half had put Leicester on course for victory, but two good strikes in the closing stages from Kai Corbett and Sonny Perkins – within a minute of one another – gave West Ham a richly deserved three points.

The win also marked a big occasion for two starting players in particular: Laurence Shala, the U16s goalkeeper and Kosovo youth international making his U18s debut; and forward Amadou Diallo, the England youth winger making his first start in Claret and Blue since November having returned from a knee injury.

FULHAM : Premier League Under-18

London School of Economics

0 - 4

30 March 2021

Hegyi

Robinson

Forbes

Potts

Laing (Earthy)

Baptiste

Perkins

Woods

Corbett

Simon-Swyer

Clayton (Diallo)

 

West Ham United U18s were beaten 4-0 by U18 Premier League South leaders Fulham. Kevin Keen’s team were four games unbeaten in all competitions going into the tie, but could not respond to goals from Jay Stansfield, Kieron Bowie (two) and Mika Biereth either side of half-time.

Coming off back-to-back wins in the FA Youth Cup and league last week, the Hammers made a bright start in the opening minutes, Kai Corbett’s high pressing saw him rob Fulham goalkeeper Alex Berto of the ball – but the custodian responded to the Hammer’s shot with a good low save. Corbett then came close to picking out Kamarai Swyer with a low ball in, but it was Fulham who took the lead with a quarter-of-an-hour on the block when Jay Stansfield fired in from close range after being picked out by Bowie.

Junior Robinson was the next Hammer to be denied by the legs of Berto, having shot low from the corner of the box, before West Ham goalkeeper Krisztian Hegyi produced a good save of his own to deny Luke Harris’ long-range volley. Despite being on an even keel, when the next goal arrived, it went to Fulham, Bowie slotting home a loose ball following a scramble at a corner kick. While West Ham attempted to mount a fightback after the break, the next goal went to the team in white on the hour mark; Biereth ran in behind, controlled a long ball and fired in an effort via the inside of the post. Fulham’s fourth arrived three minutes from time when Bowie struck a left-footed drive into the bottom corner. The defeat sees the Irons remain in tenth place in U18 Premier League South.

21_03_30 Fulham v. WHU TS

CRYSTAL PALACE : Premier League Under-18

Copers Cope Road

1 - 5 (Diallo)

7 April 2021

Hegyi

Robinson

Evans

Heal (Clayton)

Forbes

Laing (Bates)

Diallo (Simon-Swyer)

Woods

Mubama

Kileba

Perkins

 

 

A much-changed West Ham United U18s side suffered a 5-1 loss away at league leaders Crystal Palace U18s on Wednesday morning.

 

With a number of youth team scholars in action during the U23s' 1-1 draw against Chelsea U23s on Tuesday night, U18s lead coach Kevin Keen made five changes to his starting eleven for Wednesday's trip to Crystal Palace Academy.

 

Palace took a 2-0 lead inside the first half when a seventh-minute David Omilabu penalty was added to by Jack Wells-Morrison's sharp finish.

Whilst Amadou Diallo was able to respond for West Ham with a spot-kick of his own just before the break, Palace raced away in the second half, Omilabu completing a close-range hat-trick – including another penalty – before Daniel Quick completed the scoring for the home team.

 

21_04_07 Crystal Palace v. WHU (Unofficial)

READING : Premier League Under-18

Little Heath

4 - 1 (Mubama 3 [1 pen], Earthy)

10 April 2021

Knightbridge

Robinson

Clayton (Evans)

Tichmarsh

Forbes

Thomas

Kileba

Perkins

Mubama

Earthy (Heal)

Simon-Swyer (Kadua)

 

 

West Ham United U18s produced an excellent final league performance ahead of their FA Youth Cup fifth-round tie, seeing off Reading U18s 4-1 at Little Heath Sports Ground on Saturday morning.

 

Forward Divin Mubama – a 16-year-old recently called up by England U17s – scored a second-half hat-trick as the young Hammers dominated the Royals after the interval.

 

Fellow West Ham U16s midfielder George Earthy also found the back of the net, one of seven schoolboy players to feature in the Claret and Blue matchday squad.

 

With numerous scholars playing for the U23s in their victory away at Manchester United on Friday night, lead coach Kevin Keen once again named a youthful-looking side for Saturday’s encounter, including a first youth team start for U16s midfielder Harry Titchmarsh.

21_04_10 WHU v. Reading (Unofficial)

ARSENAL : FA Youth Cup (Fifth Round)

Rush Green

1 - 3 (Mubama)

16 April 2021

Hegyi

Laing

Clayton (Mubama)

Potts

Forbes

Baptiste

Corbett

Woods (Diallo)

Odubeko

Simon-Swyer (Robinson)

Perkins

 

 

 

West Ham United U18s' FA Youth Cup campaign drew to a close in the fifth round with a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Arsenal U18s. Goals from Omari Hutchinson (2) and Khayon Edwards were enough to see the Gunners throug, despite Divin Mubama’s late effort.

Kevin Keen’s side were playing at this stage of the competition for the first time in nine years. Arsenal took the lead with their first effort on target of the night.  A neat spin and drive from Miguel Flores saw the midfielder burst into space in the West Ham half and release Omari Hutchinson in the box. The winger rode a challenge and fired low past Krisztian Hegyi to give Arsenal the advantage.

Moments after the resumption the visitors doubled their lead. West Ham failed to clear their lines and the ball dropped back to Hutchinson 30 yards from goal. The forward drifted inside and swept his shot against the post. Rather fortuitously the ball ricocheted straight into the path of Edwards who made no mistake, doubling the Arsenal lead.

A quick counterattack from Arsenal led to Hutchinson being played through on goal. The striker bared down on Hegyi but, as he looked to pull the trigger, he was felled by Baptiste in the box. The referee pointed to the spot and was left with little choice but to dismiss the defender as the last man. Hutchinson picked himself up with minimal fuss and converted the penalty low under Hegyi to ensure it would be Arsenal heading to the quarter-finals of the FA Youth Cup.

West Ham, however, did manage to get a goal back, when Odubeko capitalised on a sloppy back pass from the Arsenal defence and laid the ball onto Mubama to finish. The striker stretched and his effort squirmed through the goalkeepers’ arms to make it 3-1.

21_04_16 WHU v. Arsenal FAYC5

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR : Premier League Under-18

Tottenham Hotspur Training Centre

1 - 1 (Mubama [pen])

20 April 2021

Hegyi

Robinson

Thomas (Bates)

Laing

Forbes

Evans

Woods

Perkins

Earthy (Heal)

Kileba (Coddington)

Mubama

 

 

 

West Ham United U18s put in an improved second-half display to claim a 1-1 draw away at Tottenham Hotspur in U18 Premier League South on Tuesday afternoon.

Following their exit at the FA Youth Cup fifth-round stage and the inclusion of numerous youth team players in the U23s squad on Monday, U18s lead coach Kevin Keen named a much-changed side for the trip to their London rivals’ training ground.

The young Hammers looked rusty in the opening exchanges, and could consider themselves fortunate to only go in at the interval 1-0 down, with Tottenham hitting the woodwork three times inside the first half.

Spurs defender Maksim Paskotski saw his shot deflected onto West Ham goalkeeper’s Krisztian Hegyi near post inside the opening quarter-of-an-hour, with the Hungarian also being called upon to make a fine stop from Romaine Mundle.

Yet the visitors’ luck ran out after 17 minutes when an in-swinging ball from the right fell at the feet of Roshaun Mathurin, who took his opportunity with aplomb.

When West Ham re-emerged following the interval, however, they looked a different team.

Within minutes, midfielder George Earthy had a fine individual effort fly narrowly wide, before the Irons were awarded a penalty when Hackett handled inside the box.

Mubama, who netted against Arsenal on Friday and scored a hat-trick in the game before that, a 4-1 league win over Reading, demonstrated his confidence by sending Spurs stopper Adam Hayton the wrong way to level matters.

21_04_20 Tottenham Hotspur v. WHU (Unofficial)

NORWICH CITY : Premier League Under-18

Lotus Training Centre

3 - 3 (Earthy 2, Coddington)

24 April 2021

Hegyi

Robinson

Rew

Woods (Heal)

Forbes

Laing

Coddington

Earthy (Clayton)

Mubama

Bell

Perkins

West Ham United U18s rallied from 3-1 down to draw 3-3 with Norwich City U18s at the Lotus Training Centre on Saturday afternoon.

 

George Earthy had put the young Hammers ahead after just eight minutes, but a frantic five-minute spell saw the hosts hit back with three goals of their own midway through the first half.

 

Earthy grabbed his second of the contest shortly after the half-hour mark, and the comeback was subsequently completed by Remy Coddington’s exquisite lob with little under 20 minutes remaining.

 

The draw sees West Ham United U18s stay tenth in the U18 Premier League South table with only two fixtures remaining.

21_04_24 Norwich City v. WHU (Unofficial)

SOUTHAMPTON : Premier League Under-18

Little Heath

3 - 2 (Mubama 2 [1 pen], Earthy)

1 May 2021

Knightbridge

Robinson

Clayton

Heal (Kileba)

Thomas (Bates)

Laing

Coddington

Khaleel

Mubama

Earthy

Perkins

 

West Ham United U18s recorded their fourth consecutive unbeaten game in U18 Premier League South with a thrilling 3-2 win over Southampton U18s at Little Heath.

 

Having been set the challenge by lead coach Kevin Keen and assistant coach Mark Phillips of avoiding defeat in their last five games of the season, it was the younger members of the side who ensured that mission remained on course against the spirited Saints.

 

Schoolboy striker Divin Mubama recorded a brace – his sixth and seventh goal respectively in his last five games, making him the U18s’ top scorer this season – whilst a fellow U16, midfielder George Earthy, also scored his third goal in his last two U18s games.

 

U16s left-back Regan Clayton also recorded two assists on a proud day for the Academy of Football coaching staff, who continue to further such bright talents by playing them above their natural age group.

21_05_01 WHU v. Southampton 21_05_08 Leicester City v. WHU (Unofficial)

LEICESTER CITY : Premier League Under-18

Seagrave Training Ground

1 - 1 (Earthy)

8 May 2021

Hegyi

Robinson

Clayton

Heal (Tarima)

Casey

Laing

Coddington

Khaleel (Richards)

Mubama

Earthy

Perkins

 

 

West Ham United’s youth team were held to a 1-1 draw away at Leicester City on Saturday, concluding their 2020/21 season five games unbeaten in U18 Premier League South.

The young Hammers were already assured of their tenth-placed finish in the table ahead of the match, but can consider themselves unfortunate not to have made it three wins from their final five fixtures.

Despite West Ham dominating the early exchanges, Leicester took the lead in the seventh minute of the game thanks to an accurate Terell Pennant cross and a fine volley from Will Russ which gave Jacob Knightbridge little chance in the visitors’ net.

The Hammers were not deterred by the early concession nor the heavy rain, however, and continued to create plenty of shooting opportunities, without quite managing to find the requisite finishing touch.

When their goal did arrive after 25 minutes, it was a superb one, a free-flowing move from back-to-front instigated by defender Junior Robinson, who exchanged passes with Remy Coddington on the halfway line.

Racing onto the return, the right-back carried the ball into the Leicester half, raced away from his marker and ran inside, before playing an excellent through-ball to U16s midfielder George Earthy, who had bent a run in from the opposite flank.

The playmaker allowed the ball to roll across his body and, after allowing Leicester goalkeeper Arlo Doherty to go to ground, emphatically slid the ball past him from an acute angle – Earthy’s fourth goal in his last five games, and fifth of the season overall.

2020-21 Under-18