16 Aug 2022

Former St Pius pupil Hammers the final nail

Michael Forbes' spot kick helps West Ham into Round 4 of the FA Youth Cup

Former St Pius pupil Hammers the final nail

Former St Pius Magherafelt MacLarnon Cup star Michael Forbes was on target for West Ham U18s as they booked a spot in the Round 4 of the FA Youth Cup.

Forbes, from Ardboe, played in the school's MacLarnon team that shared the title with Knock, before transferring to the Hammers.

After nearly three hours of see-saw action, West Ham and Luton were tied at 3-3, sending the game to a penalty shoot-out at Kenilworth Road.

Leading 3-2, Forbes scored the final penalty before goalkeeper Krisztian Hegyi was the hero with his second save to end the drama.

“I said to the players afterwards that I was proud of the way they took their penalties, especially when we’ve struggled to get through on penalties over a number of years," manager Kevin Keen told West Ham TV.

"I know this is a different group of players, but I thought the penalties they took were fantastic and obviously Krisztian came up trumps with a couple of saves.”

Michael Forbes makes it 4-2 during the penalty shoot out (Pic from West Ham TV)

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