Under-18s defeat 10-man Palace 3-1

Our Under-18s produced a commanding performance and some stylish goals to defeat 10-man Crystal Palace 3-1 on Saturday.

Two strikes in as many minutes from Jamie Donley and Jaden Williams had Stuart Lewis’ side in control, even before the dismissal of Palace goalkeeper Jackson Izquierdo for clattering into Will Lankshear 15 yards outside his box with only half an hour gone.

Caleb Kporha had pulled one back for the hosts shortly before the red card incident, but we always had the upper hand and duly put the game to bed with a well-taken third goal from Lankshear on the hour mark.

Palace threatened in the first couple of minutes, Alfie Dorrington making a vital clearance from Junior Dixon while practically on the goal line, but we soon had the lead, Williams roaming in from the right and playing the ball short to Tyrese Hall in the box, whose low delivery across goal went in the direction of Lankshear, hit bodies and fell nicely for Donley to steer inside the far post – his third goal in three games – with nine minutes played.

A minute later it was 2-0, and in some style. Towards the end of a great team move that started with goalkeeper Luca Gunter, Rio Kyerematen pushed forward brilliantly from half-way and played Lankshear in behind the defence on the left side, the forward squaring for the arriving Williams to roll home at the far post and spark joyous celebrations among the players.

Palace made it 2-1 on 19 minutes when Kporha strolled through our defence and picked out the bottom corner on his left foot while Dorrington was on hand to block Jake Grante’s effort in the wake of a wide free-kick as the hosts tried to mount a response, but the game swung firmly in our favour when Izquierdo came racing out of his area and fouled Lankshear as the striker latched onto a long ball forward and tried to knock it beyond the advancing keeper, the referee showing the Eagles’ custodian a straight red card.

George Abbott’s right-footed shot from 20 yards was well saved by substitute goalkeeper Laurie Shala a few minutes later while Damola Ajayi’s dipping effort was helped into the net at the back post by Donley, only for it to be ruled out for offside at the start of the second half. But we deservedly restored our two-goal cushion on the hour mark when Will Andiyapan sent Donley sprinting away down the left and his sweeping cross was hammered home by Lankshear as he arrived in the box on the far side.

Palace battled on and had a couple of spells of pressure as the second period continued, Adler Nascimento hooking a shot just over the bar while both Asher Agbinone and Nascimento forced smart saves out of Gunter with headers from back-to-back corners in the closing moments. We had our own chances as well, though, Dorrington, Donley and substitute Yusuf Akhamrich narrowly missing the target from distance as we maintained control until the end.

(Official page)

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