Ladies start strongly

West Ham United Ladies started their programme of summer engagements with a first-team squad putting in a highly encouraging performance at the Watford Ladies Invitation Six-a-Side Tournament.

Despite a high quality field, the Hammers were able to battle through their qualifying group unbeaten and advance through to the knockout stages to reach the final, taking the scalps of FA Women's National Premier Division sides Fulham and Watford along the way.

Tony Marshall's team were eventually undone in the final by another top flight team - going down 2-0 to a strong Birmingham City outfit.

The West Ham United squad for the event included a new face with Grace Moloney, an Irish Under-17 international, starting as goalkeeper. She was joined out on the pitch by Jess Barling, Rosey Sullivan, Ruby Southgate, Alex Keown, Kate Holmes,Toni-Anne Wayne and Gemma Shepherd.