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17 April 2021 Venue Crystal Palace Academy Attendance

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Preview: Under-18s can go top with victory over Aston Villa

12 April 2021

Crystal Palace Under-18s welcome Aston Villa to south London on Saturday, 17th March (12:30 BST) as they aim to leapfrog Fulham at the top of the U18s Premier League South.

Paddy McCarthy’s side have been in imperious form at home, winning their last three matches on the trot and scoring 11 goals in the process. After completing a league double over Chelsea and comfortably beating Southampton, a David Omilabu hattrick fired them to victory over West Ham United last time out.

It means Palace have lost just one of their last 11 games as their title charge gathers momentum, and a fourth win in a row this weekend would see them go three points clear at the top.


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12 April 2021

Last time the two sides met Aston Villa came out on top, a result that made it seven wins out of nine and saw them establish themselves as title contenders. Since then however, they have won just two of their last nine in the league and now sit 12 points off top spot, albeit with two games in hand.

While their league form has suffered – they conceded seven at home to Chelsea last time out – their FA Youth Cup run shows their undeniable collective ability. After victories over Reading and Brighton & Hove Albion, they put nine past Burton Albion at Villa Park on Wednesday evening to set up a quarter-final with Newcastle United.

A win for Palace would be a huge boost to their title hopes, as they look to complete a remarkable first season as a Category 1 Academy. The winner of the U18s Premier League South will face their counterparts in the U18s Premier League North, with the winner not only being crowned champions, but qualifying for European football next season.

Remember, you can follow all the action LIVE on the club’s official YouTube channel by clicking here.

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Report: Confident U18s go top with victory over Villa

17 April 2021

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Two goals from David Omilabu fired Palace Under-18s to a comfortable win over Aston Villa, and saw them go three points clear at the top of the U18s Premier League South.


  • The Eagles kicked off knowing a win would send them top of the table
  • David Omilabu fires home a penalty in 2nd minute
  • Jesurun Rak-Sakyi’s shot falls to Omilabu for tap in and 2-0 lead
  • Aston Villa score sloppy goal before half time
  • Half-time: Palace 2-1 Aston Villa
  • Joe Whitworth saves well to deny early second-half minute equaliser
  • Jack Wells-Morrison scores back post header for 3-1 after half time
  • Full-time: Palace 3-1 Aston Villa

In a sunny south London, the high-flying U18’s started the game at a frenetic pace.

From the kick-off McCarthy’s side pressed excellently and were winning the second balls, playing with great aggression. The high press was not allowing Aston Villa a moment’s rest on the ball and in the second minute their impressive energy won them a penalty.

Jack Wells-Morrison flicked a ball into the left channel which Tayo Adaramola looked to latch on to. The pacey full-back took a heavy touch, inviting Villa’s captain Paul Appiah to stick a leg out and he foul him right on the line – the referee pointed to the spot. The Villa players complained that the foul was outside the box, but the penalty was given and the in-form David Omilabu made no mistake, smashing it down the middle as the keeper dived to his right.

In the 15th minute Omilabu turned creator, as he weaved his way expertly down the left wing, past a couple of Villa defenders, to stand up a lovely cross for Jesuran Rak-Sakyi, but he could only head straight at the keeper. The frightening energy and pace of Palace’s attacking quartet was really troubling the Aston Villa defence, and a second goal looked imminent.

After a period of sustained possession from the south Londoners, Omilabu did score his second. Some incisive passing saw Wells-Morrison cut the ball back to Rak-Sakyi, and the tricky winger faked fired across the face of goal; Omilabu intelligently followed it in and was able to tap home.

Aston Villa looked to respond after a very lethargic start, and in the 32nd minute they got a goal back, as Palace failed to clear on a couple of occasions and Goodridge managed to stab the ball home. It was a disappointing goal to concede after what was a fantastic first-half for the home side.

Just before the break Victor Akinwale almost made it 3-1, hitting the bar following a mis-control from Oliwier Zych who was well out of his goal.

McCarthy’s side continued to look dangerous after the break, with the blistering pace of Omilabu, Adaramola, Rak-Sakyi and Akinwale all causing issues for the Villa backline.

In the 54th minute the Eagles made it 3-1 through a Jack Wells-Morrison header. Omilabu played a well-timed pass into the stride of an overlapping Adaramola, who floated a cross to the back post that eluded the goalkeeper, which allowed Wells-Morrison to head into the bottom corner.

With 20 minutes to go, Omilabu nearly got his what would have been a second hat-trick in two games. Aidan Steele won the ball back and quickly set Palace on the counter-attack; with Omilabu on his favoured left side, he placed it just past the left post.

Villa’s last real chance to get anything from the game came from a free-kick, as Arjan Raikhy struck the underside of the bar from just outside the penalty area, and Whitworth caught a follow-up header. 

Palace: Whitworth (GK), Thiselton, Adaramola, Steele (c), Sheridan, Quick, Omilabu (Cadogan, 80), Rodney, Akinwale (Ola-Adebomi, 92), Wells-Morrison, Rak-Sakyi.

Subs not used: Goodman (GK), Ling, Gonzalez.

Aston Villa: Zych (GK), Jay-Hart, Revan, Appiah (c), Swinkels, Sylla (Bogarde, 60), Goodridge (Reddin, 82), O’Reilly, Young, Raikhy (McBride, 82), Sewell.

Subs not used: Marschall (GK), O’Reilly.

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