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Saturday 24 August Updated Thursday 19 February

Under-18s edged out by Chelsea

West Ham United's Under-18s were defeated 2-1 by Chelsea in their latest Barclays Under-18 Premier League game at the Blues' Cobham training complex on Saturday.

Kieran Bywater gave the visitors an early lead, but Chelsea turned the game on its head by the break to take the spoils.

Bywater's goal was one to remember, however, as he showed great technique to hammer a volley home off the underside of the crossbar.

West Ham enjoyed their fair share of possession, but Chelsea showed a greater clinical edge on their way to victory.

Under-18s boss Steve Potts still took heart from his youngsters' display.

He said: It was a good test for us, even if the result did not go our way. We've played Manchester United and Chelsea now and that's the benchmark at this level.

"We beat Manchester United last week and were a little unlucky not to get a result against Chelsea. We've come out with a lot of credit from both of them.

"That said, there are elements to our game which we know we can improve on and Chelsea showed the clinical side that you need to win games."

Under-18s: Howes, Knoyle, Page, Onariase, Burke, Nasha, Amoo (Parfitt-Williams 56), Cullen (Cullen 77), Bywater, Mavila (Makasi 70), Brown
Subs not used: Guzman, Harney

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