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Report: Sutton United 0-2 Palace XI

15 July 2015

A Palace XI picked up a 2-0 win at Sutton United on a night where the Eagles helped the National League South side open their new 3G pitch.

Alan Pardew was on hand to cut the ribbon and officially unveil the new surface, which Palace coped with well on route to a good victory for a side made up of a number of players from the development squad as well as some trialists that Gary Issott was casting his eye over.

However they didn't have it all their own way as the hosts put them under plenty of early pressure, coming closest when Michael Spillane hit the post with a header, but on 29 minutes Palace took the lead when a Hiram Boateng corner was steered in by a combination of Luke Croll and an opposition defender, which looked more like an own goal.

Further chances were squandered by the U's with Spillane again going close, but they did find the net in bizarre fashion when a ball was played back to David Gregory from the halfway line after a free-kick was awarded to the Eagles and ended up looping into the goal, but the officials  disallowed it.

Eight minutes into the second half Palace won a penalty when trialist Jason Eyenga-Lokilo was brought down inside the area and after Keshi Anderson saw his spot-kick saved, the striker was on hand to tuck home the rebound and seal the victory.

Palace: Gregory, Pike, Binnom-Williams, Collins, Croll, Boateng, Bissaka, Breimyr, Allassani, Anderson, Gray. Subs: Pain, Phillips, Andrews, O'Dwyer, King-Elliot, Connor, Hoare, Eyenga-Lokilo, Berkley-Agyepong, McKenzie, Scales.

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