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City Youngsters Deliver A Hammer Blow

STOKE CITY UNDER-18S 2 (Edwards 51, Campbell 53)
WEST HAM UNITED UNDER-18S 2 (Hector-Ingram 10, 62)
(Stoke City win 4-2 on penalties)

STOKE CITY'S U18s overcame West Ham United in dramatic fashion in a hugely entertaining FA Youth Cup Third round clash.

Kevin Russell's men secured a spot in the last 32 of the prestigious competition courtesy of a 4-2 penalty triumph after the sides played out an entertaining 2-2 draw at the bet365 Stadium.

The Hammers, the strong pre-match favourites, got off to a perfect start with the impressive Jahmal Hector-Ingram breaking the deadlock early in the first-half.

However a storming 120 second spell shortly after the break saw the Potters turn the game on it's head thanks to superbly taken strikes from Tom Edwards and Tyrese Campbell.

The lead lasted just 10 minutes however as Hector-Ingram once more came to his side's rescue with a well taken header from close range after evading the challenge of Jake Dunwoody.

Thibaud Verlinden, who shone out wide, forced the United stopper into the save of the match with a sensational strike from 35-yards that was finger-tipped onto the bar 20 minutes from time.

The home side were by far the most dominant side in the second period and should have been rewarded late on when some tremendous link-up play down the left culminated in Jordan Greenidge freeing himself of his marker, only to see his strike somehow saved on the line.

It was Greenidge, a constant nuisance to the Londoners rearguard, who was presented with a glorious opportunity to win the tie in extra-time, but he somehow curled an effort wide of target from just five-yards out.

Still, the hosts weren't to be deterred and they ultimately reaped the rewards they most certainly deserved after displaying incredible composure from the 12-yard marker under the floodlights.

All four of the penalties taken by the home side were clinically dispatched, whilst goalkeeper Mate Deczki was the player to take the acclaim after diving to his right to deny two visiting players and secure his troops a spot in the next round.

An almighty scalp for the Potters against the much-fancied Hammers, and Russell and co now await their opposition in round four of the competition, but certainly won't be fazed by anyone, and rightly so given their tremendous showing in front of a healthy turn out on home soil.

Stoke City - Edwards SCORED, Szereto SCORED, Dunwoody SCORED, Da Silva SCORED
West Ham United - Scully SCORED, Coventry SAVED, Henry SCORED, Kemp SAVED

STOKE CITY: Deczki, Edwards, McJannet, Dunwoody, Read, Da Silva, Verlinden, Sorensen, Greenidge, Campbell (Szereto 82), Twyford. Unused: Butler, Allen, Balde, Diallo.

WEST HAM UNITED: Trott, Johnson, Neufville, Coventry, Akinola, Rice (c), Kemp, Lewis (Henry 91), Hector-Ingram, Quina, Powell (Scully 78). Unused: Wells, Matrevics, Longelo.

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