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U21 Report: Palace 1-2 QPR

18 February 2014

A last minute deflected strike from Jordan Gibbons saw 10-man Palace's under-21 side succumb to a cruel 2-1 defeat to Queens Park Rangers at the KNK Stadium.

After being forced to play the whole of the second half a man short after the dismissal of Ghassimu Sow plus suffer the setback of conceding an own goal, Palace looked to have snatched a brilliant point when Conor Dymond equalised with 2o minutes to go before Gary Issott's side suffered last-minute heartache.

The visitors came close to opening the scoring in fine style just eight minutes in. A short corner caught Palace out, and Mo Shariff got to the byline before finding Peter Skapetis who dragged the ball from behind him towards goal but the reactions of David Gregory kept him at bay.

Halfway through the first 45 the young Eagles keeper had to be at his best again to keep the Hoops out. Shariff aimed for the top corner from long-range and his curling attempt looked to be destined for its intended target, but the back-peddling Gregory managed to acrobatically tip the ball over.

Palace struggled during the first-half and things were made harder when Sow was shown a red card a couple of minutes before the break. After a late challenge on Jordan Gibbons saw the Eagles midfielder booked, a minute later another poor, if honest, tackle on the same player meant Sow was shown a second yellow.

With the numerical disadvantage the visitors pushed to find the breakthrough and Gregory was  forced into a fine save from a stinging Bruno Andrade blast, but the Rs found the net on 52 minutes with the unfortunate Alistair Gordon finding himself on the scoresheet. A wicked cross from Darnell Furlong zipped across the Palace box and struck the Eagles' right-back before creeping past Gregory.

It was nearly 2-0 when Sharrif clipped the outside of the post, but the introduction of Owen Garvan helped sharpen the Eagles up and they nearly equalised when Dymond won the ball with a great sliding tackle and found Reise Allassani but the winger fired over.

Allassani was replaced by Jermaine Udumaga on 69 minutes, and two minutes later he made an instant impact. After a clever backheel by Jake Gray allowed him the chance the shoot, the substitute's effort was blocked but with Lumley stranded on the floor, Dymond tapped home the rebound to level things up.

The visitors made some attacking changes but it was Palace who nearly found the all-important third goal when Jerome Williams saw a shot hooked off the line by Furlong, but in the final minute they suffered a sucker punch. A short-corner found Gibbons who saw his speculative shot deflect off a Palace defender and beat the flat-footed Gregory to steal the victory.

Palace: Gregory, Gordon, Croll, Dymond, Taylor, Chambers, Allassani (Udumaga 69), G. Sow, Tieku (Garvan 57), Gray (Berkley-Agyepong 90), Jerome Williams. Subs not used: Fugueira, George. 

QPR: Lumley, Furlong, Monthe, Gibbons, Sendles-White, Donaldson, Shariff (Mitchell 69), Ehmer, Skapetis (Fitzpatrick 81), Ephraim (Grego-Cox 81), Andrade. Subs not used:, Smith, Cornley. 

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