Crystal Palace Under-23s earned a well-deserved victory over local rivals Charlton Athletic this afternoon at Copers Cope, beating the Addicks 4-0.
Palace dominated throughout the match, but it was in the last spell whereby they sealed the three points for their corner of south London; netting twice in the last 10 minutes.
The game got off to a quick start, as both sides launched early attacks. However it was the Eagles who drew first blood when Sullay Kaikai cut incisively inside from the left-wing to strike hard and low with his right foot into visiting 'keeper, Ashley Maynard-Brewer's, net, opening the scoring as he did.
From here, Palace were able to dominate the first-half and Kian Flanagan drove with similar purpose to Kaikai just minutes later through the visiting midfield but saw his hard-hit, high effort firmly saved by Maynard-Brewer.
Two chances in six minutes for Palace kept Charlton on the back-foot, but Kaikai couldn't double the game's account as his 20th minute shot was blocked well before the returning Oliver O'Dwyer dragged his effort inches wide.
England Under-19 international Nya Kirby then stepped up to rifle a free-kick from distance just whiskers over the visitor's bar.
It wasn't just Palace who enjoyed chances, however, and Charlton too sent efforts at goal. Their attempts were struck frustratingly wide on several occasions, though, often as the host's solid defence intercepted the series of first-half shots.
But it was the home side who ended the game's opening period on top as Tyrick Mitchell struck well at Charlton's goal only to see his effort magnificently saved.
The second-half opened with both teams more evenly poised, characterised when Alexander Sørloth's low, well-saved effort lead to a Charlton counter-attack whereby Brendan Sarpong-Wiredu scuffed the Addick's resulting effort into the arms of Joe Tupper.
Again, however, while both teams were playing well, it was Palace who found themselves celebrating when Norway international Sørloth rifled home from the edge of the area in impressive fashion.
The first-team forward linked up well with Kian Flanagan throughout the second half's opening exchanges, and the Republic of Ireland Under-19 star did well to strike a shot on target amongst a tangle of legs, but was denied a goal by Maynard-Brewer.
Charlton struggled to respond with conviction and saw a handful of soft efforts go begging. First-team player Billy Clarke perhaps came closest for the visitors as he curled a short-distance free-kick just over Palace's bar with 15 minutes of the match remaining.
Following Clarke's effort, Charlton grew with confidence but their momentum was firmly ended when Kirby slotted home a penalty in the 82nd minute following Sørloth being brought down in the box by Maynard-Brewer.
From here, the Eagles had the game wrapped up and substitute Gio McGregor finished the afternoon's scoring when he netted Palace's fourth from some distance by the edge of the box.
Palace: Tupper, Mitchell, O'Dwyer, Tavares, Flanagan (McGregor 82), Sørloth, Kirby, Williams, Kaikai, Souare, Riedewald.
Subs not used: Webber, M. Boateng, Addy, Baptiste.
Charlton: Maynard-Brewer, Yao, Mascoll, Maloney, Bowry, Blumberg, Sarpong-Wiredu (Carey 88), Morgan, Wakefield, Clarke, Zemura (Kennedy 79).
Subs not used: Osaghe, Anderson.