Khayon Edwards scored a dramatic last-minute winner on Tuesday as our under-18s secured a valuable 1-0 victory over West Ham
Catalin Cirjan starred in the No 10 role, while Joel Ideho made his second start of the season, replacing Kido Taylor-Hart.
There was also a familiar face in the Hammers’ starting XI, as Levi Laing featured as a trialist.
Keen to bounce back from our 3-2 defeat at Crystal Palace last week, we started strong with Cirjan playing a delightful lofted pass to Ideho, who cut inside from the left and fired just over the bar.
Mazeed Ogungbo’s instinctive effort from a corner was then tipped behind by Kristin Hegyi, before the visitors carved out their first opportunity, with Jayden Fevrier forcing Hubert Graczyk into a fine save at full stretch.
The Hammers finished the first half as the stronger side, but we bounced back after the restart with some encouraging passing moves.
With Omari Hutchinson, Cirjan and Ideho combining inside the area, the latter created a yard of space and fired at goal from 20 yards, but his low effort bounced back off the post. Hutchinson then failed to convert the rebound.
We continued to push on in search of a winner, though, and with one final searching delivery from a Hutchinson set-piece, substitute Khayon Edwards was on hand to convert at the far post and secure all three points.
WHAT IT MEANS
Up next, we will face Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday, February 20.
The game will take place at the AMEX Performance Centre with kick-off at 11.30am (UK time).
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