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Accrington Cause Upset By Beating West Ham In FA Youth Cup

Accrington Stanley caused the shock of the third round last night. Image: Kipax.com

Accrington Stanley caused the shock of the third round last night. Image: Kipax.com

Accrington Stanley felt the magic of the cup last night as they ran out 2-1 winners at home against West Ham United.

Stanley were 1-0 up until the 92nd minute when Jamie Harney sent the game into extra-time but it was Max Hazeldine who had the last laugh by scoring the winner with just four minutes of the additional period remaining.

Accrington suffered a nervous start and were under the cosh from the first whistle.

Kieran Wollard lost his footing to let in Djar Parfitt-WIlliams but managed to recover to pull off a crucial save before scrambling an effort into his arms at the second attempt from a Jordan Brown effort.

Luke Greaves made a crucial block for the home side to prevent the Hammers taking a half-time lead.

Parfitt-Williams should have put West Ham in front but he couldn’t direct his free header on target.

Stanley’s shock lead came after 48 minutes when Nathan Webb scored a sublime overhead kick.

A relatively quiet second half was brought to life right at the death when Harney scored a close-range header to send the game into extra-time.

Daniel Hennigan made a crucial last ditch tackle in the extra-time period to deny West Ham going ahead and Stanley grabbed their reward for some relentless defending when Hazeldine put them in front.

A looping corner was headed down and caused a scramble in the box and it was Hazeldine who managed to get the final touch and send the ball into the net.


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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