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Report: Farnborough Town 0-3 Crystal Palace

8 August 2016

The Palace match at Farnborough Town on Monday evening saw a first appearance in a Palace shirt for France international Steve Mandanda, after his move to Selhurst Park
earlier this summer. 

A young Eagles side started well with a couple of early chances falling their way. On just three minutes goalkeeper Joe Driscoll did well to deny Keshi Anderson as the striker 
was in one on one and the same player had another chance soon after as he tried to bend the ball into the far corner but it took a deflection and went out for a corner. 

The best of the early opportunities for the home side fell to Dennis Oli after got the better of his man with a step over but he put the opportunity over Mandanda's bar. 

The goalkeeper was called upon again just past the 20 minute mark when he held onto a header from Osano  

Disappointment was to follow on the half hour mark for the visitors as a foul on Jonny Williams saw him receive treatment, before having to be substituted as he was replaced by Andre Coker. 

Some good chances to Palace in that final period of the half as an effort from Luke Dreher from 20 yards went just wide and Sullay Kaikai contolled a cross on his chest before attempting a 
bicycle kick but the shot went just wide. 

After a goalless first half it was Palace who threatened at the start of second period as Kaikai saw a dangerous low cross turned around for a corner just before the deadlock was broken. 

Dreher making no mistake as his first time effort rocketed into the top corner from 18 yards out giving the goalkeeper no chance on 50 minutes. 

Palace were well on top in the opening stages of the half as Coker saw his shot blocked and then there was great anticipation when Kaikai had a free kick but his chance 
went over the bar. A minute later Wynter was in on goal but his cross didn't fall for anyone in front of goal and the chance came and went. 

It was not long though before The Eagles extended their lead through Kaikai twenty minutes into the half. He saw his initial effort blocked but was first to pounce on the rebound and made no 
mistake as he  fired home past Driscoll. 

Soon after he nearly added to his account,  getting on the end of a cross from Coker but he put his header wide at the far post. 

He didn't have to wait long though before finding the net again as his left footed half volley found the net courtesy of the woodwork for the third goal of the night.

A good nights work for the side and a clean sheet for Mandanda as he wore the badge of Crystal Palace FC for the first time. 

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