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U21s Report: Crystal Palace 1-0 Birmingham

21 September 2015


Palace's development side took on Birmingham City's under-21s at a dreary KNK Stadium this afternoon.

The game started slowly, but soon sparked into life at around the same time the weather began to worsen. Keshi Anderson went closest to breaking the deadlock in the opening ten minutes, cleverly reading Jacob Berkeley-Agyepong's looping header to meet the ball with his own header and worry the woodwork. Unfortunately, City were able to clear the rebound before the striker could have another go.

As the first half went on, Palace began to carve out chances, with Aaron Bissaka and Zeki Fryers going close in quick succession. The Eagles eventually drew first blood after 30 minutes, with Ben Wynter rising to meet a corner with his head and power the ball into the top corner.

There were few other chance in the remainder of the first period, but Palace went in 1-0 up at half-time.

Again, the start to the second 45 minutes was a slow one, though Palace did look the more likely to grab the second goal despite there being few gilt-edged chances.

Jake Gray and Jacob Berkeley-Agyepong were both denied from close range as Jake Weaver made a good double save to deny the Palace duo and keep Birmingham's disadvantage at one.

There were few other chances of note during the remainder of the second half and Palace's solid defence was able to hold on and secure the three points for Gary Issott's side.

Palace XI: Gregory; Wynter, McCarthy, Croll, Fryers; Gray, Hoare, Dymond, Berkley-Agyepong (Breimyr, 73); Bissaka (Fundi, 84), Anderson (O'Dwyer, 90).

Subs: Pain, Andrews.

Birmingham XI: Weaver, O'Keeffe, Seddon, Baba, Martin, Harding, McFarlane (Bailey, 63), Cooper, Jones, McDonald, O'Neill (Lubala, 78).

Subs: Challis, Trueman.

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