Premier League 2
Leicester City 3 v 1 West Ham United
19th August 2022 @ 7pm
Seagrave Training Complex (Away)
Goals: Ekwah 32,
West Ham United PL2: Hegyi, Greenidge, Clayton (Robinson 57), Ekwah, Baptiste, Forbes, Chesters (Appiah-Forson 80), Potts (Woods 65), Odubeko, Swyer, Oko-flex (Mubama 80)
Subs not used: Kinnear,
A third defeat in as many games sees our young hammers rooted to the bottom of the Premier League 2 table.
The game didn’t start well for West Ham, falling behind after just 7-minutes to a goal from Leicester City’s young striker George Hirst. Twenty-minutes of end-to-end action followed with both West Ham and Leicester creating chances, but it was to be the home team that would make it two when a superb volley from Tawanda Maswanhise found its way past Hegyi into the back of the hammers net.
West Ham’s Pierre Ekwah wasted no time smashing in a powerful strike from the edge of the area to make it 2-1. Just minutes later it could have been all square, if not for a great save by Leicester City keeper Odunze.
Dan Chesters came close at the start of the second half narrowly missing the target. The Hammers continued to press hard for their second goal with both Oko-Flex and Will Greenidge asking questions of Leicester’s backline. It wasn’t to be though, as just after the hour mark The Foxes made it three. Appiah-Forson saw a late chance fired narrowly wide, bringing a close to a vibrant 90-minutes of football.
Next Match: West Ham United v Everton
27th August 2022 @ 12pm
The Rush Green Stadium (Home)
Premier League U18s South
West Ham United 4 v 1 Southampton FC
20th August 2022 @ 12pm
Little Heath Sports Ground (Home)
Goals: Orford 68, Boots (OG) 74, Marshall 84, Kodua 90+2
West Ham United U18s: Terry, Battrum, Falase, Casey, Scarles, Orford, Kelly (Fawunmi (90+1), Rigge (Mukasa 68), Earthy (Akpata 85), Marshall, Kodua
Subs not used: Herrick, Briggs
Kevin Keen’s young hammers secured their second comeback in as many weeks beating reigning Premier League U18 South champions – Southampton FC.
Our boys were unlucky to go in at the break 1-0 down, after The Saints took an early lead. The first 45-minutes wasn’t without drama though as goals from Gideon Kodua and Oliver Scarles were ruled out for offside and foul play, respectively. Despite this The Hammers showed their quality in the second half when Lewis Orford’s corner found the back of the net. Confusion in the box followed with young Southampton defender Nat Boot turning into his own net. A super strike from Callum Marshall in the 84th minute made it three. And after first half disappointment, Gideon Kodua finally got his goal ensuring all 3-points for West Ham.
The impressive victory for West Ham leaves us sitting 2nd in the southern division having taken maximum points from our first two games.
Next Match: Fulham v West Ham United
27th August 2022 @ 11am
Motspur Park (Home)