WEST HAM UNITED
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Manager: Kevin Keen
READING : Premier League Under-18
3 - 1 (Perkins)
14 August 2021
Sonny Perkins scored a ‘perfect hat-trick’ as West Ham United U18s defeated Reading U18s 3-1 on the opening day of the U18 Premier League South season.
The first West Ham United side to play a competitive fixture this season got the Irons off to a winning start as Perkins – playing up front in the absence of the injured Divin Mubama - netted with his head, his left foot and then his right foot, either side of Kelvin Ehibhatiomhan’s close-range equaliser.
Having had much the better of the play before the break, West Ham were forced back to a greater extent in the second half by Reading, but sealed the three points with 20 minutes remaining when Perkins won the ball near the halfway line and carried it into the area, finishing well across the keeper with his left foot for his hat-trick.
The result sees a continuation of the youth team’s fine run of form from the end of last season, in which they went five league games unbeaten, and provides a promising platform on which to build in 2021/22.
SOUTHAMPTON : Premier League Under-18
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28 August 2021
CRYSTAL PALACE : Premier League Under-18
Copers Cope Road
1 - 2 (Earthy)
21 August 2021
West Ham United U18s could consider themselves unfortunate to have suffered their first defeat of the season at Crystal Palace. Despite losing 2-1 to their hosts the Hammers’ youth team departed Palace’s Academy Training Ground, with their heads held high. Kevin Keen’s West Ham team went into the game off the back of an impressive opening-day performance against Reading U18s. Unchanged from that encounter, they made a slower start in south London this weekend, on the end of some serious Palace pressure in the opening stages. That eventually warranted a seventh-minute penalty for the home team when Fionn Mooney was brought down inside the West Ham box, with Crystal Palace captain Victor Akinwale stepping up to the mark to slot beyond Jacob Knightbridge. Despite West Ham going on to enjoy the lion’s share of possession in the remainder of the half, chances proved few and far between, Junior Robinson going closest when he saw his shot from a narrow angle kept out by Palace ‘stopper Owen Goodman. They got the goal their general play had deserved four minutes before half-time, however, when the Hammers recovered the ball high up the pitch, George Earthy punishing Palace with a clinical finish to net his first goal of the season. West Ham made the brighter start to the second half as Perkins saw a close-range effort turned onto the post by Goodman.
But it was the hosts who took the lead through Maliq Cadogan on the hour mark, the winger – on the counter-attack for the home team – weaving his way into the Irons’ box and rifling an effort into the corner.