Palace’s academy side saw their seven match winning streak in the Under-18 Professional Development League 2 come to an end in bizarre fashion as they were beaten 3-0 by Queens Park Rangers in a lop-sided affair - in the Eagles’ favour.
Ken Gillard’s boys created an incredible 42 opportunities during the 90 minutes but couldn’t find a way past R’s keeper Luke Southwood, and the hosts profited on a mixture of the keeper’s heroics and some poor finishing to score with their only three opportunities of the contest.
The tone for the afternoon was set after 20 minutes when Andre Coker was bundled over in the area but leading scorer Michael Phillips saw a weak penalty saved before the chances started to pile up. Corie Andrews missed a header from inside the six yard box before seeing an effort fizz across the face of goal from a similar distance, before Coker was picked out at the back post but headed straight at Southwood.
However on 28 minutes Rangers won a throw-in that allowed them a crossing opportunity, and a tame punch by Bradley Comins fell to the feet of Michael Klass who volleyed the ball into the unguarded net to open the scoring, and incredibly just before the break the Hoops found themselves 2-0 ahead when another cross into the box found an unmarked Brandon Adams who headed the ball into the bottom corner.
Despite trailing by two goals, it seemed that if Palace continued in the same vein the goals would arrive, but despite good attitude and desire from the Eagles it just wasn’t to be their day. Coker managed to round Southwood but missed the target from an acute angle, and then after skipping past the shot-stopper again he saw another chance headed off the goalline.
As Palace piled forward aiming to break the Rangers resistance, the hosts grabbed their third when Andreas Komodikis was allowed to dribble across the area and saw a bobbling effort find the net with 15 minutes to go.
With the sheer amount of attempts the visitors were creating it still wasn’t game over but Andrews screwed a shot wide of the mark at the back post, Will Hoare shot straight at Southwood and Oliver Bennett missed a one-on-one as Rangers somehow managed to keep their sheet clean.