Crystal Palace showed their title credentials with a 5-1 victory over West Ham United in the U18 Premier League on Wednesday afternoon.
The Eagles started with two players of Nigerian descent in the form of David Omilabu and Tayo Adaramola, while Ola Adebomi, David Ozoh and Victor Akinwale were named as substitutes.
Akinwale and Adebomi climbed off the bench in the 67th and 84th minutes respectively.
The hosts led 1-0 after seven minutes courtesy of Omilabu, who scored from the penalty spot at Crystal Palace Academy (Beckenham, Kent).
Wells Morrison increased the lead for Palace as they went two goals up.
Two minutes from half time, the referee pointed to the spot and Amadou Diallo reduced the deficit.
It was an Omilabu show in the second half, as he struck twice to complete his hat trick.
Daniel Quick was on target with one minute left on the clock.
Omilabu’s treble moved him onto 16 goals in the U18 Premier League, including braces against Chelsea, Southampton and Arsenal (twice).
The 18-year-old striker scored against Fleetwood Town and Burnley in the FA Youth Cup and Premier League 2 respectively, bringing his total to 18 for the season in all competitions.