Collison delighted with U18s' win against Man City

Sebastian Nebyla

Jack Collison declared himself thrilled with the Hammers U18s' 3-2 victory against Manchester City on Saturday.

The young Hammers triumphed by the odd goal in five in a see-saw contest at Little Heath, which saw them take the lead three times - and crucially hold on to the advantage on the third occasion.

Amadou Diallo scored a brace, while substitutes Odysseas Spyrides and Sebastian Nebyla (pictured) combined for the latter to notch the all-important third goal eight minutes from time.

The victory gets the Hammers U18 Premier League Cup campaign back on track with three points from two group stage games and Collison hopes his team can build on a fine result.

He said: "It was nice to get back to winning ways and what a great way to do it too, against one of the best teams in the country at this level.

"Everyone knew it would be a tough game, but fair play to the boys, they were fully committed and all the credit goes to them for their hard work.

"We welcomed back a lot of experience for the game. Aji [Alese] had been with the U23s a lot, as have Bernando Rosa and Emmanuel Longelo. Having these types of players in the group gave us a really good boost.

"We also had two schoolboys starting in Jayden Fevrier and Amadou Diallo - Amadou scored two goals and the second was outrageous, cutting inside from 35 yards and hitting a knuckleball to put us 2-1 up.

"Odysseas Spyrides came on to set up his fellow sub Sebastian Nebyla for the winning goal and it was good to see that they will get the rewards of their hard efforts."