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Academy Report: Bristol City 0-2 Crystal Palace

2 November 2015

Michael Phillips and Kian Flanagan got themselves on the scoresheet as Palace’s under-18s picked up another good win on their travels against Bristol City.

The Eagles were good for the three points as they put in a good performance to pick up their fourth win on the road this season, but their first since the start of September, to leave them third in the table.

Phillips gave them a dream start on seven minutes when he opened the scoring following a goalmouth scramble. Flanagan put in a cross from the left which was headed across goal by Andre Coker but the ball was cleared off the line, and after Levi Lumeka smashed the rebound off the post Luke Dreher got the ball back under control and found Phillips who finally found the net.

However the hosts came back into the game and Palace’s lead was only maintained thanks to goalline clearances from Dreher and Callum Sturgess, but six minutes before half-time Ken Gillard’s side raced into a two goal lead when a neat passing move down the field allowed Phillips to pick out Flanagan who tucked the ball home with his left foot.

Oliver Pain was called into action in the second half when he made himself big to save a one-on-one opportunity when a Robins attacker broke clear, but after that it was the home goalkeeper who was called up a number of times when the likes of Coker, Lumeka and Phillips had chances to find the net but were left frustrated by the shot-stopper, but the two goals were enough to clinch the win.

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