Under-21s earn emphatic win over Reading
KEMAR Roofe hit an 18-minute hat-trick as Albion Under-21s began 2015 with a comfortable 5-0 victory over Reading in the Barclays U21 Premier League.
Brothers Samir and Adil Nabi were also on the scoresheet for James Shan’s side, in a game which saw first-team contenders Cristian Gamboa and Sebastian Blanco get valuable minutes under their belts.
Albion opened the scoring in the tenth minute when Samir Nabi tapped home at the back post, after Alex Jones’s shot from the right-hand side of the penalty area was only parried into the midfielders path by Royals’ ‘keeper Daniel Lincoln.
The hosts doubled their lead just nine minutes later, Kemar Roofe was allowed time and space to run at the Reading back four, before unleashing a powerful strike from just outside the 18-yard box into the bottom corner.
The forward then grabbed his second and Albion’s third, volleying home Cristian Gamboa’s right-wing cross at the far post after 25 minutes.
Roofe completed his hat-trick eight minutes before the break, smashing the ball into an empty net from inside the six-yard box following a driven cross from Alex Jones.
Adil Nabi added a fifth with a sublime curling effort from 25-yards-out, which left Lincoln with no chance, as The Baggies claimed their sixth league victory in ten games.
Speaking directly after the game, hat-trick hero Roofe was understandably delighted to start the calendar year with a treble.
“I’m really pleased to have scored a hat-trick,” said the 21-year-old.
“I enjoyed my first goal because it is what I have been working on recently, cutting inside and shooting.
“I was happy with my third goal too, I won the ball back and ran the length of the pitch to get on the end of Alex Jones’ cross.
“I tried to focus on what the new Head Coach had been talking about during his first few days, keeping a solid defensive shape.
“We worked really hard as a team, and most of our goals were from counter attacks so we showed that we can keep a defensive shape and then go forward with intent when we win the ball back.
“I wanted to try and impress both the first team staff here at the club and the other people watching to try and earn myself a loan move.”
Albion: Daniels, Gamboa (Smart 62’), Atkinson, Cleet, Garmston, Pace, Samir Nabi (O’Sullivan 70’), Adil Nabi, Roofe, Jones (Roberts 56’), Blanco.
Unused Subs: Palmer, Leko.