U18 Report: West Ham 3-2 Saints

By SFC Media Sat 18 Aug West Ham v Saints
Photo by James Bridle | Will Ferry
Sat 18 Aug 11AM
U18 Premier League
West Ham
3
Southampton
2
Longelo [36'] Parkes [44' 85']
Norton [17'] Ramsay [58']
Referee: Tom Donnellan | Venue: Little Heath Sports Centre | Attendance: 130

Southampton Under-18s were beaten by a cruel late winner at West Ham as an entertaining game went the way of the hosts in East London.

The young Saints took a deserved first-half lead when Christian Norton headed home at the near post, but found themselves behind at the interval after goals from Emmanuel Longelo and Veron Parkes.

Kayne Ramsay headed in a second-half corner and Paul Hardyman’s side looked set to take home a point, only for a heavily-deflected strike to decide the result five minutes from time, as Parkes claimed his second.

The young Saints should really have taken the lead inside the first 30 seconds, as a stray pass across the West Ham backline was intercepted by Will Ferry, who drew the goalkeeper out before squaring the ball for Norton, but it was fractionally behind the striker and he was unable to apply the finishing touch.

It was a sign of things to come as Saints took control of the early exchanges. Enzo Robise crossed from the right on to the head of opposite winger Ferry at the far post, who nodded narrowly wide.

It was from a similar attack that the visitors took a deserved lead on 17 minutes. Powerful right-back Ramsay surged forward and crossed to the near post, where Norton attacked the ball with purpose and planted a super header into the corner of the net.

Christian Norton celebrates after heading Saints into a first-half lead

But Saints were unable to press home their advantage and the Hammers struck back nine minutes before the interval.

Ajibola Alese strode into Saints territory and slipped the ball through for Longelo, whose first shot was blocked on the line by David Agbontohoma, but the defender was powerless to prevent the rebound being forced home from close range.

Then Saints shot themselves in the foot on the stroke of half time by switching off from a throw-in and allowing left-winger Parkes to sneak in behind, cut inside and fire a low shot beyond the outstretched right hand of Jack Bycroft.

Saints began to re-establish some momentum after the restart. Kornelius Hansen headed tamely at Joseph Anang, but the West Ham keeper could not stop Ramsay’s header from a Ferry corner just shy of the hour mark, which levelled the scores.

Neither team were content to settle for a share of the spoils, and Bycroft looked to have preserved a point with a stunning save to tip a long-range shot on to the crossbar, before reacting quickly to shut down Alese on the follow-up.

But instead the Hammers snatched victory when Parkes lined up a shot from distance that took a huge deflection to deceive the helpless Bycroft.

West Ham

1
Joseph Anang (GK)
2
Jeremy Ngakia
3
William Greenidge
Kyle McGeachy (79′)
4
Kristijan Belic (C)
5
Jamal Baptiste
6
Ajibola Alese
7
Veron Parkes
8
Sebastian Nebyla
Joshua Okotcha (90′)
9
Emmanuel Longelo
Keenan Appiah-Forson (67′)
10
Bernardo Costa Da Rosa
11
Odysseas Spyrides
12
Kyle McGeachy
13
Daniel Jinadu
14
Joshua Okotcha
15
Keenan Appiah-Forson

Southampton

1
Jack Bycroft (GK)
2
Kayne Ramsay
Seamas Keogh (73′)
3
James Morris
4
Daniel Bartlett
5
Daniel Agbontohoma
6
Allan Tchaptchet
7
Enzo Robise
8
Sean Brennan (C)
9
Christian Norton
10
Kornelius Hansen
Benni Smales-Braithwaite (69′)
11
Will Ferry
12
Seamas Keogh
13
Alex Cull
14
Mikey Saunders
15
Caleb Watts
16
Benni Smales-Braithwaite
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