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Barclays U18 Premier League: West Ham Start With Win Over Man United

James Wilson grabbed a consolation for Manchester United to set up a nervy final few minutes.

James Wilson grabbed a consolation for Manchester United to set up a nervy final few minutes.

Manchester United were defeated on the opening day of the Barclays U18 Premier League against West Ham United as Lewis Page and Jerry Amoo scored either side of half-time to down the Red Devils. 

James Wilson grabbed a consolation for United through a penalty but it was an otherwise confident performance from the Hammers.

West Ham coach Steve Potts told whufc.com a strong half-time teamtalk kept his side going till the very end: “We told the boys to keep doing what they were doing but to be aware that Manchester United might change their system and come out all guns blazing.

“For 20 minutes, they dominated the game after the break, and it was like a keep-ball session at times, but we didn’t let them get in behind us or create any goalscoring opportunities.

“We worked our way back into the game and from one of several counter-attacks we doubled our lead with about ten minutes to go. Our right-back Kyle Knoyle put over a great cross and Jerry Amoo converted with a fine volley.”

United’s late penalty set up a nervous final few minutes for Potts’ men, which took him by surprise: “We all thought that was it after Jerry’s goal, but they got a penalty when a shot hit Amos Nasha on the arm as he turned and tried to block it. The penalty was converted, which set up a nervy finish, but we held out for a well-deserved win,” he said.

Wolves were the most prolific side in the opening weekend of the Barclays U18 Premier League.

They beat Leicester City 6-1 away from home on Saturday morning. Luke Downes grabbed a consolation for the Foxes but it was one-way traffic for their midlands rivals.

Elsewhere Arsenal beat Liverpool on Friday before Everton defeated Southampton and Spurs beat Middlesbrough yesterday.

Full results:

Arsenal 2-1 Liverpool, Villa 3-0 Newcastle, Leicester 1-6 Wolves, Saints 1-2 Everton, West Brom 4-4 Man City, West Ham 2-1 Man Utd, Chelsea 2-0 Sunderland, Spurs 4-0 Middlesbrough, Fulham 2-0 Stoke.

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About Tom Bennett

I'm a 21-year-old Multimedia Journalism student at Bournemouth University aspiring to be one of Britain's top sports journalists. Follow me on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn for contact and further information.

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