Palace's academy set-up continues to go from strength to strength with Oasis Academy Shirley Park CPFC yesterday (Monday) winning the under 15 English Schools National Cup Final.
Overcoming a strong Ribblesdale High School of Blackburn 3-0 at Derby County's Pride Park Stadium, the Oasis side came out victorious in the 792 team competition.
Hussein Mohammed was the hero with a hat-trick, taking his tally to 16 goals in 10 matches during this season's competition. Will Hoare, Oasis academy player of the year, and Jacob Berkeley-Agyepong were the other stand-out performers in a strong team performance.
Oasis started brightly and opened the scoring after 18 minutes when Hoare won possession in midfield and slipped the ball through to Mohammed who slotted calmly into the bottom corner of the net. Ribblesdale didn't sit back and Oasis were indebted to Tom McCarthy and Joel Lumeya as both centre-halves stood up well to threat from set-pieces, consistently excelling in the air. Oasis pressed for further goals before half-time with Mohammed going close on two occasions but his powerful efforts both smashed back off the crossbar.
In the second half a flowing move down the left hand side involving Hoare, Haines, Spence, and Eddie Dsane after 60 minutes resulted in Mohammed sweeping the ball home from eight yards out. Just minutes later the game was made safe with another excellent goal. Dsane was the architect threading through a lovely pass for Mohammed to accelerate away and finish emphatically to complete his hat-trick. Amadu Waritay and Issa Kamara both went close to extending the lead but in the end 3-0 was a comfortable win and captain Joel Lumeya lifted the National Cup for the first time in the history of Oasis Academy Shirley Park.
Oasis: Shirley Park and Crystal Palace FC formed a new partnership in October 2011 to provide our academy players with quality education and better access for our coaching staff.
Ben Garner Oasis School Partnership Head Coach said: "This national title has been thoroughly deserved. The players have gone from strength to strength this season and have played some fantastic football. They have won the cup by controlling games with possession football and have passed their way to victory. I am very proud of them and have thoroughly enjoyed working with them this season.
"I am delighted for Austin Berkeley, Peter Yates, Glen Denham and everyone associated with Oasis Academy Shirley Park. The benefits of the scheme are becoming very clear and I hope that the partnership continues to flourish in the future."
Peter Yates Assistant Principal of Oasis: Shirley Park said: "This was an excellent team performance with all the boys in the squad contributing to our success. Special mention must be made of Hussein Mohammed for a wonderful hat-trick. To be champions of England is the things that dreams are made of. The partnership between Crystal Palace and Oasis Academy Shirley Park is proving to be a resounding success and one that with time will provide the next generation of Crystal Palace FC players."