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U21 Report: Crystal Palace 2-1 Ipswich Town

23 February 2016

Palace’s development side clinched back-to-back victories for the first time since September by beating Ipswich Town at their Beckenham training ground.

Things got off to a great start for Gary Issott’s side as they took the lead after just six minutes. Luke Dreher won the ball in midfield who slipped in Randell Williams to his right, and the winger slid the ball under goalkeeper Jacob Marsden to register his third of the campaign.

It was all the Eagles after that and four minutes later Corie Andrews saw a glancing header just flash wide before Williams forced Mardsen into a save, and then Hiram Boateng dragged a shot wide of the mark.

On 19 minutes Sullay Kaikai nearly added a second goal but Adam McDonnell cleared off the line after Boateng saw an attempt blocked inside the area, and it wasn’t until around the half hour mark that Kleton Perntreou had anything to do before Andre Dozzell finally forced him into a simple save.

But on 35 minutes Ipswich, managed by former Eagle Mark Kennedy, managed to find an unlikely equaliser when Dozzell squared to Kyle Hammond on the edge of the box and the midfielder managed to drill the ball between a couple of covering defenders on the line.

Following that setback Kaikai then had three chances to put his side back ahead, firstly seeing a 25-yarder skid fractions wide seconds before half-time and then three minutes after the restart he nearly got lucky when his attempted cross from a free-kick evaded everyone in the area and bounced up to strike the crossbar.

On the hour mark a more conventional attempt from the winger’s long-range free-kick just missed the target, but a minute later the hosts did get back in front when Dreher put a pass over the top that Andrews chased down to dispossess Chris Smith, raced towards goal and rolled the ball into the bottom corner to score in successive games.

He nearly got a second of the afternoon but fired over following good work from Williams down the right, before Dreher blazed straight at Marsden. However Perntreou was barely troubled in the second half with the closest the Suffolk side came to finding a second equaliser arriving on 83 minutes when Hammond shot wide after cutting in from the right.

Indeed the Eagles had a couple of late chances to seal the win. Substitutes Jason Lokilo and Andre Coker combined to allow the latter to force Marsden to get down low to make a stop before Williams struck one over the bar as Issott’s men finished strongly.

Palace: Perntreou, George, Wynter, Croll, Scales, Boateng (Dymond 71), Fryers, Williams, Dreher, Kaikai (Lokilo 71), Andrews (Coker 75). Subs not used: Gregory, Hayford.

Ipswich: Marsden, Emmanuel, Fowler, Smith, Webber, Hammond, Dozzell, McDonnell, McKendry (Morris 62), McLoughlin, Blanchfield (Guldbrandsen 62). Subs not used: Wright, Woolfrenden.

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