WEST HAM UNITED v MANCHESTER UNITED
BARCLAYS U21 PREMIER LEAGUE ELITE GROUP STAGE
FRIDAY 1 MARCH 2013
REFEREE: CARL FITCH
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Final score - West Ham United U21s 0-0 Manchester United U21s
90+3 - A clumsy challenge from Shaw hands the visitors one final chance to put a ball in the box. Larkins bustles through the crowd to gather and there goes the final whistle. A really professional showing from Haycock's young men, who were resilient when they needed to be and never looked overly troubled at the back. It's most certainly a valuable point gained and next up it's off to Altrincham on Wednesday for the reverse fixture.
90 mins - Into the final minute here and West Ham are at least in the visitors' half, right where they want to be. Spence has it in the corner but his pass to Turgott drifts out of play. There will be two additional minutes.
88 mins - McGinty has the beating of Turgott but with a whole host of white shirts awaiting the cross, the full-back overcooks it and it sails over everyone. Waste.
86 mins - Neither side are settling for the point here, but after Tuesday's late collapse at Wolves, the Hammers will surely, at the very least, be intent on protecting what they have. The visitors win a corner but there are plenty of West Ham bodies to clear the danger.
83 mins - Here goes Lee down the right. He does brilliantly to cut inside the full-back before measuring a centre to the back stick. McCallum and Bywater are both looking to get on the end of it, but it takes a touch of a Man United head and the chance has gone.
82 mins - It's Manchester United, however, who go close again, as Lingard curls a free-kick just wide of Larkins' left-hand post. The Hammers stopper was scrambling for a moment there.
79 mins - There's a double swap here for Haycock's side as Paulista and Nasha make way for Kieran Bywater and Paul McCallum. An attacking change, that, from the Hammers boss, who clearly has his eye on all three points. McCallum was prolific in the competition's first phase, netting six times in just eleven starts and here's hoping he can make a similarly telling contribution in this evening's latter stages.
77 mins - Turgott slips it into Moncur who in turn fizzes it into the near post. Seb Lletget has made the run and slides in, only to be denied by brave goalkeeping as Amos smothers once more.
74 mins - West Ham look to counter but Lee plays it behind Turgott, who cannot adjust his feet quickly enough before falling to earth. Manchester United nearly make the most of the Hammers' carelessness as Lingard does well to give Schlupp a sight of goal, who unleashes a firm strike which flies narrowly wide of Larkins' near post.
71 mins - Manchester United are bossing it in terms of possession now, but are not really making their dominance tell. The visitors make their first change of the evening, as Tom Lawrence replaces Januzaj.
69 mins - Not much to report at the moment, it looks like the first goal will settle this one, if indeed it arrives at all.
66 mins - Paulista is putting in a real shift here, but it's largely to no avail. Full-back Vermijl does well to get to the byline, but the final ball is a waste as it sails behind Larkins' goal.
63 mins - Meanwhile, Lee, who has barely had a sight of goal thus far, picks the ball up and tries his luck with a measured drive, some 25 yards from goal. Amos barely has to move as he makes the regulation stop.
61 mins - Larkins rescues the Hammers here, as McGinty's cross picks out Lingard at the back post. He volleys goalward and Larkins flings himself to his right, to palm the ball away from the bottom corner.
59 mins - Schlupp gets away from Ruddock, who then races back to deny him a shot on goal. It's a strong, if fair challenge and penalty appeals are waved away by Mr Fitch.
57 mins - Spence is in space again on the right and this time his cross is a dangerous one. It's ricocheted into the path of Paulista but Amos always looks favourite and dives off his line to smother.
55 mins - At the other end, Sean McGinty gets his head to a right-wing corner, but it's rather tame and straight at Larkins.
53 mins - The Hammers enjoy a brief foray into the visitors' half. The ball eventually comes out to Spence, whose cross hangs high in the night sky before being gathered by Amos. Confident goalkeeping.
50 mins - Brilliant defending there from the exceptional Ruddock. He throws himself in front of Januzaj, to block the No10's goal-bound drive. It cannons off the former Boreham Wood defender and out of harm's way.
48 mins - Manchester United are seeing plenty of the ball but it's all in front of West Ham's back four. The Hammers are disciplined and well organised and snuff out the danger.
46 mins - We're back underway here at the Boleyn Ground and hoping for a more eventful second half.
45 mins- There will be one additional minute at the end of a disappointing half. That minute comes ago without anything of note, as referee Carl Fitch brings the first 45 to a close. Competitive but perhaps short of quality in the final third. Goalless.
44 mins - As half-time approaches, it's difficult to see where a goal is coming from. Turgott takes aim from distance but screws his effort wide. In truth, neither 'keeper has been tested nearly enough.
41 mins - Turgott shows his pace down the right, but with precious little to aim for in the middle his cross is easily deal with. Meanwhile, some neat football comes to an abrupt end as Paulista fails in his attempt to pick out Moncur.
39 mins - Manchester United having their best spell of the game here. Larkins comes off his line to collect a left-wing cross, inadvertently giving Dan Potts a whack in the process.
36 mins - Another opportunity comes and goes for the visitors. This time it's Schlupp who races down the left and rolls it into the path of Adnan Januzaj. The No10 should really do better from no more than 12 yards but skies his effort well over the bar.
35 mins - There's danger here for the hosts, as Veseli squares it to Lingard. Lingard gets his shot away and Larkins looks worried as it dribbles wide.
32 mins - Ruddock dispossesses Larnell Cole and then drives purposefully across the halfway line. He slips it into the path of Wellington, but it's slightly behind him and he's crowded out on the touchline.
30 mins - Paulista plays it into Lee, who attacks the full-back, before fizzing it low into the box. Paulista is hovering dangerously, but a Manchester United boot ensures he doesn't get there.
27 mins - Nick Haycock will, no doubt, be very impressed with what he has seen thus far. The Hammers are in the final third once more, but Lletget is unable to get any purchase on his strike from the edge of the box and Amos gathers.
24 mins - West Ham very nearly ahead. Lee plays it into Paulista, who controls on his thigh, before driving across the face of goal. Amos is at full-stretch as the strike goes agonisingly wide of the far post.
23 mins - Elliot Lee turns very neatly before popping it off to Shaw. Sadly, it comes to nothing, as Shaw's return ball is too strong. At the other end, a counter attack ends with Schlupp screwing a drive harmlessly wide.
21 mins - Turgott engineers room for a cross, but it's not the best and behind the West Ham bodies in the box. Still, Nick Haycock's men are certainly the more threatening.
19 mins - West Ham win yet another free-kick, as Paulista this time is fouled. It looks to be overhit and the visitors head clear. The Hammers are knocking on the door here.
16 mins - Jordan Spence making inroads down the Manchester United left. Turgott volleys it into the path of Lletget who, from an acute angle, volleys into the side netting. Chance.
14 mins - Sebastian Lletget wins a free-kick out wide and again it's Moncur standing over the dead ball. His delivery is excellent, as he crashes it toward the near post. Paulista makes the run, but again it's well defended.
12 mins - Jeffery Schlupp chases a through ball down the left flank. Pelly Ruddock, however, is on hand to shepherd the ball behind. Quiet start, it has to be said.
10 mins - West Ham keeping the ball very nicely, until Shaw tries to play it into Paulista. The Brazilian is unable to control and it rolls through to Amos.
8 mins - Wellington Paulista tries an ambitious effort from all of 40 yards. Ben Amos, however, is alive to the danger and collects easily enough.
6 mins - West Ham win a free-kick on the near side. George Moncur whips it in and the visitors do well to head it clear. There's a scramble in the box, before Manchester United are awarded a free-kick.
4 mins - Manchester United having marginally the better of the opening exchanges. Frederic Veseli tries his luck from 20 yards and his drive flashes past Larkins' left-hand upright.
3 mins - Marnick Vermijl runs at Dan Potts but the Hammers youngster does well to get in a toe to put it behind for a corner. The resulting corner is headed up in the air by Frazer Shaw, before West Ham, eventually clear their lines.
1 mins - It's the Hammers who get us underway, playing towards the Sir Trevor Brooking Stand in this first half. Larnell Cole crosses from the far side but it's easily gathered by Jake Larkins.
18:57pm - The players are out and there's a very respectable crowd in this evening. In the absence of skipper Callum Driver, Jordan Spence will captain the Hammers.
18:40pm - The teams are in and, as expected, Blair Turgott, on his return from Bradford City, goes straight back into the first XI. Elsewhere, Frazer Shaw replaces Ricardo Gardner at left-back.
West Ham United U21s: Larkins, Spence, Shaw, Nasha, Potts, Ruddock, Turgott, Moncur, Paulista, Lletget, Lee. Subs: Bywater, Baxter, McCallum, Miles, Onariase.
Manchester United U21s: Amos, Vermijl, McGinty, Veseli, Thorpe, Fornasier, Cole, Ekangamene, Schlupp, Januzaj, Lingard. Subs: Blackett, Sutherland, Lawrence, Van Velsen, James.
Good evening and welcome to the Boleyn Ground for this evening's Barclays Under-21 Premier League Elite Group clash featuring West Ham United and Manchester United.
Nick Haycock's Development Squad head into tonight's fixture hoping for an upturn in fortunes, having been edged out by both Southampton and Wolverhampton Wanderers in their last two outings.
The Hammers welcome back Blair Turgott and Paul McCallum from their loans at Bradford City and AFC Wimbledon respectively, both of whom are included in this evening's matchday squad. The pair have netted eight times between them for the U21s this term, prior to joining their npower League Two clubs.
Turgott helped Bradford City to reach the Capital One Cup final and was on the bench at Wembley in last Sunday's 5-0 defeat by Aston Villa. McCallum enjoyed a fine time at Wimbledon, being nominated for the npower League Two Player of the Month award for January after scoring four goals in four games.
Manchester United, meanwhile, visit east London on the back of Monday's hard-fought 1-0 win over ten-man Liverpool at Langtree Park. Italian defender Michele Fornasier settled an ill-tempered affair, firing home from close range in second-half injury time.
Warren Joyce's side sit a point above West Ham in fourth, having collected seven points from their four Elite Group fixtures.
We will have team news for you shortly, while there will be live text updates from kick-off at 7pm.