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Report: Palace U21s 2-1 Bournemouth U21s

4 August 2015

Norwegian midfielder Andreas Breimyr was handed the captain's armband for Palace's under-21 side, as they took on an AFC Bournemouth side in their final pre-season friendly.

Breimyr, who has spent a lot of time with Alan Pardew's first-team this week, put in a calm display in the heart of the Eagles' midfield, having also impressed off the bench last night away at Dagenham and Redbridge with the senior side.

He showed a lot of neat touches in the early exchanges, including a clever backheel into Aaron Bissaka, who was crowded out before he could get a shot off. Bissaka was another who started brightly, despite featuring for the first-team on Monday evening.

It was Bournemouth who took the lead, hitting Palace on the break and tucking away a chance at the second attempt, following a good initial save from Kleton Perntreou.

Palace reacted positively and tried to hurt the visitors, playing some nice football and looking to release the tricky Bissaka down the left when an opportunity presented itself. The game was hotly contested, with both sides being penalised by the referee up and down the field, as both looked to impose themselves on the other.

With ten minutes to go of the first half, the Eagles were level. Keshi Anderson showed some quick feet and a nice turn of pace to beat his man in the box, before being hauled down. The referee awarded a penalty, which Breimyr dispatched with coolly.

The two sides went in level at the break, following a fairly fiery first half, in which the referee was called upon several times.

After the restart, both Palace and Bournemouth had chances to take the lead, though the Cherries went closer, narrowly missing a one-on-one opportunity. Chances to go ahead remained few and far between there after, with neither team looking the more likely to snatch the win.

It wasn't until the closing 15 minutes that the initiative was seized, as substitute Corie Andrews found himself in a good position to prod home and gift the Eagles the advantage.

Breimyr and youngster Will Hoare continued to control things from the centre of midfield, as Palace tried to shut the visitors out, recycling possession and looking for openings.

A late spell of pressure from the Cherries was not enough to get back into the game, meaning the Eagles finished their pre-season with a 2-1 home victory after a confident performance.

CPFC starting XI: Perntreou; George, Cesar, Collins, trialist; Allassani, Hoare, Breimyr, Bissaka; Anderson, Daly.

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