Wearen targets more goals

Eoin Wearen is targeting goals after opening his account for the season with a smartly-taken strike in West Ham United's 5-1 development squad win at Grays Athletic.

The 19-year-old ran through the defence before coolly slotting past goalkeeper Ali Aksoy from 18 yards, capping a fortnight that also saw him help Republic of Ireland reach the semi-finals of the UEFA European Under-19 Championship, where they were beaten by eventual winners Spain.

"Obviously being away has helped me keep fit so I feel 100 per cent and I was just happy to get another 90 minutes under my belt," said Wearen.

"Goal-scoring is something I'd like to get into my game a bit more this season and I'd like to add a few more if I can. It's my second game into the season, so I'm quite pleased to have got off the mark already and hopefully there will be plenty more to come.

"It was a bit of a striker's finish, wasn't it! I think the good thing was that I didn't have too much time to think about it, so I just ran through and slotted it home, which was nice.

"It was a brilliant achievement for Irish football and I think we can learn a lot from the Spanish. I will take that experience on with me and it'll make me a better player.

"I think competitive football is the best type of football and playing for a European Championship really is the most competitive environment. I can't wait for the next one."