Okus ensures U18 draw

A Conor Okus goal helped West Ham United to a 1-1 draw against Cardiff City in an inter-group Premier Academy League fixture on Saturday morning.

The lively 17-year-old midfielder opened the scoring with a fierce drive in the 35th minute after a corner was cleared to him on the edge of the penalty area. Cardiff fought back after the interval but for Okus the goal completed a memorable personal week, having made his first start in the reserves in a right wing-back role on Monday night.

Okus played the full 90 minutes against Aston Villa's second string and then followed that with the Hammers' goal against the Bluebirds. It was his second goal in 17 appearances this season at Academy level. Tony Carr's U18's are next in action on Saturday when they travel to Milton Keynes Dons.

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