Hammers defeated in youth clash

Tottenham Hotspur 5 West Ham United 2 AN inexperienced West Ham under-18 side suffered a derby defeat last Saturday after a disastrous first half performance. Missing the injured Conor Okus and Callum McNaughton, along with Tony Brookes and Olly Lee who w

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AN inexperienced West Ham under-18 side suffered a derby defeat last Saturday after a disastrous first half performance.

Missing the injured Conor Okus and Callum McNaughton, along with Tony Brookes and Olly Lee who were with the reserves, the Hammers struggled to come to terms with Spurs and by half time were trailing 3-0 after two goals from Jose Paul Mpoku and one from Kudus Oyenuga.


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Mpoku grabbed his hat-trick goal early in the second half but 15-year-old Ryan Hall pulled one back for the Hammers and then Sergio Sanchez scored a close-range header to make it 4-2.

Danny Subuola then came close to cutting the deficit even further but fluffed his finish. Peter Loveday saved a Spurs penalty to maintain West Ham's faint hopes of a comeback, but they were extinguished when Oyenuga netted his second.

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"Tottenham were too powerful and too strong for us," said Academy boss Tony Carr. "We were second best in most departments, but we did better after half time and got the performance we were looking for."

West Ham: Loveday, Smith (Modelski 60), Brown, Lampe, Driver (Moncur 70), Sanchez, Barrett, Wearen, Hall, Abdulla, Montano (Subuola 40).

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