It took a late Michael Keane goal to see United past West Ham at Bishop Stortford’s Woodside Park stadium.
West Ham fielded a team filled with first team experience as Freddie Sears, Herita Ilunga and ex Real Madrid player *snigger* Julian Faubert were included in the West Ham line up as well as Jack Collison who was on the bench whilst United’s team included 5 from the youth team that eliminated West Ham in the FAYC 4th round.
The crowd, inflated by school kids rewarded with a trip to the game, may not have been treated to the best game but it’s climax was more than satisfying especially for United fans.
A day after his twin brother’s goal scoring return against Sunderland for the u18s, Michael Keane showed the same predatory instincts to capitalise on on a goalkeeping error and hand United a late winner.
The game started off evenly and whilst chances were at a premium, West Ham’s experience began to tell as the first half wore on.
In the second half United and West Ham resumed their struggle and on the hour mark the introduction of Davide Petrucci enabled United to get a foothold in the game. His introduction in the midfield told as he clipped a ball into the box over the defence that Josh King was only just beaten to by West Ham keeper Stech.
Petrucci again played a part in United’s attack as after a break he held up the ball out wide allowing the rest of the team to join in with the attack. At just the right time he released the ball to the on rushing Joe Dudgeon, who laid it off to Ryan Tunnicliffe who found Josh King. King’s snap shot from the edge of the box was just pushed over the bar by Stech.
United were enjoying a fair bit of success down the left and when the goal came it was down that flank as Marnick Vermijl broke only for his cross to be snuffed out by Ilunga, from the resulting Norwood corner Keane got what would be our winner.
There were nervy moments at the end as West Ham looked for an equaliser and Freddie Sears went close despite the flag from the linesman being raised.