Speedy strikers too hot for QPR
West Ham United 3 QPR 0 WEST HAM marched into the last 16 of the FA Youth Cup with an easy victory against a physical Queens Park Ran-gers side at a cold Upton Park on Tuesday night, writes DAVE EVANS. And it was strikers Cristian Montano and Robert Hall
West Ham United 3 QPR 0
WEST HAM marched into the last 16 of the FA Youth Cup with an easy victory against a physical Queens Park Ran-gers side at a cold Upton Park on Tuesday night, writes DAVE EVANS.
And it was strikers Cristian Montano and Robert Hall who grabbed the headlines with impressive displays as they taunted the Rangers defence with their pace and skill.
Colombian-born Montano notched two goals, while 16-year-old schoolboy Hall scored the other to book a fifth round home tie with Newcastle United.
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Some of the football was not of the highest standard, but there were still some excellent performances from the West Ham youngsters.
Aside from the two strikers, left back Jordan Brown stood out for the Hammers.
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He seemed to have so much time on the ball, and hardly wasted a pass all night.
His fellow full back, Pole Filip Modelski was also impressive, despite taking a couple of fearful whacks from the QPR players that left him flat out on the Upton Park turf.
George Moncur, son of former Hammer John, looked controlled in midfield, while Ahmed Abdulla, despite flitting in and out of the game, made a useful contribution when he did have the ball.
It was Abdulla who set up the first goal on the 20-minute mark. While Hall made a darting run to pull away two defenders, Abdulla fed Montano, who eased away from his marker and coolly slotted in.
By that point, goalkeeper Peter Loveday had already made a fine save from Sam Bewick at the other end, but it was the Hammers who were having the best chances.
Montano shot wide and Abdulla forced a good save from the QPR keeper, before Paco Craig first blocked a Rangers effort at one end, and then turned and fired just wide at the other.
Two minutes before the break, West Ham had breathing space. They won a free kick over on the right wing, but despite the acute angle, the confident Hall let fly with a shot that deflected off the wall and looped over the keeper and into the far corner for 2-0.
Montano could have added two more before half time, but he finally managed his second on 76 minutes when he latched on to Hall's perfect centre to make it 3-0.
There was still time for Loveday to save well from Christian Nanetti, for Sergio Sanchez to be denied by a block tackle almost on the line and for substitute Danny Purdy to force a great save from Jon Miles.
QPR were finally reduced to 10 men after yet another cynical challenge, but by then the game was all over bar the shouting.
Academy director Tony Carr was delighted to get through, but not so pleased with the performance.
"It was obviously a cup tie and the most important thing is to be in the next round," said the boss.
"I was a little disappointed with the overall performance as I thought we could have used the ball better and passed it better."
West Ham: Loveday, Modelski (McNaughton 79), Brown, Craig, Sanchez, Moncur, Barrett (Turgott 70), Wearen, Montano (Purdy 76), Hall, Abdulla. Unused Subs: Cowler, Driver.