Palace’s under-21 side moved back into the top two in the Professional Development League 2 with an emphatic victory against play-off rivals Cardiff City thanks to a brace from Kyle De Silva and strikes from Kwesi Appiah and Jake Gray.
The hosts took the game to their Welsh opponents early on and just three minutes had elapsed before they opened the scoring. Reise Allassani curled a corner towards the front post and De Silva easily beat goalkeeper Ben Wilson to the ball, finding the net with a deft header which clipped the crossbar on its way in.
The Eagles nearly went two goals ahead when Appiah sped towards goal and aimed for the bottom corner but Wilson produced an excellent stop to deny him, before the Ghanaian international later missed a gilt-edge chance from a couple of yards out.
But on the half hour mark he did get on the scoresheet when Owen Garvan intercepted a loose pass and played in the attacker who had time and space to score, and a minute later it was 3-0 when Allassani drilled the ball across the box to pick out Gray at the back post who managed to find a way past a couple of defenders on the line.
Palace’s dominance continued when Appiah struck the crossbar with a header from a Hiram Boateng corner, and two minutes after the break it was four when the attacker was pushed over in the box and De Silva converted from 12 yards to register his eighth of the season.
With the result in the bag it was understandable that Palace eased off a little but that meant Wayne Hennessey began to be called into action. The Welshman made his first save of the game after an hour when he got down low to push away a Tyler Roche effort before denying Aboi Noor with his legs, and then deflecting away a low Tom James free-kick.
Despite being on the back foot for a while, Gary Issott’s side were still hungry for more and Connor Dymond was next to hit the upright with a diving header from a Boateng corner but they were more than worth their four goal victory which lifts them above the Bluebirds into second spot in the table.
Palace: Hennessey, Ndiane, Magri, Croll, Dymond, Gray (Adarabioyo 61), Boateng, Garvan (Sow 46), Allassani, Appiah (Anderson 61), De Silva. Subs not used: Sow, Black, Ferrier.
Cardiff City: Wilson, Barnum-Bobb, Amondarain (Rees 46), C. Watkins, James, O’Sullivan, B. Watkins, Roche, Hill (Bell 60), Noor. Subs not used: Balde, Bell, Southam, Horton.