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U21s Report: Crystal Palace 3-1 Brentford

28 October 2014


Palace's under-21 side moved into second position in the Professional Development League 2 table after a comfortable victory against rock-bottom Brentford at Selhurst Park.

First half goals from Kyle de Silva and Sullay Kaikai gave Gary Issott's men a healthy half-time lead but after being pegged back early in the second half Adlene Guedioura added a fine third goal to make the victory safe.

The hosts controlled the game during the first 45 minutes and just four had elapsed when Mandela Egbo forced Jack Bonham to fumble a shot away after embarking on a fine run down the right, and a minute later Kaikai did the same from a similar position but saw his effort flash wide of the target.

But after 20 minutes they did find the net when de Silva linked up with Jake Gray in the final third who found Egbo on the flank. The full-back delivered a low cross into the area where de Silva was waiting to casually prod the ball past Bonham and open his account for the season.

The Eagles were finding a lot of joy down the Bees' right and Egbo went close again with a piledriver from 30 yards after they probed that channel again, and later Kaikai forced Bonham get down low to push away a low strike.

But seven minute before half-time Kaikai did get his name on the scoresheet when he once again dispatched a superb free-kick from 20 yards that fizzed over the wall and into the net.

Chris Kettings was untroubled during the first half but was quickly called into action after the restart when he did well to save Montell Moore's skidding shot, but he was helpless to prevent the Bees from pulling a goal back on 52 minutes when Louis Hutton's swerving shot flew into the net from fully 30 yards.

Kaikai had a great chance to restore the two goal cushion when Jake Gray's cross found the winger unmarked at the back post but he blazed his half-volley well wide and Fisayo Adarabioyo nearly made an instant impact as the substitute tested Bonham after turning inside.

Having been in complete control Palace were suddenly looking rather shaky and Alberto Betinho nearly capitalised on that when he smashed a venomous shot narrowly over Kettings' crossbar, but 14 minutes from time the Eagles wrapped up the win.

Some intricate passing between Gray and Hiram Boateng on the edge of the box couldn't break through the Bees defence but when the ball was laid off to Guedioura the Algerian swept home a beautiful curling shot from 20 yards that nestled into the corner of the net to put the result beyond doubt.

Palace: Kettings, Egbo, Fryers, Boateng, Magri, Croll, De Silva (Dymond 72), Guedioura, Gayle (Adarabioyo 60), Gray (Allassani 78), Kaikai. Subs not used: Pain, Black.

Brentford: Bonham, Yennaris, Green, Hutton, Calvert, O'Shaunghy, Calvert, Saunders (Miller-Rodney 46), Moore, Proschwitz, Betinho (Senoir 72, Udumaga. Subs not used: Smith, Morris, Slane. 

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