Palace’s under-18s fell to defeat in their first game after the resumption of the U18 Professional Development League following the Christmas break against Cardiff City.
Having seen their game against Millwall called off a few hours before kick-off due to a waterlogged pitch a week earlier, Paddy McCarthy’s team hadn’t played for three weeks and Trystan Jones’ first half goal ultimately proved to be the difference between the sides in south Wales.
However, second-place Millwall were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Ipswich Town, meaning that the Eagles maintain an eight point lead at the top of the table, whose attentions now turn to their FA Youth Cup clash against Newcastle United at Selhurst Park on Friday night.
Palace: Webber, Ossai, Lynch, Boateng, Matthews (Onoabhagbe 55), Robertson, Aveiro (Watson 75), Demby, Daly, Hungbo, Jno-Baptiste (Malcolm 75). Subs not used: Funnell, Gurung.