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Convincing Hammers cruise into last 16

Okoflex scored an astounding goal

West Ham’s under 23s strode into the last 16 of the Premier League Cup with a hugely convincing 3-0 victory against Exeter this evening.

The lads are enjoying a fabulous season at the top of Premier League 2 Division One and now moving closer to a real assault on the Premier League trophy.

They were hugely convincing tonight dominating the first half and scoring their three goals in the second 45 minutes.

The win means they have collected 10 points from five played and cannot be caught in second place in Group F.

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The goal of the night was the second on 77 minutes when Armstrong Okoflex ran almost the length of Exeter’s half before playing a one-two with the Mipo Odubeko and slotting home from 12 yards.

Maybe this youngster is part of the reason David Moyes is in no hurry to sign a back up striker to Mikey Antonio!

Earlier Harrison Ashby’s free kick may have taken a deflection before hitting thre net for a goal on the hjour and the scoring was completed by the impressive Thierry Nevers after being played in by Dan Chesters.

West Ham United U23s: Hegyi (Kinnear 46); Ashby, Laing, Alese (c), Fevrier; Ekwah, Forson, Nevers (Rosa 90+2), Swyer (Chesters 74), Okoflex; Odubeko
Subs not used: Perkins, Forbes
Goals: Ashby 60, Okoflex 77, Nevers 85

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4 comments on “Convincing Hammers cruise into last 16

  1. Think Moyes has quietly been bringing in some fantastic young players from other premier league clubs and the boy Okoflex looks quite a prospect. When you consider how many attacking midfielders we have it’s a testament to him that he still makes it onto the first team bench each week. Only a matter of time till he gets some minutes for the first team if he carries on like this for the 23s.

  2. And there it is – more A1 performances from Ashby, Alese, Okoflex who regularly polish the first team bench but not subbed on even for 5 minutes. Let alone Ben Johnson. Are we ignoring our own treasure chest? Look around, so many Premier clubs blooding youngsters, yet we ‘The Academy’ at the top of the U23 league prefer to do the opposite. Strategy?

    • Just a manager who values experience over anything else. It’s one of his flaws, was known for it at Everton too.

  3. You’ve got a point. And that’s exactly what Leeds did – albeit they had little choice. And the youngsters, fresh and grateful for the opportunity, did the stuff for them.

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