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Academy Report: Colchester United 2-7 Palace

24 November 2014


Palace's academy side netted seven goals for the second time this season as they smashed Colchester United to clinch their second successive league victory.

Michael Phillips continued his fine goalscoring form with a hat-trick, and Corie Andrews also bagged a brace in a game that saw the Eagles five goals ahead at half-time.

In wet conditions, the floodgates opened after just 11 minutes. After counter-attacking from a Us corner, Andrews put a defender under pressure and latched onto a hurried backpass to round the goalkeeper and open the scoring.

The red-hot Phillips then missed a sitter from an Andrews cross, but full of confidence he rattled in an incredible eight minute hat-trick to all but end the game as a contest after just half an hour. After side-footing home an Andre Coker cutback, he then saw a 20-yard bobbler slide past the hapless home goalkeeper, and finished his treble in style when he volleyed home a Ryan King-Elliott ball from eight yards out to extend his scoring run to nine in his last six outings.

To rub salt into the wound Andrews added his second just before half-time when Jacob Berkley-Agyepong and Aaron Bissaka linked up on the flank and the striker scored with a neat finish to move onto six goals for the campaign, and make the scoreline 5-0 at the interval against a shell-shocked Colchester side.

Seconds after the restart Will Hoare nearly continued the onslaught but his half-volley was well saved, but understandably easing off with the victory assured, Palace then conceded two goals in quick succession as the hosts' goal enjoyed some respite.

However Ken Gillard's side hadn't settle for five and Hoare did get on the scoresheet on 69 minutes when he controlled the ball on his thigh and lashed it home from the edge of the box, and in the final minute Coker rounded off the scoring with a fine solo effort, beating three players after cutting in from the left flank and finding the bottom corner to wrap up a fantastic afternoon's work for the under-18s.

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