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Under 18s: West Ham Utd 0-4 Chelsea

Filed: Friday, 10th March 2017
By: Staff Writer

The Under 18s' Merit Group campaign get off to a poor start this lunchtime as they were heavily beaten by Chelsea at Rush Green.

In the first of their seven fixtures in the Elite group, for which they only qualified by the skin of their teeth, Steve Potts' side were downed 4-0 by a strong Chelsea side who extended their unbeaten run to 19 games.

Unbeaten since last September, the visitors took the lead after just 13 minutes through Luke McCormick from the penalty spot - a lead they doubled four minutes later when Hudson-Odoi passed the ball into an empty net, having left Irons' Latvian 'keeper Rihards Matrevics trailing in his wake.

Chelsea were threatening to run up a cricket score when they made it 3-0 on 25 minutes as Hudson-Odoi grabbed his second, but the Hammers survived to half time without conceding any further.

However they were to last just three minutes of the second half before conceding a fourth; this time Cole Dasilva - who scored against the Hammers in Chelsea's 3-0 win at Rush Green three weeks ago - was on target.

West Ham's remaining Merit Group fixtures - of which there are a total of eight, featuring the top four teams to qualify from the North and South preliminary groups - are as follows:

10 March: Chelsea (h) 0-4
18 March: Reading (a) 11am
1 April: Liverpool (a) 11am
8 April: Blackburn Rovers (h) 11am
22 April: Manchester Utd (a) 12pm
29 April: Manchester City (h) 12pm
13 May: Arsenal (a) 12pm

West Ham Utd: Matrevics, Eggleton, Akinola (c), Alese, Neufville, Coventry, Lewis, Johnson, Powell, Henry, Hector-Ingram.

Chelsea: Thompson, C.Dasilva, James, Colley, Guehi, McCormick, Hudson-Odoi, Uwakwe, Taylor-Crossdale, McEachran, Castillo.

Goals:: McCormick (13), Hudson-Odoi (17, 25), Dasilva (48).

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