A first-half hat-trick from Justin Amaluzor – which included two penalties – gave a young Barnet side a 5-0 win over Colchester United in their opening Reserve Cup fixture on Tuesday afternoon.
With Rossi Eames leading the first team Under-18s coach Dean Selvey stepped up to take the side and named a young starting XI.
Under-21s Kai McKenzie-Lyle, Fumnaya Shomoun, Wesley Fonguck and Nana Kyei started for the Bees, while the club’s youngest ever player, Dwight Pascal, was also included.
Barnet were immediately on the front font and skipper Fonguck almost opened the scoring when he broke into the penalty area down the left. But he could not find a way beyond the Colchester keeper at his near post.
After nine minutes the Bees went in front, Shomotun firing low into the bottom corner to give Selvey’s side the lead.
The hosts doubled up three minutes later when Amaluzor fired home his first before stroking home a penalty five minutes before half time.
Amaluzor and Shomotun both came close for Barnet but Tyler Brown got the fourth when he tucked home following a rebound.
The rout was complete moments before the half-time whistle when Amaluzor dispatched another penalty.
Barnet could have added more after the restart but were unable to as they closed out a professional second half without coming under pressure.
Barnet: K. McKenzie-Lyle; Pascal, Hobbs, Payne, Brown; Shomotun, Coker, Fonguck (c), Hernandez; Kyei; Amaluzor.
Subs: Cheema, Smith, Francis, Trialist.
You can watch Dean Selvey’s post-match interview below: