West Ham crash out of Youth Cup as impressive Spurs march on
20:50 22 January 2013
Hammers Elliot Lee scored one and made one, but Tottenham’s youngsters proved far too strong at Upton Park
West Ham United 2 Tottenham Hotspur 5
Tottenham’s pace and power proved too much for West Ham’s Academy team as the Hammers crashed out of the FA Youth Cup at a freezing cold Upton Park on Tuesday night.
Last week Elliot Lee was making his first team debut at Old Trafford, this week he was leading the Under-18s out for this fourth round tie and both occasions proved tough for the youngster.
Tottenham started in irresistable form as they cruised into an impressive three-goal lead in the opening 25 minutes.
After just 11 minutes, Kenneth McEvoy ghosted past Cheye Alexander on the left before delivering a low cross which was bundled in by winger Roman Michael-Percil.
Nine minutes later it was two with a beautifully worked goal. Nabil Bentateb fed Michael-Percil and this time his low cross was expertly finished by Shaquille Coulthirst.
And when Spurs goalkeeper Luke McGee launched a ball downfield, McEvoy was the first to get on to it and in a route-one type move he calmpy slotted the ball into the net.
Three nil to the good after just 25 minutes and the game looked up, but Spurs were counting without Elliot Lee.
The young striker pounced on a defensive mistake on 38 minutes to show all his class as he sprinted from halfway, made an angle and superbly slotted the ball into the corner of the net to bring the Hammers back into the game.
West Ham came out early for the second half after a few choice words from coach Steve Potts no doubt and it showed as they looked to get firmly back into the tie.
Kieran Bywater had a shot tipped over by the Spurs keeper McGee, but on 57 minutes they did manage a second.
Lee was at the heart of things again as he won the ball on the right edge of the box, before delivering a perfect cross form Bywater to nod in and make the score 2-2.
At that point the Hammers had a chanc, but Tottenham rallied and twice Coulthirst was denied, once by a fine save from Gines Guzman Rosique and theny by Amos Nasha’s superb block.
But on 75 minutes they strecthed that lead in bizarre fashion as Grant Ward’s long shot was left by the West Ham keeper thinking it was going wide, only for the ball to sneak in at the post to make it 4-2.
Tottenham then rubbed salt into the wounds when McEvoy added a fifth with five minutes to go and West Ham were well and truly beaten
West Ham: Rosique, Alexander, Miles (Onarise 70), Harney, Nasha (Marlow 77), Mavila (Gogo 82), Cullen, Lee, Bywater, Sadlier.
Tottenham: McGee, McQueen, Ward, Dombaxe, Veljkovic, Ogilvie, Michael-Percil, Bentaleb, Coulthirst, Onomah, McEvoy,
Onarise for Taylor Miles 70