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Match Report: Walsall 0-1 West Ham United U21s

30 August 2022

Match Reports

Match Report: Walsall 0-1 West Ham United U21s

30 August 2022

Walsall began their Papa John’s Trophy campaign with a narrow defeat to West Ham United U21s at the Poundland Bescot Stadium.

Kamarai Swyer scored the only goal of the game on 57 minutes as the visitors claimed all three points in Southern Group C.

Michael Flynn made seven changes to the team that started against Grimsby Town on Saturday.

Adam Przybek came in for his Saddlers debut in place of Owen Evans.

Elsewhere, Hayden White, who captained the team, Douglas James-Taylor, Flynn Clarke, Isaac Hutchinson, Ronan Maher and Timmy Abraham were all handed starts with Liam Kinsella, Tom Knowles, Andy Williams, Brandon Comley, Peter Clarke and Danny Johnson all dropping to the bench.

After a quiet opening 15 minutes, West Ham missed a glorious opportunity when Pierre Ekwah’s shot was saved parried out by Przybek but only as far as Dirin Mubama but he fluffed his lines on the follow up to let the Saddlers off the hook.

The visitors looked the more likely in the first half, with Mubama having a handful of opportunities, as Flynn’s men struggled to find their rhythm.

Walsall did have an opportunity late in the first half as Taylor Allen’s cross was met by Manny Monthé who headed over.

The Hammers continued to frustrate the hosts and they opened the scoring on 57 minutes when Swyer coolly slotted past Przybek.

The Saddlers Head Coach reacted to the goal and made a triple change as he introduced Johnson, Williams and Knowles in place of F. Clarke, Abraham and James-Taylor.

Walsall improved after falling behind and looked to get back into the game. A chance fell Monthé’s way when Maher’s corner was flicked on towards him but he couldn’t direct his header on target.

The substitutes made an impact as Williams came close to levelling with a volley from close range but Krusztan Hegyi did well to parry it away.

The Saddlers continued to push for an equaliser but the Hammers defence stood firm, denying both Knowles and Allen with some vital blocks.

West Ham saw the game out despite late pressure from the Saddlers who have work to do in the remaining group matches in the competition.

 

Przybek (GK), Bennett, White, Monthé, Allen; Earing (Kinsella), Maher, Hutchinson, F. Clarke (Knowles), James-Taylor (Johnson), Abraham (Williams).
Subs: Evans (GK), Comley, P. Clarke

Attendance: 1582 (32 away)


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