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19 January 2018 Venue Selhurst Park Attendance

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Crystal Palace U18
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Newcastle United U18

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Match Previews

FA Youth Cup Preview: Crystal Palace v Newcastle United

19 January 2018

Palace’s under-18s play only their second FA Youth Cup home tie in five seasons against Newcastle United this evening.

Paddy McCarthy’s team have enjoyed a fantastic season so far and sit eight points clear of second-placed Millwall at the top of the U18s Professional Development League, and will be looking forward to showing the Eagles fans what they’re all about on the hallowed turf of Selhurst Park in a 7pm kick-off.

The Eagles will be hoping to reach the fifth round of the competition for the first time since 2010, with the victors of the tie in south London facing a trip to Norwich City in the next round.

How they got here

Palace snuck into the fourth round by edging past Mansfield Town on penalties after the sides had played out a 2-2 draw. Joseph Hungbo opened the scoring for the Eagles before they were pegged back to force extra-time, and despite once again taking the lead through Tariq Ossai, a second equaliser for the Stags set up a shootout, which Palace won 6-5 and Tariq Mitchell scoring the crucial spot-kick.

Newcastle had a much easier passage to this stage despite facing a long trek down to Brighton and Hove Albion, but they smashed the Seagulls by a 5-0 scoreline at the Amex Stadium with Kelland Watts grabbing the only goal of the first half. After the restart he would complete his hat-trick via two penalties, with Lewis Cass and Kurtis Russell adding the others.

Season so far

McCarthy’s team exploded out of the traps in the league, remaining unbeaten in their first eight games and bouncing back from their first defeat by recording five straight wins to see them surge ahead of their rivals. Due to a postponed game against Millwall, they have only played once since Christmas which came last Saturday against ex-Magpie Craig Bellamy’s Cardiff City, but Palace suffered a 1-0 defeat in south Wales - only their third loss of the campaign.

Newcastle have enjoyed differing fortunes this season having failed to win any of their 11 U18 Premier League North fixtures before the new year, with their Youth Cup triumph over Brighton being one of only two wins in cup competitions. However, they recorded a shock 5-2 thrashing of Manchester City in a second v bottom clash last weekend to climb off the foot of the table, and register a first league win since April.

View from the opposition

Dave Watson: "Since the Brighton game, our focus has been on the league but in the back of everyone's heads is the FA Youth Cup, especially with the draw as it'll be great for the lads to play at a big ground.

"Palace are going very well at the top of the league and they have some fantastic attacking players but we'll do our homework on them, as they'll do on us, and on the night we'll see who is the better team.

"If we totally give Crystal Palace our focus and we're well-organised, we've got a good chance. We just need everyone to carry out their roles on the pitch, so if everyone does that then win or lose, we hold our hands up."

Watch Out For

Joseph Hungbo is the under-18s’ top scorer this season, having netted 10 goals in his 17 appearances to date including one against Mansfield in the last round. Fellow attackers Francis Jno Baptiste and Brandon Oddy both have eight to their name, while Under-20 World Cup winner Nya Kirby dropped down from the development squad to feature in the Mansfield tie.

Danish under-17 international Elias Sorensen tops the scoring charts for the Toon this term with seven strikes from nine league outings, while Thomas Allan has chipped in with another five in all competitions.

Youth Cup history

Palace have won the competition on two occasions, which came in 1977 when they beat Everton 1-0 thanks to a Terry Fenwick strike. The same player would also score the only goal of the game 12 months later when an Eagles team including Peter Nicholas, Billy Gilbert and Ian Walsh beat Aston Villa 1-0 at Highbury to retain the trophy - read more.

The Eagles have appeared in two finals during the 1990s, losing to Manchester United’s famed Class of 92 including David Beckham, Ryan Giggs, Gary Neville and Nicky Butt 6-3 on aggregate, and then five years later a strong Leeds United team with Harry Kewell, Paul Robinson, Jonathan Woodgate and Alan Smith beat Palace 3-1 on aggregate.

Newcastle have also lifted the trophy on two occasions – the first coming in 1962 when they beat Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-1with club legend Bobby Moncur in their ranks, and then in 1985 a Paul Gascoigne-inspired side thrashed Watford 4-1 in the second leg after a goalless draw.  


Tickets are available to purchase in advance in blocks G & H of the Main Stand, and are priced at £10 for adults and £1 for under-18s. 

They can be purchased from the main Box Office situated within the Club Store. 

Tickets can be booked online without the need for a membership, at the Selhurst Park box office or by calling 08712 000 071.

Matchday Information

The Fanzone will be open at 5.30pm with the Palace for Life Foundation running a series of fun events for supporters, as well as interviews on stage with a Palace Academy player and staff.

Turnstiles open at 5.30pm.

Should the game finish level after 90 minutes, extra-time and penalties will be used to ensure a winner on the night.

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Match Reports

U18s Report: Crystal Palace 2-3 Newcastle United (AET)

19 January 2018

Palace came minutes away from reaching the fifth round of the FA Youth Cup for the first time since 2010, however Newcastle United came back to end the Eagles’ interest in the competition via extra-time.

Paddy McCarthy’s under-18s took the lead at Selhurst Park through Nya Kirby but they were pegged back before half-time when Adam Wilson netted, however Tariq Ossai’s drive five minutes from the end looked set to send Palace through before Oisin McEntee equalised in second half stoppage-time.

The Magpies were then handed a spot-kick of their own in the first period of the additional 30 minutes which Kelland Watts converted, which would ultimately knock Palace out of the competition.

It took just 12 minutes for the 1,774 in attendance to have something to cheer when the home side were awarded a penalty. Brandon Aveiro played in Joseph Hungbo inside the box and Lewis Cass slid in to challenge the Eagles’ top scorer who had checked back, and that resulted in the prone Magpies defender handling inside the area, allowing Kirby to calmly slip the kick past Dan Langley.

But as the opening 45 minutes progressed, the visitors grew into the game with Watts and Wilson firing goalwards but not troubling Oliver Webber between the Palace posts, and indeed the hosts could have found themselves further ahead when Ehizojioe Onoabhagbe narrowly headed over a Kirby free-kick on 35 minutes.

However, within 60 seconds the Magpies had raced down the other end and grabbed an equaliser. Left winger Wilson received the ball from Watts 30 yards from goal and wriggled away from Onoabhagbe, allowing him space to ram a swerving strike into the bottom corner of Webber’s net to tie things up.

Soon after the Palace shot-stopper had to be alert when Elias Sorensen bent a low free-kick around the wall but Webber got down well to palm it away, but the final major action of an even first half saw Kyle Lynch nip in ahead of Olly Walters on the byline and tee up James Daly for a certain tap-in, however Isaac Gambin was in the right place to block on his goalline.

The second half saw fewer major sights of goal until an action-packed finale, although Allan did put the ball in the net on 74 minutes but was correctly flagged offside, however with five minutes to go, McCarthy’s table-toppers edged back in front.

Tyrick Mitchell got down the left and found Hungbo who swung a dangerous cross towards the back post, which Walters could only head it into the path of Ossai who lashed a fierce drive past Langley to score in the second successive round.

That seen certain to set up a trip to Norwich City in round five, but in the dying seconds of normal time the Magpies won a corner when Deese Kasinga saw a shot blocked by Onoabhagbe, and Matty Longstaff’s delivery resulted in a goalmouth scramble which McEntee ended by hooking the ball home to force extra-time.

The threat of penalties quickly loomed large, but United would have the settle matters from 12 yards before the need for a shootout on 98 minutes when a lung-busting run by Kasinga saw him brought down by Lynch, handing Watts the chance to put the visitors in front for the first time which he duly did by sending Webber the wrong way.

Palace were beginning to tire and Wilson would force Webber into a decent save at his near post just before the end of the first period, and once the sides have switched around Sorensen was fractions away from sealing the win when he saw a 25-yard grasscutter edge past the post.

There was one glimmer of hope for McCarthy’s boys when they won a free-kick on the edge of the area but Kirby sent it into side-netting, ensuring their attentions this campaign are now solely on lifting the U18 Professional Development League title.

Palace: Webber, Ossai (Russell 90), Onoabhagbe, Lynch, Mitchell, Demby (Boateng 65), Robertson, Kirby, Daly, Aveiro (Malcolm 79), Hungbo. Subs not used: Funnell, Jno-Baptiste.

Newcastle: Langley, Cass, McEntee, Gambin, Walters, Longstaff, Watts, Kasinga (Aplin 105), Wilson, Sorensen (Young 112), Allen (Goodridge 96). Subs not used: Brown, Robson.

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Ticket News

Support Palace In The FA Youth Cup v Newcastle Tonight At Selhurst Park

15 January 2018

Tickets for Palace's FA Youth Cup 4th Round match against Newcastle United are now on general sale.

This fixture will be played at Selhurst Park tonight, kick-off 7pm.

Tickets are available to purchase in advance in blocks G & H of the Main Stand, and are priced at £10 for adults and £1 for under 18s. 

They can be purchased from the main Box Office situated within the Club Store. 

Tickets can be booked online without the need for a Membership, at the Selhurst Park Box Office, or by calling 08712 000 071.

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