Despite missing eight players due to first-team commitments and injuries, a very youthful development side fell to defeat against Burnley on Tuesday afternoon.
Richard Shaw was without the majority of his regulars for the long trip to Lancashire, but his team gave a good account of themselves and nearly came away with a deserved point.
After Olatunde Bayode hit the crossbar early on, the Clarets took the lead on 24 minutes when a couple of one-twos allowed Mace Goodridge to break into the area, and he squared for Dan Agyei to tap home from close range.
Burnley started Matej Vydra who played against the Eagles in the 2013 Championship play-off final and he forced Joe Tupper into a good save, but the half’s best chance would fall to Sean Robertson when he was picked out at the far post, but instead of smashing the ball home he side-footed straight into the grateful arms of Adam Legzdins.
TQ Addy nearly netted on his development side debut but he poked wide before the break, but on 76 minutes the hosts doubled their lead when a cross was allowed to come into the box which Tunde Bayode headed in at the far post.
Palace showed plenty of fight and three minutes later they won a corner which was allowed to drop in the six-yard box, and Levi Lumeka reacted quickest to sweep it into the net and setup a grandstand finish.
There was a late chance for Francis Jno Baptiste which had he taken first-time could have snatched a dramatic point for Shaw’s team, but instead the chance went begging and the Eagles’ perfect start to the campaign came to an end.