Albion U18s 2 West Ham U18s 2

Premier League balls

Albion’s U18s came from behind twice to secure a point against West Ham United’s U18s on Saturday lunchtime.

George Earthy’s effort had given the Hammers an early lead, but Mo Faal’s equaliser just five minutes later ensured the sides went in level at the break.

Divin Mubama’s second-half penalty looked to have set the Irons on their way to victory, but another quick Baggies response saw Alex Williams level the contest within four minutes as both sides took a share of the spoils.

Peter Gilbert’s side went into their home encounter with West Ham in good spirits after defeating Leicester City last time out to earn a first win of the U18 Premier League season.

But they had to show their resolve after just 16 minutes when Hammers midfielder Earthy gave the visitors the best possible start by converting to put them ahead.

Nevertheless, Gilbert’s men were quick to show their desire and their efforts were rewarded within five minutes of conceding when forward Faal netted the equaliser.

The second half started in the same vein as the first and West Ham were the team to seize the initiative again 13 minutes into the half.

Mubama converted from the penalty spot to restore the visitors’ lead, but Albion were quick to respond again.

Okoka set up Williams to equalise for the second time and score his second goal in consecutive matches as the Baggies battled for a point.


ALBION: Boruc; Hall, Ingram, Ashworth, Dwyer; Williams, Iroegbunam, Teixeira, Okoka; Malcolm (Trialist 78); Faal.

Substitutes: N’Goma, Lamb, Grant, Oliver.