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14 December 2018 Venue The Alan Higgs Centre Attendance

Kick off 13:00 (UK)

Coventry City U23
6 - 3
FT
Crystal Palace U23

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Match Reports

U23s Report: Coventry City 6-3 Crystal Palace

14 December 2018

Crystal Palace Under-23s lost away to Coventry City in a tough match after a fightback failed to materialise for the Eagles despite being afforded several chances.

Richard Shaw's side were set a daunting challenge after just two minutes when Dexter Walters worked down City's left-wing to then cross to Jack Burroughs who buried the ball into Oliver Webber's net.

The challenge was increased significantly when, just four minutes later, Coventry were awarded a penalty before Zain Westbrooke wrong-footed Webber to double the Sky Blues' lead within just six minutes.

Things got worse for the Eagles when Westbrooke got his second of the day with an exceptional strike from distance to make the game's scoreline read 3-0 after 12 minutes of play.

Palace weren't to be defeated by their slow start, however, and pulled a goal back via Nya Kirby, who drilled a shot low and hard into City's net. The Eagles then maintained pressure on the home side in an attempt to bring themselves back into the match and Kirby came close when he curled an effort over the bar from a free-kick 25 minutes in.

In spite of this, Palace's efforts were nullified when City nabbed their fourth of the afternoon after Walters struck an effort off defender Sam Woods and into the visitor's net. First-team midfielder Jonathan Williams then sought to double Palace's account but the Coventry 'keeper saved his attempt from just inside the box. 

Webber then made two smart saves as the first-half drew to a close from both David Bremang and Jonny Ngandu but Palace still went into half-time firmly trailing.

They started to rectify for their opening performance when Kian Flanagan cut the ball back across goal for Joseph Hungbo to head home, offering Palace a chance at redemption. Gio McGregor nearly then tripled their goal tally when his curling effort crept just inches past the home side's post before Francis Jno Baptiste was denied well by the City 'keeper to keep the score as it was.

A third golden opportunity was then presented to Palace as they were awarded a penalty on the hour mark, but Kirby was denied by a trialist between the posts, who did well to guess the right way and intercept the goal-bound strike. 

Palace were left to rue their missed chances when Jak Hickman netted Coventry's fifth, seemingly bringing an end to any hopes of an away side fightback after he struck well into the Eagles' net. 

Shaw's side did eventually find their third of the afternoon via Levi Lumeka but it was to be cancelled out when City's Bremang converted the day's third penalty with barely five minutes of the match remaining.

The referee's full-time whistle indicated that there would be no time left for a resolute Palace comeback and the Eagles were left disappointed following a game that could have finished very differently. 

Palace: Webber, Boateng, Mitchell, Kirby, Tavares, Woods, Williams, Flanagan, Baptiste, McGregor, Lumeka.

Subs: Dreher, Henry, Hungbo, Robertson, Street.

Coventry: Un-named Trialist, Hickman, Williams, Thompson, McCallum, Eccles, Westbrooke, Burroughs, Ngandu, Walters, Bremang.

Subs: Green, Bosma, Camwell, Stedman.

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