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Millwall downed in penalty extravaganza

Filed: Tuesday, 25th November 2014
By: Staff Writer

West Ham United's development squad are through to the next round of the Under 21s Cup after beating neighbours Millwall in a thrilling penalty shootout.

With the game having ended 1-1 after extra time it took no less than SIXTEEN penalties to separate the two sides, with the young Hammers triumphing 8-7 after England youth international Sam Howes saved Millwall's eighth spot kick.

Millwall thought they'd grabbed the winning goal just eight minutes from the end of extra time when Fred Onyedinma scored the first goal of the game after 112 minutes of play. But West Ham hit back immediately when former Peterborough youngster Jaanai Gordon equalised to send the game in to a shootout.

The penalties went as follows:

1-0! Kieran Sadlier puts West Ham in front for the first time on the day

1-1 Pavey converts for the visitors

2-1! Seb Lletget sends the 'keeper the wrong way

2-2 Siafa fires down the centre

3-2! Jaanai Gordon, who saved the day in extra time finds the net again

3-3 Onyedinma restores parity

4-3! Mavila puts West Ham back in front with a piledriver

4-4 Jeffrey keeps his composure to leave Sam Howes frustrated again

5-4! Josh Pask keeps his cool and finds the corner

5-5 Howes gets close but Powell's spot kick does just enough to evade him

6-5! Into sudden death and Nasha finds the roof of the net

6-6 Howes beaten again as Millwall refuse to give up

7-6! It's King's turn to come close to making a save but Fanimo's effort narrowly beats him

7-7 No chance for Howes as Goodman smashes on into the top corner

8-7! Danny Whitehead maintains United's 100 per cent record by sending King the wrong way

8-7 Game over, as Howes finally gets his hands on a Millwall penalty

The match was played behind closed doors at West Ham's Rush Green training complex due to security concerns. The Under 21s will discover their last 16 opponents later this week.

West Ham Utd: Howes, Westley, Fanimo, Makasi (Mavila 90), Pask, Onariase, Bywater (c), Marlow (Nasha 62), Lletget, Whitehead, Sadlier (Gordon 76).

Subs not used: Bogard, Pike.

Millwall: King, Siafa, Wood, Thompson, Nelson, Goodman, El Bekri, Powell, O'Brien, Onyedinma, Jeffrey.

Subs not used: Webb, Girling, Casey, Twardek, Pavey.

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