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Academy Report: Brentford 1-1 Crystal Palace

21 November 2015

A second half penalty for Brentford denied Palace victory in west London, but the point keeps them in the hunt for a play-off spot in the U18s Professional Development League 2.

The Eagles had taken the lead when Andre Coker netted his third goal of the season but Ken Gillard’s outfit were to be pegged back when Josh Bohui converted from 12 yards with 20 minutes to play.

It was third versus fourth at Jersey Road but the opening exchanges belonged to the side immediately behind Palace in the table. Tony Guppy went close after eight minutes when he connected with Bohui’s low cross before Ian Poveda had a go from range but couldn’t trouble Oliver Pain.

It was his delivery from a free-kick minutes later though that caused the Eagles problems and they breathed a sigh of relief when Zach Birse’s header smacked the base of the post, and the Aussie keeper also had to deal with a powerful blast from Juan Pablo Gonzalez Velasco.

Blustery conditions once again made things difficult for the travelling Eagles who have played successive games amidst poor weather, however despite being up against it for the majority of the half they found a way through just before half-time when Coker stripped the ball from a defender who was dallying 
in possession and stroked it past the goalkeeper.

The Bees continued to cause problems when play resumed and created a great chance to level up proceedings when Bohui pushed forward and squared for Poveda, but his shot was well palmed away at close range by Pain.

However on 70 minutes Palace finally cracked when Poveda burst into the box and was tripped by Callum Sturgess and the referee pointed to the spot. Bohui stepped up to take the penalty and dispatched it well past the outstretched dive of Pain.

Both sides pushed for a winner in the latter stages but the high winds made things difficult for both sides to clinch an additional two points, but the draw means Palace have avoided defeat in four of their last five games. 

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