Friday 28 October 2016

Republic of Ireland Josh Cullen handed Euro start

Josh Cullen
Josh Cullen

IRISH teenager Josh Cullen took another opportunity to impress new West Ham boss Slaven Bilic with a solid display for the Hammers in last night's Europa League win.

West Ham had to settle for a 1-0 win away to Andorran side Lusitans but the London club progressed 4-0 on aggregate.

Senior internationals Darren Randolph and Joey O'Brien were in the starting line-up for West Ham but so was U19 cap Cullen, making his second appearance for the first team.

West Ham recovered from an early red card for Diafra Sakho to ease past FC Lusitans and advance in to the second round of Europa League qualifiers.

Having scored twice in the first leg, Sakho had a night to forget in Andorra, although his 14th-minute sending off made little difference - however he will now miss the second-round qualifying clash with Maltese side Birkirkara.

Elliot Lee's first ever goal for the Hammers was enough to secure the 1-0 win on the evening a wrap up a comprehensive 4-0 aggregate success.

Despite the early setback, the visitors were in front seven minutes later as Sakho's strike partner Lee opened his Hammers account.

The 20-year old coolly converted Matt Jarvis' flick to grab the only goal of the night

Slaven Bilic had been criticised by Lusitans coach Xavi Roura for disrespecting his side by not being involved in the opening leg - but the new West Ham boss was on the touchline to see his side progress.

IRELAND international Cillian Sheridan enjoyed his competitive debut for Cypriot side Omonia Nicosia as they moved into the second qualifying round of the Europa League.

A summer signing from city rivals Apoel, Sheridan started for Omonia in their 2-0 win over Dinamo Batumi and they progress 2-1 on aggregate.

SHAMROCK Rovers will play Norwegian side Odds BK in the next round of Europa League qualifying after they beat Sheriff Tiraspol (Moldova) 3-0 on aggregate, a game watched by Pat Fenlon's coaching staff.

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