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U21 Report: Brentford 2-2 Crystal Palace

29 February 2016

Goals from Randell Williams and Hiram Boateng earned the Eagles’ under-21 side a deserved point at Griffin Park as their recent return to form in the development league continued.

After falling behind early on, Palace railed to lead after 25 minutes thanks to two fine goals including a thunderbolt from Boateng, but the Bees drew level after the restart and ultimately Gary Issott’s team had to settle for a point which extended their unbeaten run to three games.

The Bees enjoyed a bright start and Scott Hogan forced Chris Kettings into a good stop at his near post after 60 seconds, and four minutes later Andy Gogia rounded the Palace keeper but somehow hit the post with goal gaping, with Kettings denying Bradley Clayton with his feet when the ball was recycled.

But after nine minutes the home side finally found a way in front. A neat flick in the middle of the park by Herson Rodriguez Alves handed Clayton the chance to break forward and lay the ball off to Reece Cole, who in turn slotted in Hogan to open the scoring.

Luke Dreher responded by dragging a shot fractions wide of the far post, but on 20 minutes the Eagles found an equaliser when Jason Lokilo put a cross into the area which was nodded into the top corner by Williams who scored for the third game in succession.

And just minutes later the visitors got themselves in front in spectacular fashion. After winning a free-kick on the left, Williams whipped it into the box where Boateng met it with a fierce volley that flew past Jack Bonham to turn the game around.

After Hogan had headed straight at Kettings, Boateng saw a curling free-kick fizz just wide before Corie Andrews’ 25 yarder headed straight to Bonham as Issott’s side ended the half in the ascendancy.

The second 45 started quietly but Kettings had to be on top form to push away a dipping free-kick from Cole, but on 68 minutes the Bees pulled level again when Josh Clarke fed Kyjuon Marsh-Brown and the winger used his electric pace to get to the byline and centre for Gogia who this time got lucky with the woodwork as his shot kissed the post before finding the net.

The same player tried his luck again soon after but once again Kettings pulled off a magnificent, stretching one-handed stop to divert the ball from his top corner, and as time ticked away Gogia shot from a similar position 25 yards out but the ball flashed wide and the points were shared.

Brentford: Bonham, Clarke, Mepham, Holldack, Field, Alves (Marsh Brown 65), Westbrook, Cole (Laucys 90), Gogia, Hogan (Birse 65), Clayton. Subs not used: Greaves.

Palace: Kettings, Wynter, Croll, Fryers, Scales, Boateng (Hayford 78), Dymond, Lokilo (George 78), Dreher, Williams (Hinkson-Mars 75), Andrews. Subs not used: Perntreou, Hoare.

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