Lusitans 0 West Ham 1 (Irons win 4-0 on aggregate)
Elliot Lee grabbed his chance to impress Slaven Bilic with a well taken goal that sealed West Ham’s place in the next qualifying round of the Europa League.
The striker made his full senior debut in front of the new manager and did himself no harm at all by putting in a good all-round performance, as the Hammers emerged 4-0 aggregate winners over the two legs.
On the night, tempers were high and Reece Oxford was on the end of a late challenge before a Diafra Sakho and Lusitan defender, Moises San Nicolas, had to be pulled apart. The two were then involved in a further confrontation which saw Nicolas dramatically throw himself to the ground after Sak raised his hands. As a result, the Hammers hitman was sent-off.
Thankfully, Sakho’s dismsissal made no difference to the balance of power, and when Matt Jarvis flicked the ball round the corner for Lee, the striker curled his shot past Gerardo Rubio before celebrating in front of the travelling Claret and Blue army
The Hammers were later denied a penalty when Lee was felled just as he was about to shoot, but ridiculously play was waved on.
The Hammers continued to dominate for the rest of the match with Josh Cullen enjoying a fine 90 minutes in midfield. Matt Jarvis also looked sharp.
Lusitans managed to get the ball into the back of the Hammers net after the interval– when centre-back San Nicolas headed a free-kick past Darren Randolph – only to see the effort ruled out for a blatant offside.
With time running out, Terry Westley brought on youngsters Reece Burke, replacing Joey O’Brien on his 100th appearance for the club, and 2014-15 U18 top goalscorer, Djair Parfitt-Williams, who made his second senior appearance for the club.