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Academy Report: Palace 2-2 Cardiff City

15 November 2015

Corie Andrews netted a brace to cancel out two own goals from the hosts as Palace managed to clinch a share of the spoils against Cardiff City.

The attacker scored either side of half time to spare Jalen Jones and Sam Woods’ blushes after the centre-backs both managed to accidently put the ball in their own net during an exciting encounter in Beckenham.

The match was played in horrendous weather conditions which didn’t help either side in the first half as they struggled to maintain possession, but it looked as though the visitors would go into the break ahead when they attacked down the right, and after a cross was put into the area Jones inadvertently sliced the ball past Oliver Pain on 40 minutes.

But on the stroke of half-time Andrews got his side level again when Bryce Hosannah burst down the wing and found Levi Lumeka who controlled the ball before setting up Andrews to score a neat first-time finish.

However Ken Gillard’s side found themselves behind again four minutes after the restart when Woods managed to score a second own goal for Cardiff after a dangerous corner was delivered into the area.

But Palace would dominate the final 20 minutes and Levi Lumeka had two chances to equalise when firstly some neat link-up play between Kian Flanagan and Victor Fundi led to the attacker forcing the Cardiff keeper into a good save from six yards out, but four minutes later Lumeka missed a free header from the same position following an Andre Coker cross.

Cardiff were then reduced to 10 men when their centre-back was shown a second yellow card for a foul on Coker and soon after Andrews nearly scored a great solo effort but again the visiting goalkeeper made a good save at his near post as Palace smelt not just a point but the victory.

The hosts would finally make their numerical advantage count on 85 minutes when a long ball by Flanagan was flicked on by Fundi, and Andrews took a touch before firing low into the net to tie things up and end the Cardiff resistance.

Later pressure saw Fundi see a goal ruled out for offside two minutes from time before Palace twice struck the woodwork through Woods and Fundi during a goalmouth scramble as they were forced to settle for just one point.

Palace: Pain, Hosannah, Jones, Woods, Akiotu, Coker, Hogan, Yeboah (Flanagan 70), Lumeka, Fundi, Andrews. Subs not used: McAdden, Bennett, Linton, Omrore.

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