West Ham U21s vs Feyenoord U21s Match Report
By Nicolas Drummond
After beating Tottenham last week, the Hammers made it three wins on the bounce in all competition, beating Dutch side Feyenoord in the Premier League Cup. The tone was set early at the Chigwell Construction Stadium thanks to West Ham’s striker Divin Mubuma who scored early in the game and completed a hattrick in a 3-0 win over the Dutch side. Feyenoord were good technically, but the irons’ high defensive block and press stopped most of their attacks on goal.
In the first minutes it seemed like Feyenoord had the possession and technical ability to cause trouble to the Irons as Shiloh T’Zand took the first shot of the game in the 2nd minute which ended in a goal kick.
However, Divin Mubuma picked up the ball from the Feyenoord midfield in their own half and carried the ball to the edge of the box finishing with a wonderful left foot shot into the top left corner just after 9 minutes.
The Englishmen struck again in the 51st minute as Archie Woods caught the ball beautifully in Feyenoord’s half and passed it to Regan Clayton who made a run down the left side to pass it back to Mubuma on the penalty spot who slotted it in the bottom left corner.
The final blow for the visitors was given in the 72nd minute with a neat set piece seeing Lewis Orford find Freddie Potts, the midfielder reversed the ball to Mubuma who was left alone in the box and finished neatly into the bottom left corner.
The number 9 could have increased his tally as he hit the post 25 minutes into the second half.
Feyenoord tried a lot during the game however West Ham’s defence was immaculate, obliging the visitors to take long shots which often finished in Brian Kinnear’s gloves or a goal kick.
By the end of the game the Dutch weren’t focussing on clean passes but rather on individual, T’Zand picked up the ball from a West Ham corner and carried it all the way to the halfway line, he unsuccessfully tried to surprise the keeper off his line, being the last kick of the game.
The Irons will now focus on their next game against Everton in the Premier League 2, Division 1, in January, a must win for Mark Robson’s men who sit second to last in the league.
The Dutch side are back on the pitch in two days as they face Almere City in the League. They will look to close the gap with PEC Zwolle and Groningen who sit top of the table.