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U21s Report: Bristol City 2-2 Palace

10 December 2013

The red-hot Sullay Kaikai continued his rich vein of goalscoring form with a stunning brace to earn the Eagles under-21s a share of the spoils against Bristol City. 

The winger took his league tally up to five goals for the campaign but has now scored seven in his last four games including behind-closed doors friendlies to help Gary Issott's men continue their recent fine form.

Swedish striker Osman Sow was given his first taste of action for the development side this season and Darcy Blake also returned to the line-up and got a useful 90 minutes under his belt as he looks to put his injury woes behind him.

Palace were given an early warning when Wales under-21 international Wes Burns had a goal chalked off for offside, and Bobby Reid also saw a venomous blast just miss the target as the Robins started the brighter.

Sow went close with a glancing header from Kaikai’s corner but it wasn't long until the visitors took the lead. After being awarded a free-kick just outside the box, Kaikai stepped up to once again curl the ball over the wall and find the back of the net.

However City, managed by Tony Pulis' former first-team coach at Stoke City Mark O’Connor, restored parity shortly after when Reid side-footed the ball into the bottom corner past the reach of David Gregory as the sides went in at the interval level.

Once play had restarted chances fell for either side with the best falling to Connor Dymond, who was denied by an excellent one-handed save from Frank Fielding, and Jordan Wynter responded with a dipping strike which beat Gregory but not namesake Alex Wynter who was in the right place to clear off the goalline.

But a wonderful effort from Stephen McLaughlin looked to have won the game for the host. The Irishman smashed the ball towards goal on the full and it clattered in off the underside of the crossbar to seemingly secure the points.

But Kaikai had other ideas and netted his second with a sublime piece of skill three minutes from time. Picking the ball up 30 yards from goal he had the confidence to find the top corner with a superb strike and ensure the Eagles returned back to south London with the point they merited.

Bristol City: Fielding; Wilson, Carey (Batten 46), Brundle, Hall; Krans (Bishop 16), Wynter, Mafuta, Reid (Morrell 66), McLaughlin; Burns. Subs not used: Richards, Mitchell.

Palace: Gregory, Gordon, Jerome Williams, Blake, Inniss, Wynter, Udumaga (G. Sow 85), Dymond, O. Sow (Tieku 46), Kaikai, De Silva. Subs not used: Fitzsimons, Chambers, Sekajja.

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