Palace's academy side finished off the first half of their Academy Premier League season in style by convincingly seeing off Manchester City 5-2 to notch their fifth win from their last six outings and cement third spot in the table.
Palace took the lead after 15 minutes when Derek Tieku, currently on trial from Fulham, continued his fine form by latching onto a through-ball that split the City defence and slotted the ball through the goalkeeper's legs, and three minutes later Alistair Gordon was fouled in the box and Connor Dymond converted the spot-kick to double the advantage.
Dymond then grabbed his second of the game with a neat bit of skill, backheeling Jerome Williams' cross from the left into the net to put his side into a commanding position, although they went into the half-time interval only two goals ahead when Ryan Inniss inadvertently steered the ball past David Gregory when trying to cut out a City cross.
Despite the setback, Palace maintained their positive attacking play and were rewarded three minutes after the restart when Elijah Gabsi played in Javen Palmer and the striker powered an excellent strike into the bottom corner of the visitors' goal to re-establish the three goal lead.
Playing for pride, a wounded City were aiming to make the scoreline more respectable and having struck a post earlier in the half and missing a couple of gilt-edged chance, Joe Nuttall nodded in from a corner kick to reduce the deficit to 4-2.
Rather than sitting back and maintaining their lead the Eagles youngster were intent on scoring more goals, and they matched their recent wins against Liverpool and Middlesbrough by netting a fifth to seal the victory. Inniss made up for his earlier error by scoring at the right end with a towering header from a corner to give the scoreline a truer reflection of Palace's dominance.
Crystal Palace: Gregory, Gordon, Williams, Innis, Croll, Dymond, Gabsi, Grey, Tieku, Palmer, Johnson-Cole
Manchester City: O'Brien, Assaini, Oseni, Jones (Wassi 45mins), Smith-Brown, Bryan, Byrne, Horsfield, Nemane (Almeida 75), Hardy (McHale), Nuttall