Palace’s academy side nearly clinched a second successive win to get their campaign off to the perfect start but a last-gasp strike for Leeds United ensure the spoils were shared in Yorkshire.
The Eagles started the game well and were on top of proceedings from the off, with Kian Flanagan testing the goalkeeper and the returning Jalen Jones’ presence at set pieces also caused the Whites plenty of problems.
However it was Leeds who managed to break the deadlock when a cross was lofted into the area and Bobby Kamwa managed to get in ahead of his marker at the near post to nod past Colm McAdden, and they would take that one-goal lead into the half-time break.
Midway through the second half Palace were still struggling to find a way back into the game, so manager Ken Gillard made a double change and introduced James Daly and Will Ozono into the mix, and they would have a huge impact by helping to turn the game on its head.
On 76 minutes Flanagan showed some good control to release Victor Fundi down the left flank who played it back into Flanagan’s path, and the attacking midfielder rode a defender’s challenge before curling an unstoppable right-footed shot into the top corner from just outside the area to level the scores.
Then four minutes later, Fundi flicked the ball onto Daly who broke through the Leeds defence, got to the byline and picked out Ozono who side-footed home to put the visitors 2-1 to the good.
Flanagan had a couple of chances to wrap up the win when he flashed an effort just past the post before racing through on goal and seeing a left-footed attempt saved by the home goalkeeper, but with two minutes to go Leeds drew level when a long ball was only half cleared and Lewis Knight was on hand to steer in a cross from the right.
However Palace nearly snatched the win back at the death when Ozono hit the crossbar following a Daly shot, but the Eagles made the long trip home content with their point after creating plenty of chances during the contest.
Palace: McAdden, Hosannah, Ossai, Jones (Lynch 87), Strurgess, Bryan, McGregor, Linton (Ozono 69), Flanagan, Lokilo (Daly 69), Fundi. Subs not used: Funnell, Sorrato.