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U21 Report: Cardiff City 3-1 Crystal Palace

26 April 2016

The Eagles finished their U21 Professional Development League 2 campaign fifth in the standings after falling to defeat at the Cardiff City Stadium.

Having not been on the losing side in their previous five games going into the trip to south Wales, Gary Issott would have been hoping that the season ended on a high note but the Bluebirds proved to be too strong for Palace as they finished in third spot.

Rhys Healey was the first to try his luck during the game but after embarking on a mazy dribble he saw his shot saved by the legs of Kleton Perntreou, before the Cardiff attacker would again be denied by the Eagles stopper when he headed straight at him on the 20-minute mark.

But it would be third time lucky for Healey just three minutes later when Matt Kennedy picked up the ball on the right and got himself in a good crossing position for the striker to simply tap the ball home from a couple of yards out.

However the lead only lasted 11 minutes when Palace got on the scoreboard in some style. Jacob Berkeley-Agyepong looked to be no threat when he picked the ball up out wide, but he curled an unstoppable shot into the top corner, leaving Luke O’Reilly helpless as he watched it fly into his net.

Parity was short-lived though as it would be the hosts who took the lead into the interval, when with five minutes of the first half to go Jamie Bird scored following a back-post header from Ben Turner, and things could have been even worse for the Eagles had Healey not had a penalty saved by Perntreou on the stroke after half-time.

On 70 minutes though Cardiff wrapped up the win when winger Kareem Harris found himself with time and space in the area to drill the ball home and give his side a two-goal cushion that never looked in jeopardy, despite Berkeley-Agyepong’s best efforts as in stoppage time he brought a fine one-handed reflex save out of O’Reilly as the season ended in defeat for Issott’s men.

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