New signing Wellington Paulista scored his first goal since joining West Ham in a under 21s fixture against Arsenal this afternoon.The 29-year-old on-loan Brazilian - featuring as one of the permitted over-age players - grabbed the opening goal for West Ham in today's Elite Group encounter at London Colney, which United won 2-0.
Paulista, who played for an hour before being replaced by fellow newcomer Sean Maguire, rose highest to meet George Moncur's near-post corner to hear West Ham ahead on the 20-minute mark.
It was a lead that Nick Haycock's young Hammers doubled ten minutes later as Matthias Fanimo's attempted cross somehow found its way into the back of the net.
The win gave the under 21s a perfect start to their Elite Group campaign in what should have been their second outing, with last week's planned fixture against Manchester United cancelled as a result of the snow.
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West Ham Utd: Spiegel, Driver, Shaw, Nasha, Spence, Ruddock, Moncur, Lletget, Fanimo, Lee, Paulista.
Subs: Larkins, Onariase, Miles, Bywater, Maguire.
Arsenal: Martinez, Angha, Miquel, Yennaris, Boateng, Hajrovic, Eisfeld, Aneke, Ansah, Henderson, Neita.
Subs: Rees, Charles-Cook, Wynter, Bihmoutine.
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