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03 April 2021 Venue Crystal Palace Academy Attendance

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Crystal Palace U18
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Southampton U18

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Preview: U18s look to keep heat on leaders in close title race

1 April 2021

Crystal Palace Under-18s will look to keep the heat on Fulham at the top of the U18s Premier League South as they take on Southampton on Saturday, 3rd April (11:00 BST).

After a David Omilabu brace saw the Eagles complete an impressive league double over Chelsea last time out, Paddy McCarthy’s side will hope to stretch their unbeaten run to five games – and you can follow all the action LIVE on YouTube.

Palace have lost just one of their last nine, and it’s the kind of form they will need to reproduce should their title charge come to fruition. Fulham currently sit three points clear at the top, albeit having played a game more, with a superior goal difference – but with tough fixtures against Arsenal and Chelsea to come.

Palace will hope to capitalise on any slip up by beating a struggling Southampton side. The Saints sit bottom with just one victory in the league all season, against Leicester City. Having scored just twice in their last six games, they will have to end their poor run of form in front of goal to trouble a Palace side with one of the better defensive records in the division.


Watch Crystal Palace Under-18s take on Southampton LIVE on YouTube

1 April 2021

The last time the two met there was no shortage of drama, with David Omilabu firing Palace into the lead from the penalty spot before Southampton equalised. But in the third minute of injury time, Palace broke forwards and fed the ball across to Omilabu to tap home, sparking huge celebrations and getting the Eagles’ season off to a successful start.

Omilabu will likely be their dangerman once again, having scored three times in two games since his return to the side, accompanied by Victor Akinwale, whose record of being ever-present for the U18s this season has earned him call-ups to the Under-23s side.

As they enter the business end of the season, Palace will be aware of the rewards that come with title success: not only the prospect of conquering the division in their first season as a Category 1 Academy, but the opportunity for European football next season.

Make sure you follow how the boys get on by watching LIVE on YouTube.

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Match Reports

Report: Under-18s keep title charge on track with Southampton win

3 April 2021

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Crystal Palace Under-18s drew level with Fulham at the top of the U18s Premier League South with a comfortable 4-0 victory over a struggling Southampton side.


  • Jack Wells-Morrison heads against the post early.
  • Whitworth makes great save at opposite end to keep the scores level.
  • Maliq Cadogan strikes well with his left foot to open the scoring.
  • HT: Crystal Palace 1-0 Southampton
  • Half-time substitute Kevin Gonzalez scores a well worked goal to double Palace’s lead.
  • Kaden Rodney makes it three just moments later.
  • Cadogan puts finishing touches on good display with a fourth goal late on.
  • FT: Crystal Palace 4-0 Southampton

The U18’s side started today’s game against bottom of the table Southampton looking to continue a four game unbeaten run, in the knowledge that three points would draw them level with table topping Fulham.

The away side started at a frenetic pace, trying to press high and force mistakes from Palace defenders, but Joe Whitworth in goal illustrated his excellent passing range to beat the press.

In the ninth minute, Maliq Cadogan weaved his way into the box after a nice exchange with Dylan Thistleton and looked to be tripped by a Southampton player, but the referee didn’t point to the spot.

After another half-hearted penalty appeal the ball was lofted across the area to Jack Wells-Morrison, who headed against the right post from the six-yard box. It was a decent chance, with the skilful number 10 becoming more involved in the game.

The visitors looked to take the lead from a fast counter attack, with Jayden Smith venturing down the right side and cutting the ball back to Kazeem Olaigbe. Pushing the ball past Dan Quick, he fizzed a shot towards the bottom corner which Joe Whitworth saved expertly down to his right, a warning sign for the Eagles despite the Saints’ league position.

The following 10 minutes saw McCarthy’s team begin to stamp their authority and press higher. The next significant chance fell to Wells-Morrison again, as Tayo Adaramola whipped in an inviting cross to the back post which Victor Akinwale headed back across goal. Wells-Morrison followed it in and was agonisingly close but couldn’t quite get his studs to the ball.

Just before half-time, the south Londoners’ high press paid off as they caught Southampton trying to play out from the back. Tayo Adaramola and David Omilabu won the ball back and Kaden Rodney played a good ball into Cadogan. Cadogan glided past his marker, shifting it onto his left foot and firing into the bottom corner to give Palace the lead.

The visitors had battled well up until that point, but looked disheartened not to be level at the break and McCarthy and his coaching staff would have been the happier in the dugout.

Both sides looked to start the second half on the front foot and the visitors threatened with a couple of set-pieces which came to nothing. Southampton’s right back Otseh-Taiwo put in a lovely cross which Romeno Mitchell tried to attack, but Thistleton did enough to put him off before Dan Quick could clear.

Soon, Palace began to turn the screw. David Omilabu found space down the left, and played a well-timed pass to the overlapping Adaramola. The left-back cut the ball back to Gonzalez, who calmly slotted into the right corner to make it 2-0.

It was a very well worked goal from McCarthy’s side, and as the Saints kicked off again they looked hungry to finish the game. Winning the ball back instantly, Gonzalez played the ball down the right for Akinwale, whose shot was saved well by Ollie Wright – but the ball came out to Kaden Rodney who half volleyed nicely into the bottom left corner to make it 3-0 and seal the three points.

As the clock ticked down, they put the game beyond any doubt. A set-piece sent in by Omilabu was met by an athletic leap from Dan Quick, who headed towards goal; Cadogan took control and smashed past Wright from three yards.

Southampton battled well for large stretches of the game but Palace’s confidence and high press combined with their pace up front, which was ultimately too much for the side rooted to the bottom.

Palace: Whitworth, Thiselton, Adaramola, Steele (c), Sheridan, Quick, Omilabu, Rodney, Akinwale (Ozoh, 84) Wells-Morrison (Gonzalez, 45) Cadogan

Subs not used: Ling, Goodman, Ola Adebomi

Southampton: Wright, Otseh-Taiwo, Rodriguez, Finnigan (Squires, 57) Tizzard, Pambou (Carson, 45) Smith, Payne, Bellis, Olaigbe, Mitchell

Subs not used: Rosi-Lane, Beach, Pearce.

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