West Ham United 3-1 Brighton & Hove Albion
Coach Mark Phillips says West Ham United U18s are growing in confidence after making it back-to-back wins by beating Brighton & Hove Albion.
The Hammers’ scholars followed up a 2-1 home victory over Leicester City by overcoming the Seagulls at Little Heath, with goals from Odysseas Spyrides, Yiannis Constantinou – his first at U18 level – and Bernardo Rosa securing a 3-1 success.
It was 0-0 at the break, but Spyrides celebrated his return from injury to mark his first start of the season with the opening goal on 51 minutes, only for Stefan Ljubicic to equalise nine minutes later. The hosts were not to be denied, however, as Constantinou (pictured, above) converted Amadou Diallo's pass on 70 to re-establish the lead, before Rosa converted Reece Hannam's pass to complete the scoring six minutes from full-time.
“It was a good team performance,” Phillips confirmed. “After a goalless first half, Odysseas put us ahead six minutes after the break.
“Brighton equalised a few minutes later through their Icelandic striker Stefan Ljubicic but, to our credit, the boys regrouped and got themselves back in control and then managed the game really well after Yiannis and Bernardo had scored.
“With the U23s playing up at Liverpool on the same day, we were without Alfie Lewis, Ben Johnson and Dan Chesters, so we were also delighted that two of our U15s, goalkeeper Serine Sanneh and midfielder Amadou Diallo, played the full 90 minutes and did really well.
“We are away to Norwich City, who are bottom of the table, on Saturday and we go to Norfolk with confidence we can make it three league wins in a row.”
West Ham United: Sanneh, Hannam, Wells, Alese, Ashby, Dalipi, Barrett, Diallo, Rosa, Watson, Spyrides (Constantinou 67)
Subs not used: Jinadu (GK), Okotcha, Appiah-Forson, Parkes