Hammers in Europe – Europe League, 1st Qualifying Legs – FC Lusitanos

Well, this was all a little frustrating not being able to watch this game and none of the big channels being able (or have the rights) to show the games.

OK, so we were quite fortunate that sponsors Betway managed to get the first leg at a sell out Boleyn broadcast via YouTube, and thankfully against the part timers, it was a good game with a comfortable win at 3-0.

Although Slaven was not in charge of the team as Terry Westley was preparing the team prior to Bilic becoming the manager, it was good to see the youth getting a good run out and what also looked like a clean slate for many fringe players such as Jarvis & Zarate. Each player has a point to prove vying for that first team spot and if we progress in the Europa League we are going to need all the help that we can get.

Good to see Sahko get a brace in this match – this bodes well hopefully for the rest of the season, but denied any further opportunity in the second leg with an odd sending off that didn’t seem to make much sense.

What did we learn from the games at all? Not a lot really………..it was a opportunity to see the Youth get a run out and have a look at those forgotten players that didn’t really get a shout under BFS. But with a number of first teamers absent, it didn’t really say much more than that.

If we had gone out at this stage of the competition it would have been a total disgrace, but we avoided that banana skin.

Maltese team Birkirkara is next up and that is straight into next week – relentless!
Let’s see how the European Tour progresses – so far, so good.

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