Hammers Draw Blank Against Palace

WEST Ham United Under-18s have drawn 0-0 against Crystal Palace at Little Heath.

The game began with the play bogged down in midfield and that was pretty much where it stayed during a first-half of precious few goalscoring opportunities.

The most noteworthy incidents of the first 45 minutes were a scorching volley by trailist Richard Georgio that flew just over the bar and Liam White's touch to Densal Davidson's free-kick that diverted the ball into the Palace net, only for the referee to rule the goal out for offside.

After the break the game rumbled reluctantly into life, but still goalscoring opportunities were hard to find at either end. Hammers goalkeeper Darren Behcet was forced to make two good saves, while Sos Yao had the home side's best effort on goal, firing just wide after being set-up by Ishmael Welsh.

David Cowley showed plenty of industry along with a generous smattering of skill in midfield, yet Tony Carr's side failed to find the killer touch as the game finished 0-0.

WHU: Behcet; Henry, Andrews, White, Tomkins, Georgio, Shaw (Stokes 80), Cowley, Davidson (Ephraim 76), Yao, Welsh (Reid 80).