Connor Dymond grabbed the only goal of the game as Palace’s development side extended their unbeaten run to three games by beating Ipswich Town 1-0 at Tooting and Mitcham FC.
The central midfielder started the game at right back but popped up with a header from a corner early into the encounter to hand his side a vital win as they push for a play-off place at the end of the season.
Dymond’s goal was the breakthrough a quiet game needed after a scrappy opening 13 minutes. Glenn Murray won a corner which was swung in by Hiram Boateng, and Dymond was at the back post to find the bottom corner with a header and hand his side the advantage.
Palace enjoyed the majority of chances throughout the game and Reise Allassani shot straight down the throat of Michael Crowe after being laid off by Murray. Indeed it took half an hour for Ipswich to register their first attempt but right-back Kyle Hammond’s low 30-yarder was well wide.
That failed to trouble Chris Kettings in the Eagles goal but he was soon called into action when Cameron Stewart burst through and saw a shot clip off Paddy McCarthy and loop goalwards, but the Scottish keeper did well to back-peddle and tip the ball over.
However the half belonged to Palace and they had two further chances to extend their lead. Murray had a goal rightfully disallowed when he lobbed Crowe but pushed over Matt Clarke in the process, and Palace nearly struck again from a corner when Jake Gray’s delivery was met by McCarthy but Crowe pulled off a great reaction stop to keep the ball out.
The one-way traffic continued at the start of the second half, and Murray forced Crowe to save with his legs before Dymond forced the keeper to tip the ball over from the resulting corner, and then Kyle De Silva volleyed inches wide after being brilliantly picked out by Gray.
The winger then saw a skidding effort from the edge of the area stopped after a mazy dribble by Anderson, and Crowe pulled off another stunning stop when some head tennis in the box led to a chance for De Silva a couple of yards out but he was denied by the in-form keeper, but the only time he was beaten proved to be enough for the Eagles.
Palace: Kettings, Dymond, McCarthy, Croll, Mariappa, Gray, Boateng, Black (N’Diane 46), Allassani (Anderson 54), Murray (Adarabioyo 85), de Silva. Subs not used: Gregory Magri.
Ipswich Town: Crowe, Hammond, Wyatt, Guldbrandsen, Robinson, Clarke, Connolly (Blanchfield 75), Benyu, McQueen, Stewart, Fanoyo (Emmanuel 82). Subs not used: Hayes, Smith, Ramadam.