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Oladapo Afolayan: West Ham debut ‘a dream come true’ as academy graduate scores in FA Cup win vs Doncaster

Oladapo Afolayan hailed his West Ham debut as a “dream come true” as the academy graduate marked the occasion with a goal as the Hammers beat Doncaster 4-0 in the FA Cup.

The 23-year-old striker, who joined the academy ranks in east London from Solihull Moors in 2018, was introduced in a deeper role than he’s used to by David Moyes when sent on for Tomas Soucek.

EditPro | Lagos Metropolitan newspaper Oladapo Afolayan celebrating his goal against Doncaster,

Afolayan showed great awareness to time his run into the box and finish after Ryan Fredericks drew a save from Ellery Balcombe which fell at the feet of the young Hammers sub.

Afolayan, who played against Tottenham for the U23s on Friday night, said: “I am delighted – it is a dream come true.

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“It has been a couple of years of hard work since I joined the club.

“I thought Ryan (Fredericks) was going to square it but he had a shot and I just followed it in.

“I played 60 minutes last night for the U23s. When I came off I got told I was in the squad for today.

“I just had to go home and prepare. All I can do is come in every day and work hard and pray I get opportunities and take them.

“I have played in the FA Cup before. To score in the fourth round here is a dream.” (Evening Standard)

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