U18s remain unbeaten

West Ham United's Under-18s extended their unbeaten start to the FA Premier Academy League season with a 2-2 draw at Portsmouth.

The Hammers, who have not lost any of their opening seven fixtures, went ahead through Dominic Vose early on, then conceded twice before Blair Turgott netted a late equaliser.

Academy Director Tony Carr admitted his team created more than enough opportunities to win the game, only to be forced to settle for their second successive draw.

"We are a little bit disappointed with the result overall because we had a lot of the game but didn't take our chances," said Carr.

"We went 1-0 up after 25 minutes when Dominic latched on to a good pass from Taylor Miles and beat a defender before side-footing past the goalkeeper.

"Kieran Sadlier had two chances and Blair had a very good chance but they went begging, the Portsmouth were awarded a very soft penalty when one of their players just ran into Kenzer Lee.

"We had a made five or ten minutes and they managed to get another goal to go in 2-1 up at half-time.

"We came out in the second half and dominated the game and got our reward when Blair scored with about 15 minutes remaining. Dominic did well down the right-hand side before passing to Blair, who drove a lot shot across the goalkeeper.

"We created a lot of opportunities, but it was not like the opening games of the season when we scored goals for fun. The quality in our finishing was not there.

"Obviously we're disappointed we didn't win, but we were missing a few players - Jake Young and Matthias Fanimo didn't play - and some of the boys are also playing development squad matches in midweek."

The Hammers youngsters return to action next Saturday, when Ipswich Town are the visitors to Little Heath for an 11am kick-off. Parking and admission are both free of charge.

West Ham United U18s: Larkins, Siafa, Shaw (Chambers), Potts, K.Lee, Turgott, Miles, Powell (Hurley), Vose, Sadlier, E.Lee