Dynamite Dylan grabs equaliser against Leicester
Leicester City 1 West Ham 1 SCHOOLBOY striker Dylan Tombides earned West Ham an FA Premier Academy League draw against unbeaten Leicester City on Saturday morning. The youngster struck early in the game to shock the Foxes, and although the home side level
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SCHOOLBOY striker Dylan Tombides earned West Ham an FA Premier Academy League draw against unbeaten Leicester City on Saturday morning.
The youngster struck early in the game to shock the Foxes, and although the home side levelled in the second half, it was the Hammers who came closest to snatching the win when Conor Okus broke through, only to shoot straight at the keeper.
Academy director Tony Carr took a young side to tackle the impressive Midlanders, with four under-16s in their starting line-up and three more schoolboys on the bench.
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Carr was pleased with what he saw: "We did well considering they are unbeaten all season in the Academy League," he said. "We took the lead and might even have won the game, but it wasn't to be.
"Leicester had corner after corner in the second half and they made one count, but we defended very well."
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Jake Young made his second start at this level, while Blair Turgott, Dominic Vose and Tombides were also involved from the start.
Schoolboy Declan Hunt was handed his first taste of action at this level, while Matthias Fanimo was a second-half substitute.
West Ham are now unbeaten in four games, and will look to continue that run this Friday with a home game against Bristol City, kick off at 12 noon.