West Ham won the FA Youth Cup for the first time since 1999, defeating Arsenal 5-1 at the Emirates Stadium.
West Ham win their first FA Youth Cup in 24 years with a 5-1 victory over Arsenal in the final; the Hammers came back from a goal down to win at the Emirates Stadium; West Ham last won the competition in 1999 with a team that included Joe Cole and Michael Carrick.
Omari Benjamin gave Arsenal’s under-18s the lead in the seventh minute. But George Earthy equalized just after the quarter-hour mark with a fizzing strike from the edge of the box.
Two minutes later, Callum Marshall calmly netted from Gideon Kodua’s ball into the area, before the provider turned goal-scorer moments before half-time.
Josh Robinson mis-controlled a pass on halfway which allowed Kodua to steal in, with the West Ham forward expertly chipping over stranded Arsenal goalkeeper Noah Cooper from 40 yards out.
Kaelan Casey extended West Ham’s lead after 79 minutes by heading home from Ollie Scarles’ corner, while substitute Josh Briggs scored with his first touch at the death to rubber-stamp an emphatic victory.
West Ham won the FA Cup for the first time in 1999, when a team led by Joe Cole and Michael Carrick defeated Coventry 9-0 over two legs.
West Ham United Youth win the FA Youth Cup after 24 Years
Arsenal’s under-18s will face West Ham’s under-18s in the FA Youth Cup final at the Emirates Stadium.
It’s been a rollercoaster ride for the young Gunners side to get this far. After thrilling comeback victories over Watford and Cambridge in the previous rounds, Man City forced extra time before Myles Lewis-Skelly scored in the 121st minute for Jack Wilshere’s team.
West Ham have had their own dramatic run to the final, with a late victory over Burnley and a dramatic 4-2 win over Ipswich. Their semi-final victory, on the other hand, was far more routine, with a 6-1 thrashing of Southampton.
The Hammers are favorites to win the FA Youth Cup for the first time since 1999 as the under-18 Premier League South champions. Kevin Keen’s men have been impressive all season and will look to continue their success.
Arsenal, on the other hand, has repeatedly demonstrated that they cannot be written off. Wilshere’s team did not expect to make it this far. They will be hoping for their first victory in this competition since 2009.
Football fans can keep up with all of the action from the Emirates.Kaya Kaynak and Jonty Colman, London’s chief Arsenal and West Ham correspondents, will be live blogging from the game.th Cup title in 24 yearsArsenal’s under-18s will face West Ham’s under-18s in the FA Youth Cup final at the Emirates Stadium.