Phil Airey scores against West Ham

WEST HAM UNITED RESERVES 4
NEWCASTLE UNITED RESERVES 2
Barclays Premier Reserve League
Upton Park
Tuesday, March 15 2011
Kick-off 2pm

Dan King reports from Upton Park ...

Newcastle missed out on the chance to go top of the Barclays Premier Reserve League North as they went down to a 4-2 defeat against a strong West Ham side.

Phil Airey gave United the lead - he finished well after racing onto Conor Newton's pass - but Freddie Sears wasted no time in equalising for the home side.

In the second half, Robbie Keane put West Ham ahead but Peter Beardsley's side deservedly drew level when Greg McDermott met Michael Richardson's cutback with a stonking finish.

The home side, however, had much more experience than Newcastle and it told in the end, as first Zavon Hines and then Cristian Montano scored in the final 20 minutes to give Steve Lomas' team the points.

Second-half updates (press F5 to refresh page)

90+3mins - Full time: West Ham 4 Newcastle 2 and a West Ham side with almost 1,500 league appearances has, as many would have expected, triumphed over a Newcastle XI with none. But the visitors ran The Hammers close until the final stages and Phil Airey and Greg McDermott both got their second goals inside a week.

90+1mins - WEST HAM GOAL (4-2): Alas the game is now West Ham's; sub Montano is denied by a sprawling save from Alnwick, but the same player follows up to roll it into the net. A two-goal margin is harsh on The Magpies, but experience has told in the end.

90mins - With the game petering out and seemingly heading now towards a West Ham win, there will be three minutes of added time for Newcastle to try and change that.

84mins - Dan Leadbitter becomes the second United player booked as he fouls Montano right on the edge of the box. Hines is again on setpiece duty but his effort is too close to Anwick, who gathers easily.

79mins - Luis Boa Morte is replaced by Anthony Edgar in the home side's final change of the day.

73mins - WEST HAM GOAL (3-2): The home side lead again thanks to a free-kick near the right-hand touchline. Former Real Madrid full-back Julien Faubert sends over a perfect delivery and Zavon Hines rises highest to head right into the top corner, with Alnwick helpless.

71mins - Freddie Sears receives the ball on the left-hand side of the box and shoots, but his shot curls away from goal. Jak Alnwick seemed to have it covered anyway though.

69mins - Sub Montano shoots from the edge of the box and sees it deflect off a black and white body, making Alnwick adjust and just get a hand to the ball as it threatened to squirm into the net.

68mins - NEWCASTLE GOAL (2-2): Michael Richardson does superbly to keep play alive down the left and cut the ball back to the incoming Greg McDermott, who provides a sumblime first-time finish into the bottom left corner of the net for his second goal in his last two games. Newcastle have kept on going after going behind and are good value for the goal.

67mins - Robbie Keane comes off with Oliver Lee replacing him, and the Irish international will be happy with a goal under his belt. No doubt Remie Streete and Jeff Henderson will be glad to see the back of him too, although they've dealt with him very well throughout.

66mins - Jeff Henderson is the first player booked this afternoon, for a foul on Freddie Sears. From the resulting free-kick, 25 yards out, Hines shoots and forces Alnwick into a fine diving save.

63mins - West Ham introduce Cristian Montano for Dylan Tombides, with the new arrival playing on the left wing.

60mins - Another United free-kick causes problems for the home side - this time it's played into the box, half-cleared away from Leadbitter, but followed up by Richardson whose shot is dragged just wide of the post.

58mins - After Patrick Nzuzi's darting run is ended unfairly by Holmar Orn Eyjolfsson, Airey steps up to take the free-kick and it's a good effort from 25 yards. Powerfully hit and rising, it takes a good save from Boffin to keep it out.

56mins - Freddie Sears is denied his second of the game by a great save from Jak Alnwick - who saved a penalty on this ground in the FA Youth Cup last season - and Keane dinks the rebound wide.

53mins - Good football from Newcastle sees the ball worked to Greg McDermott in a similar position to where he scored against Arsenal last week, but this time the midfielder is slightly off-balance and gets underneath his shot, which is scooped over the bar.

51mins - Zavon Hines has the ball in the net but he was flagged offside as the ball came to him, and he certainly appeared to be ahead of the defence. There are no real complains from Steve Lomas or his staff, either.

49mins - Newcastle nearly respond straight away as Inman shoots from just outside the box, but it's narrowly off target from the midfielder.

48mins - WEST HAM GOAL (2-1): Robbie Keane has been fairly quiet up until now, but one of the top scorers in Premier League history is always likely to pop up in the box and so it proves. United fail to deal with Hines' whipped free-kick, which goes across goal, and finds Keane at the far post to tap home despite Jeff Henderson's efforts.

Half-time report

45+1mins - It's half-time and the sides are level at 1-1. Against such an experienced home side, Newcastle have acquitted themselves ever so well and deserve to be on equal terms at the very least.

45mins - With seven goals in nine Reserve games now, Airey is full of confidence as he lines up another shot from distance, but although it's on target there's not enough power to beat Boffin, who is behind the ball all the way. There will be one minute of stoppage time.

43mins - Inman's clever ball towards Airey is headed away but only as far as Michael Richardson on the edge of the box. He executes a powerful half-volley which has Boffin scrambling, but the Hammers keeper saves in front of the empty Bobby Moore stand.

36mins - Conor Newton, who has made an excellent start in midfield, is injured and has to limp off in some pain. Patrick Nzuzi will replace him but it's hard luck on Newton, who is right on the fringes of the first-team picture and could really do without being out of action for any period of time.

30mins - Having gone down injured, Phil Airey is forced to go to the sidelines to receive treatment from physio Carl Nelson before being waved back on. No sooner has referee Warren Atkin given him permission to return to the field, the striker has siezed on a sloppy West Ham pass and hit a wonderful first-time effort towards the top corner. It's a shot only matched by the flying save from the keeper, diving acrobatically to tip it over the bar. Smart stuff from Boffin...

24mins - From a Newcastle corner, West Ham gain possession and break swiftly with Hines teasing a ball in for Sears at the far post. The England under-21 striker looks certain to grab his second of the game but Alnwick is straight off his line to block Peter Schmeichel-style from point-blank range.

20mins - Luis Boa Morte's free-kick from 30 yards is whipped in dangerously and met by Hines, but although the Hammers winger connects, he scuffs it wide from eight yards.

17mins - WEST HAM GOAL (1-1): Perhaps still not completely refocussed after taking the lead, Newcastle are caught cold as Freddie Sears races through the middle unchallenged and calmly sidefoots past Jak Alnwick, who was left exposed.

15mins - NEWCASTLE GOAL (0-1): It's been coming and Newcastle are deservedly ahead. Conor Newton makes the goal, gathering the ball in the centre circle and spotting the run of Phil Airey, and the 19-year-old striker with NUFC tattooed on his arm does the rest, dancing around Boffin and sidefooting into the empty net from just inside the box. 

14mins - Riley is getting forward well from left-back and, after Edmundsson holds the ball up and plays it out to him, the Walker-based teenager sends a first-time cross in which is met by the head of Michael Richardson, but saved easily by Boffin.

12mins - Joan Edmundsson robs Robbie Keane of the ball on the halfway line and drives forward himself, using Phil Airey as a decoy. The Faroe Islander elects to shoot and his low effort is struck well enough and on target, but Ruud Boffin - the Belgian keeper who played in West Ham's 1-1 Barclays Premier League draw with Blackburn in December - gets down to his right to hold it.

8mins - Hines finds Dylan Tombides in the box and he works space for a shot, but Jeff Henderson makes a crucial block and the ball cannons to safety. Great defending from the young centre-back, who is captain this afternoon.

6mins - Despite their lack of experience compared to their Hammers counterparts, Newcastle have made a confident start and after working the ball around the pitch nicely, Brad Inman decides to have a shot from 25 yards. It goes over the bar but it was worth a go.

2mins - Brad Inman plays in the overlapping Michael Riley in a similar position to where the 16-year-old full-back set up Phil Airey's winner against Arsenal last week, and his cross is again a good one. Joan Edmundsson attacks it and his effort is deflected behind off a West Ham defender.

1min - Robbie Keane wastes no time in making an impression as he slips in Zavon Hines, the Hammers left-winger, but Dan Leadbitter makes a good sliding tackle to steal the ball away.

TEAM NEWS
With Ole Soderberg suffering from flu and Tim Krul staying behind on Tyneside with the first-team, Jak Alnwick is handed his first Reserve start of the season in goal and Ben Robinson, who is awaiting his debut at this level, is on the bench.

Michael Riley and Remie Streete, both 16, keep their places following solid showings in last week's 2-1 win over Arsenal, but with Jeff Henderson recovering from a hamstring injury, Patrick Nzuzi - who also played well against The Gunners - is the unlucky player to drop to the bench, with Dan Leadbitter returning to his favoured right-back role.

Henderson is one of a handful of players in this team to have played in the 3-0 FA Youth Cup win at Upton Park last season. The centre-back scored that day, as did Brad Inman and Phil Airey, both of who also start this afternoon.

Airey is the only member of this United side to have played a first-team game - the 19-year-old hitman was a late substitute at Stevenage in the FA Cup in January - in stark contrast to West Ham.

Their squad boasts almost 1,500 league games and about 200 international caps between them, with Robbie Keane the standout name. Julien Faubert, the ex-Real Madrid right-back, Radoslav Kovac, Herita Ilunga and Luis Boa Morte have also enjoyed long and successful senior careers, while Zavon Hines and Freddie Sears have been first-team regulars this year.

WEST HAM UNITED RESERVES: Ruud Boffin, Julien Faubert, Herita Ilunga, Radoslav Kovac, Holmar Orn Eyjolfsson, Callum McNaughton, Freddie Sears, Luis Boa Morte, Dylan Tombides, Robbie Keane, Zavon Hines.
SUBS: Oliver Lee, Jake Larkins, Ahmed Abdulla, Cristian Montano, Anthony Edgar.

NEWCASTLE UNITED RESERVES: Jak Alnwick, Dan Leadbitter, Michael Riley, Jeff Henderson, Remie Streete, Conor Newton, Brad Inman, Greg McDermott, Joan Edmundsson, MIchael Richardson, Phil Airey.
SUBS: Ben Robinson, Patrick Nzuzi, Alex Nicholson, Ben Sayer, Ryan McGorrigan.

Referee: Warren Atkin

Attendance: TBC