Live Blog: West Ham United U23s vs Manchester United U23s PL2 Matchday Nine: Live From The London Stadium

Matchday Live Blog

That’s it from us at The London Stadium, make sure you catch our Match Report tomorrow, including quotes from Hammers Boss Terry Westley, thank you very much for tuning in and goodbye.

A superb victory for the young Hammers takes them up to third in The PL2 Division One and keeps United at the very foot of The Table.

Full-time: West Ham United U23s 4-2 Manchester United U23s.

Close! Holland’s fantastic run and shot just evades the top right-hand corner, that would have been sweet.

Four added minutes for the starlets to hold on to their lead here.

Close! Ingram is played in but O’Hara is up to the task of saving.

Rice deals with the danger with a defensive header.

The visitors have another free-kick in a dangerous position.

Johnson bursts down the right, only to see his cross blocked.

First-teamer Edimilson Fernandes makes way for Anthony Scully for our final change.

The advancing Kemp falls and appeals for a penalty but Purkiss laughs and shakes his head.

Meanwhile, Westley’s Boys now have a free-kick of their own that comes to nothing.

Kemp commits a foul and The Red Devils have a dangerous free-kick, Mitchell takes and the ball flies wide, no hat-trick yet for the forward.

Holland sets Ingram free but Tyrell Warren defends well.

The away side break from a Coventry error but are crowded out.

Trott saves brilliantly from Kehinde one-on-one, as Sam Byram departs for Ben Johnson.

Kemp looks to finish it on the break, but the ball rolls through to O’Hara.

The delivery runs all the way through for a United throw.

A fantastic team move wins a Hammers corner, as Man of the Match Martinez leaves the field to a standing ovation for Jahmal Hector-Ingram.

Terry Westley is now readying his first change, as Holland’s low cross can’t find anyone in Claret & Blue, great chance.

Final substitute for The Red Devils, with injured Indy Boonen being replaced by Ethan Hamilton.

Rice bursts forward but Holland cannot continue his progress.

Close! A deflected Tosin Kehinde effort strikes the bar, action aplenty.

The No8 was on hand to eventually finish from a goalmouth scramble, some breathing space for The Hammers!!

Goal!!! 4-2 Joe Powell finishes superbly!!!!

Rice is there again to deal with it as the danger is ridded for now.

Buffonge’s delivery is eventually cleared out for another corner.

United win their first corner of the second-half with a deflected shot.

With little more than 20 minutes to go here, Westley’s Boys still lead 3-2.

Close! Martinez and Fernandes combine but neither can finish.

The Red Devils clear and break but Rice is on hand to get rid of the danger.

Holland’s genius wins a Hammers corner.

Neufville appears to foul Mitchell but Purkiss fails to spot, to the disgust of the travelling Coaches.

Josh Bouhi looks to break for the visitors but play is pulled back for an earlier foul.

A superb Neufville ball plays Holland in but nothing comes of his cross.

United skipper Riley lets fly but the ball sails over.

Fernandes bursts through but the flag is up, almost 4-2.

Sbragia prepares a double change with Ro-Shawn Williams and Josh Bouhi coming on for Charlie Scott and James Wilson.

The No9 was on hand to nod home a perfect delivery to give the Hammer starlets the lead for the first time this afternoon, what a talent!!

GOAL!! Martinez grabs his hat-trick to make it 3-2!!!

Early chance! Neufville’s cross flashes Across the face.

James Wilson of Manchester United gets the second period underway.

The Players are just about retaking to the pitch here and the second-half is about to begin.

Half-time: West Ham United U23s 2-2 Manchester United U23s.

With that, Referee Sam Purkiss signals the break, what a fantastic half of Football that didn’t deserve a winner, the second period looks poised to be interesting at 2-2.

Goal!! Martinez pops up again to draw The Hammers level on the stroke of half-time!! 2-2.

Three minutes added at the end of this half.

The youngsters are taking an opportunity to take some fluids on board.

The ball in eventually finds Fernandes, but his deflected effort is gobbled up by Kieran O’Hara.

The electric Holland breaks solo and forces a corner from United skipper Joe Riley.

Holland is played in and finds Powell whose shot is blocked, closer.

Conor Coventry lets one fly but never looked comfortable as his shot flew into The Sir Trevor Brooking Stand.

Wilson’s cross flies hopelessly into touch.

Ricky Sbragia comes storming from the dugout to encourage his United side, who look like they will be taking a one goal advantage into half-time.

The Hammers respond quickly as Martinez’s dangerous pass is cut out by Shaw.

Goal for United, 1-2, Mitchell nets again as he pounces on the rebound of a Wilson effort.

Fernandes is dispossessed and United break, Pask tackles Wilson for a corner which is poorly taken.

Joe Powell is our first booking of the afternoon for foul play.

A Hammers corner, won by Dan Kemp is taken quickly, amounting to nothing in the end.

Close! Another Byram delivery finds Martinez, however, the danger is somehow cleared, as Fernandes’ shot whistles just wide from the play, all West Ham at the moment.

End to end! Mitchell tries his luck but Trott saves easily.

Kemp and Martinez come forward dangerously but the cross can’t find Fernandes or Holland.

The home side, tails up, break again but Holland’s misplaced pass rolls out for a goal-kick.

Byram’s cross eventually falls to the Spanish star who rifles a low shot home for 1-1!!.

GOAL!! The Hammers are level through Antonio Martinez!!.

Holland’s delivery is nodded out for a throw-in.

Close! Holland is played in by Neufville, only to see his high cross palmed away, shortly after, the defender wins our first Hammers corner.

Joe Powell looks for Kemp on the break but he cannot find him as Rice clears well from an opposing attack.

DJ Buffonge’s delivery is sloppily dealt with by a mixture of keeper and defender.

United are returning to the form they started with as Mitchell wins a dangerous free-kick.

Josh Pask does well to snuff out the breaking Wilson and then Shaw’s low delivery.

Little action to speak of here in Stratford, but the home side are on top.

With a turnaround here, Terry Westley’s men could move into the top four of The PL2 Division One, but if the visitors hold on, they could advance off bottom spot.

Better from The Hammers as a twisting Kemp run finds Nathan Holland but his low cross is blocked well.

The bright James Wilson stings the palms of Trott with an effort that is well-saved.

There are a small number of fans tightly packed into The Betway Stand cheering the young Hammers on.

The corner eventually leads to a Joe Riley volley that flashes just wide.

Corner for the away side.

Chance! Dan Kemp breaks against the run of play but his cross is caught.

Manchester United, in an all black strip, are dictating the early play.

The early strike was met with silence in an almost eary atmosphere.

Goal, the visitors open the scoring as Demetri Mitchell slides the ball under Trott, nightmare start!!

13:02: Toni Martinez kicks-off and we are underway.

13:01: The two teams are out and kick-off is just seconds away here at The London Stadium.

Today’s full team sheets:

12:40 PM: Shaw starts! United first-team left-back Luke Shaw is among the starters for the visitors today.

12:30 PM: The lads are going through their pre-match routines with 30 minutes until the start.

12:10 PM: Excitement is building here in Stratford as kick-off is less than an hour away.

Subs: Matrevics (GK), Hector-Ingram, Scully, Johnson, Rosa.

12:00 PM: West Ham United U23s Xl to face Manchester United: Trott (GK), Byram, Pask, Rice (C), Neufville, Coventry, Powell, Kemp, Fernandes, Holland, Martinez.

11:30 AM: First-teamers Sam Byram, Declan Rice, and Edimilson Fernandes could all feature today, Team News in 30 minutes.

11:20 AM: If you are bored and waiting for kick-off here in Stratford, be sure to check out our Match Preview here:

http://www.moorethanjustaclub.com/match-preview/match-preview-west-ham-united-u23s-vs-manchesterunited-u23s-premier-league-two-division-one-matchday-seven/.

An empty looking Press Lounge this morning.

More to follow…………

11:00 AM: Good morning from The London Stadium where we will be bringing you Live Text Commentary of today’s PL2 Division One clash between West Ham United and Manchester United.