Palace’s academy side went down to the odd goal in seven during an entertaining encounter that saw them recover from a 3-1 half-time deficit, but ultimately their efforts were in vain.
Things looked to be going their way when Ken Gillard’s side took the lead after 13 minutes. Jason Lokilo’s corner was knocked down by Sam Woods inside the box for Francis Baptiste to touch home and score his first goal at under-18 level.
However the advantage only lasted until the 30 minute mark as the Bees pulled themselves level from the penalty spot in harsh circumstances. As Joshua Bohui headed goalwards, Jalen Jones made a well-timed challenge but was deemed to have brought the attacker down, who seized upon his stroke of luck by scoring from 12 yards.
The two sides reached 45 minutes level, but somehow the Eagles found themselves back in the changing room two goals down after Danny Parish netted twice in quick succession during stoppage time, firstly steering home a cross by Kingsley Eshun before reacting quickest to Giovanni McGregor’s shot which came back into play off the post to score a tap-in.
Despite suffering that huge setback, Palace came back into the game just two minutes after the restart. Emmanuel Yeboah was introduced as a substitute after the break and two minutes later he chased a ball down the left wing, cut inside and hit a shot from a tight angle to hand his side hope.
And then just before the hour mark Jason Akiotu got forward from left-back and was hauled down by Tony Guppy, allowing Michael Phillips to score a penalty of his own and level things up at 3-3.
But after hauling themselves back into the game, on 75 minutes Brentford netted what proved to be the winner when McGregor bent a low free-kick towards goal and saw it kiss the post before beating Colm McAdden.
The matchwinner would later be sent-off for the Bees late in the game but the Eagles couldn’t capitalise on their numerical advantage and were left empty-handed despite a heartening performance.
Palace: McAdden, Hogan, Jones, Woods, Akiotu, Lumeka, Haycroft, Phillips, Lokilo (Yeboah 46), Baptiste (Nars 63), Flanagan. Subs not used: Fummell, Sturgess, Hungbo.