By Harvey Byrne
West Ham academy director Terry Westley hailed young stars Marcus Browne and Domingos Quina for their “outstanding” displays against Middlesbrough on Friday evening.
The young Hammers side ran out 1-0 victors over their north east counterparts with a first half strike from Jahmal Hector-Ingram.
However, it was the performances of attacking duo Browne and Quina which impressed Westley the most against Middlesbrough.
“We had to defend and get people behind the ball,” told Westley to the official West Ham club website. “Overall, we grew into the game and in Marcus Browne and Domingos Quina, we had the outstanding players on the pitch.
“The goal was a typical one. The defender smashed the ball clear and Jahmal made something happen at the other end and scored.
“I left out more senior players in Sam Ford and Jaanai Gordon for an U18 player in Jahmal but he deserved that, because he’s been scoring goals down there. Nobody is guaranteed a place in our team, and these U18 players are pushing.
“It just shows you what a very good result it was tonight.”
Both players made their debuts for the Hammers while the side were in the Europa League in the summer.
Quina came on as an 81st minute substitute against NK Domzale, while Browne made a 75th minute appearance against Astra Giurgiu.
Quina, 16, joined the club in the summer following a release from Chelsea’s academy, while 18-year-old Browne has been at the club since he was eight.
West Ham have a history of bringing young players through to their first team and Hammers supporters will be hoping these two are the next to join a long list of academy products.
The east London club’s Under-23s are now sat in second place in the Premier League Two Division Two table, a point behind league leaders Swansea.
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