Prolific striker of Nigerian descent bags hat-trick for Crystal Palace in big win over West Ham U18s
Published: April 07, 2021
 Prolific striker of Nigerian descent bags hat-trick for Crystal Palace in big win over West Ham U18s
A hat-trick from prolific Nigeria-eligible striker David Omilabu helped title-chasing Crystal Palace thrash West Ham 5-1 in an U18 Premier League match on Wednesday afternoon.

Omilabu and fullback Tayo Adaramola started for the young Eagles, while Victor Akinwale and Ademola Ola-AdebomiĀ  came off the bench in the 67th and 84th minute respectively.

Palace had an early chance to take the lead when the referee pointed to the spot after Jesurun Rak-Sakyi was fouled in the box, Omilabu stepped up to convert the spot kick and put the home side in the driving seat.

It was 2-1 at the break, with Diallo reducing the deficit after Wells-Morrison had made it 2-0.

Omilabu dusted himself off and restored Palace's two-goal cushion from the spot in the 54th minute after a mistimed tackle by a Hammers player.

On the hour mark, the number 9 completed his hat-trick, tapping in after the West Ham defence was opened.

Omilabu is the leading scorer in the U18 Premier League South with 16 goals from fifteen appearances.

Palace have gone top of the division, three points clear of Fulham, after their convincing win over West Ham.

Ifeanyi Emmanuel

Photo Credit : cpfc.co.uk

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