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Academy Report: Leeds United 0-2 Palace

7 September 2015

Palace’s under 18 side chalked up their third win from their opening five games after Luke Dreher netted a brace to end Leeds’ winning start to the season.

The midfielder scored twice in six first half minutes to hand the Eagles another fine win away from home, with their first five outings all coming on the road while they work on developing their new home at Copers Cope Road.

Having beaten Ipswich Town 4-0 the previous weekend thanks to goals from Levi Lumeka, Corie Andrews, Victor Fundi and Andre Coker, the Eagles travelled to Yorkshire full confidence but would have to weather plenty of early Leeds pressure.

The Whites had won all four of their games before meeting Ken Gillard’s boys and Oliver Pain was called into action after 13 minutes when he did well to parry a long-range shot around the post.

But after a tough opening 20 minutes Palace grew into the game and Andrews saw a shot saved by the legs of the Leeds goalkeeper before Dreher grabbed his first of the afternoon on 23 minutes, capitalising on a poor parry by the shot-stopper after Callum Sturgess’ corner to tuck in the rebound.

He didn’t have to wait long to double his tally when six minutes later another delivery from Sturgress was met by the head of Dreher at the front post to put the visitors in a commanding position.

Leeds continued to press hard in the second half to get back into the game but Palace were looking dangerous on the break and after the Eagles had defended a corner Ben Wynter embarked on a long run and found Lumeka but he again hit the legs of the goalkeeper.

Coker had a chance to wrap things up 10 minutes from time when he volleyed over from a good position but the will to win was evident throughout the side, and none more shown than when Sam Woods put in a brilliantly brave tackle to prevent Leeds pulling one back with four minutes to go, injuring himself in the process.

Pain’s clean sheet would remain intact as Palace made it four games out of five where they have prevented the opposition from scoring to continue their fine start of the season.

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