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Irons hammered by Albion

A perfect performance sees Albion take one step closer to the knockout stage of the Under-17s Premier League Cup.

By Charlie Hanson • 25 November 2020

By Paul Hazlewood
Marcus Ifill was in fine form yesterday, finding the back of the net twice.

A 5-0 win over West Ham United has put Albion within touching distance of the knockout stages of the Under-17 Premier League Cup.

Having already defeated Millwall 3-0 in the group stages, this comprehensive victory means Albion need just a point from their final match against Crystal Palace to secure a place in the next round.

Andy Moran opened the scoring after winning possession 40 yards from the opposition goal, going on a mazy run before calmly slotting into the bottom left corner.

By Paul Hazlewood
Andy Moran already has four goals in Premier League South action this season.

Marcus Ifill doubled the visitors' advantage when he got on the end of a long ball down field. He was initially denied by the Hammers goalkeeper, but was first to the follow up to convert the loose ball.

There was no let-up in the second half as Albion went for the jugular. Ifill got his second with a smartly volley after an effort had hit the woodwork, before Moran also grabbed his second with a lovely side-footed finish into the right of the goal after a fantastic team move down the flank.

The rout was completed when Jack Leahy poked in from just inside the box, with the move again starting from the back.

Although Albion sit top of their group with six points, to secure their place in the next round – at which point the competition goes from regional to national – they will need at least a draw against Palace in their final group match.

Under-18s head coach Mark Bead said, “We played really well, this first-year crop are working nicely together. We had plenty of quality going forward.

“Defensively we were switched on throughout the game, but the whole team worked well to win the ball back off West Ham quickly and, with the pace we've got, we caused them all sorts of problems.”

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