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Hammers youngsters win

West Ham’s Under-18s managed to hold on to beat Reading on Saturday.

The youngsters turned in a performance of real quality to take all three points from the encounter.

The Irons took a 2-0 lead going into half-time, thanks to goals from Divin Mubama and Sonny Perkins.

However, Reading managed to stage something of a fightback, as they pulled a goal back at the start of the second half.

Hammers goalkeeper Serine Sanneh then made a superb penalty save to keep the Irons’ lead intact and Kevin Keen’s players managed to hold on to an exceptional victory.

Sanneh only turned 18 on Friday and his heroics from the spot ultimately proved crucial.

The Hammers also handed a debut to Liam Jones, an U15 midfielder who is the son of ex-striker Steve, who played for the club across two spells in the 1990s.

The result means the Hammers have taken six points from six games and sit ninth out of 13 teams in the league table, 12 points off leaders Crystal Palace.

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About Dave Langton

A journalist with 10 years' experience of working on National newspapers, now chief reporter covering the club that I've loved since I was a boy. Upton Park remains the greatest football stadium ever built.