West Ham United continued their encouraging start to the Barclays U18 Premier League season with a convincing 4-0 victory over West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.
Republic of Ireland age-group international Kieran Sadlier was on target twice for the Hammers at Little Heath, while Nathan Mavila and Taylor Miles completed the rout.
U18s coach Nick Haycock was naturally delighted with a victory that could have easily been even more emphatic, despite the fact the team was missing regular centre-forward Elliot Lee and England Under-18 defender Leo Chambers due to their involvement in Sunday's Development Squad fixture.
"It was a deserved win," Haycock confirmed. "We had a young team out because Elliot and Leo were unavailable. We always have faith in our youngsters and this result shows we are doing things the right way.
"Manny Onnariase and Amos Nasha were superb at centre-back, Frazer Shaw was outstanding at left-back, while Josh Cullen and Kieran Bywater controlled the game in the middle of the park. Up front, Nathan, Kieran Sadlier and Taylor Tombides supported Nana Boakye-Yiadom really well in what was a very positive performance."
The opening goal was netted by Mavila following good interplay between Tombides and Sadlier before Australia age-group international Tombides combined with Cullen to cross for Sadlier to double the hosts' advantage with a tap-in.
Shaw and Mavila linked-up well before Sadlier scored the third and the icing on the cake was provided by substitute Miles, who created space for himself before lashing in the fourth into the top corner.
"It could have been more than four-nil," said Haycock. "It was a good all-round display from the boys. We have been doing a lot of work on variety in our attacking play - playing in behind, playing up to the striker, playing down the sides of the centre-backs - and that good attacking variety paid off on Saturday.
"At the back we were very well organised and worked hard and our goalkeeper Jake Larkins - an U19 who is allowed to play at this level - had very little to do.
"We have raised the bar with this performance and set our standards for the season ahead."
Like the first team, the U18s have now picked up seven points from their opening four league matches. They travel to Arsenal for their next fixture on Saturday 22 September.
On Saturday, four Under-15 schoolboys helped the Under-16s to record a 1-0 win over West Brom.
West Ham United U18s: Larkins, Siafa (Girdlestone 65), Shaw, Onnariase, Nasha, Cullen, Bywater, T.Tombides (Homans 70), Mavila, Sadlier (Miles 75), Boakye-Yiadom