The Year 7 Quest Academy football team continued their race for the C division title with another stunning performance, winning 11-0 in a home tie against St Mary’s.

The goals came from Carlo (1), Riley (2), Phillip (2), Rizgar (3) and Nathan (3).

A special mention must go to Nathan’s hat-trick goal. This was a tremendous team goal which consisted of over 15 passes without losing possession and involved almost all 9 Quest players. It ended with the impressive Riley slipping in Nathan who thumped the ball into the roof of the net to claim his hat-trick. This was a real sign of the progress the team is making and you will find it hard to see a better team goal this season in Croydon Borough. Rizgar was also impressive again – This is now 2 consecutive hat tricks for the midfield general.

Riley who was making his first start for the Quest in the midfield really gave the manage something to think about with a commanding performance displaying a good first touch, a calm presence and a good football brain, to go alongside his two very tidy goals.

Overall Quest didn’t need to get out of their comfort zone and there will be harder challenges ahead, however you can only beat what is in front of you and the boys did exactly that, showing skill, teamwork and ruthlessness in their pursuit of victory.

This leaves the Year 7s unbeaten in three league games and unbeaten in all 5 games played this season including the Croydon Cup. In 5 games – Goals for: 35, Goals against: 7

Man of the match:

Another close call but Riley wins it this week after a tremendous full debut in the midfield.

Player ratings:

George 7/10 – Little to do but when called upon he was always an assured presence between the sticks with his first touch, kicking and catching skills catching the eye. Harder tests to come for Big G.

Zak 7/10 – Mr Reliable, always performs at a good level for this team. Comfortable in possession and strong in the tackle, another solid performance.

Oscar 7/10 – Another captain’s performance from the ever impressive Oscar. Commanded the backline throughout the game and showed he can play it out from the back and start attacks on numerous occasions.

Jayden 7/10 – Solid performance. Not his busiest afternoon but kept possession well and won his dual with the opposition attacker comfortably. Has impressed since coming into the team recently.

Aneillo 8/10 – A very good performance. Won the midfield battle in the early stages of the match with some fine tackling and creative play from deep. Put out fires all game and kept possession well.

Rizgar 9/10 – Another hat-trick and another dominant performance from the big man. Box to box playmaker who just can’t stop scoring.

Riley 9/10 – Very impressive performance on his starting debut which included two delightful goals. MAN OF THE MATCH

Nathan 9/10 – Dominated the forward line with his strength and technical ability, which meant he was able to dribble past players for fun and hold the ball up, allowing Quest to move forward. His wand of a left foot was as reliable as ever, allowing him to score a superb hat-trick with three clinical finishes.

Carlo 7/10 – Showed some nice touches and got his goal from being in the right place at the right time.


Phillip 8/10 – Tenacious as ever, this kid is blistering. Came off the bench and scared the life out of the St Mary’s backline with his speed, work rate and direct play. Two goals off the bench is always impressive.

Matthew 7/10 – Little to do but when called upon performed admirably in the centre of defence. Growing in confidence each game that is played.

Pedro 7/10 – Worked hard and kept possession well as he always does. A lot more to come from Streeter.

Camron 7/10 – A solid debut performance. Held the ball up well up front and was unlucky not to score himself having hit the post in the lead up to Phillip’s second goal.

Safwane– 7/10 – Worked his socks off when he came on. This boy has a great attitude and is desperate to impress. Solid and reliable in the midfield.

R Wilder