Palace recorded a goalless draw at Watford in their latest U18s Professional Development League 2 game, but were unlucky not to take all three points in a game that saw them create plenty of opportunities but lack a little luck.
Playing with only three second year scholars in the side, the young Eagles side had to contain some early threats from the hosts but they contained the Hornets before getting a foothold in the game.
Before the first half an hour of the game they would see two corners cleared off the line. Firstly Kian Flanagan knocked one over for Luke Dreyer whose header was blocked, and then the former nearly got lucky with a second that bent towards the far post and the back-peddling Watford keeper did well to tip the ball back over his bar.
Ken Gillard suffered a blow when Michael Phillips was forced off during the first half with a knee injury, but after the break Palace continued to look dangerous and they would hit the post twice in the space of 10 seconds. Levi Lumeka connected with a cutback that crashed off the crossbar, and after the ball fell to Callum Sturgess the full-back saw his shot come back off the post.
Emmanuel Yeboah came on with 15 minutes to play to make his under-18s debut, but despite not being able to find that elusive goal another fine backline performance from the Eagles continued their good record of just one goal conceded from their opening three games.
Palace: Pain, Wynter, Sturgess, Dreher, Jones, Woods, Andrews (Coker 58), Phillips (Hogan 38), Fundi, Flanagan (Yeboah 75), Lumeka. Subs not used: McAdden, Hosannah.