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Academy Report: Crystal Palace 5-2 Hull City

14 April 2016

Ken Gillard’s academy side finished off their league campaign with an emphatic victory against the Tigers to clinch third spot in the table.

The game, which was played at Warwick University after being rearranged due to the under-18s’ trip to India in March, saw the Eagles cruise to victory and some impressive performances from some trialists.

Palace dominated throughout and saw a couple of early chances go begging when Levi Lumeka and Reyon Dillon missed one-on-ones, and then Lumeka was fouled in the area which saw the referee point for a penalty, only to be overruled by his linesman who’d flagged for offside.

But on 35 minutes the deadlock was broken when a corner was flicked across goal by Dillon and Jalen Jones headed it into the net to hand his side the advantage at the break.

However the Tigers came out fighting in the second half and five minutes after the restart they scored when one of their players cut straight through the Palace defence to finish, however after that setback Palace took a firm grip of the game following the introduction of Nathan Linton.

On 65 minutes the winger crossed from the right where Dillon was waiting to lash home a first-time volley, and three minutes later Lumeka netted a superb solo goal as he cut in from the left before arrowing into the area and scooping the ball over the on-rushing goalkeeper.

Palace’s fourth was also of exceptional quality as Kian Flanagan turned a Hull midfielder in knots before squaring for Eric Demelo Calheiros who thrashed it first time towards goal and saw the ball clatter off the underside of the crossbar to make it 4-1.

A minute from time a fifth arrived as Linton did the damage again by whipping another dangerous delivery into the box where Lumeka was on hand to tap-in his 17th and final goal of a superb campaign for the attacker.

Hull managed to scramble home a late consolation but it was an impressive way for the Eagles to round off proceedings for 2015/16.

Palace: McAdden (Thornton 72), Hosannah, Woods, Jones, Jackson (Demelo-Calheiros 68), Lokilo (Linton 60), King-Elliott, Yeboah, Flanagan, Lumeka, Dillon. Subs not used: Omrore, Fundi.

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