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IFA Shield: Salgaocar 1-4 Crystal Palace

24 February 2016

Crystal Palace's under-18 side beat Salgaocar 4-1 in their opening game of the IFA U19 Shield in Kolkata, India.

The Eagles got off to a fine start in the competition, which is the fourth longest-running football tournament in the world, by winning convincingly against the side from Goa.

It took just 12 minutes for Palace to take the lead in West Bengal when Levi Lumeka picked the ball up on the right and ghosted inside before unleashing a left-footed drive from the edge of the area which beat the Greens goalkeeper.

The winger then turned provider 15 minutes later when he whipped a cross towards the back post where Francis Baptiste was waiting to head the ball into the net, and after the break Kian Flanagan rounded the keeper before slotting the ball over the line to put Palace in a convincingly lead.

That was cut to 3-1 when Tristaw Falcao pulled one back for Salgaocar in the 72nd minute but with four minutes remaining Lumeka grabbed his second of the game from outside the area when he saw a deflected strike fly into the goal.

The win puts Ken Gillard's side into second place in the group behind Tata Football Academy, who have already played three games, but saw their game with the Eagles shifted back a few days to Thursday.

Palace's updated schedule:
23rd Feb - Salgaocar (W 4-1)
25th Feb - Tata Football Academy - 9am
27th Feb - United SC - 11am
29th Feb - East Bengal - 11am
2-3/3 Mar - Semi-finals
6th Mar - Final - 9am

To find out more about the tournament, click here.

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