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U18s Report: Palace 2-2 Colchester United

2 October 2016

Palace’s good start to the season continued as they improved their record to just one defeat from their opening eight games, however they were held to a 2-2 draw at home to Colchester United in their latest encounter.

Ken Gillard’s side peppered the goal throughout the contest, and just two minutes in Kian Flanagan put the ball just wide after an early cross by Jason Lokilo, but on 26 minutes the U’s, who are managed by former Palace midfielder David Wright, found a way to get in front when the visitors counter-attacked down the left, and a cross into the box was latched onto by Dean Ager who hadn’t been tracked by the Palace defence, allowing him to score from close range.

Chances continued to fall the Eagles’ way and before half-time Francis Jno Baptiste was denied by the opposition keeper, who then came up trumps in a one-on-one duel with Levi Lumeka before thwarting the ret-hot Jno Baptiste again before the break.

But on the hour mark, his resistance finally ended. Once again it was Jason Lokilo who provided the danger on the left, and his cross came into the path of Bryce Hosannah, and in poor conditions the full-back did well to control the ball in front of him and tuck it home.

Just seven minutes after that boost, Gillard saw his team take the lead when Lumeka had an attempt saved, but the ball ricocheted off the shot-stopper and struck a U’s defender before finding its way into the net for an own goal.

Further opportunities to extend the lead fell for Flanagan, Giovanni McGregor, Lokilo and Jno Baptiste but none were taken, and it would prove costly as with 10 minutes to play Colchester managed to sneak an equaliser when another low delivery from the left was finished off by Aaron Cosgrave.

There were two more chances for the Eagles to regain a late lead, but after Lumeka saw one blocked by a defender, Jno Baptiste looked destined to fire home when he controlled the ball in the middle of the box, but could only slot wide of the post as the Eagles had to settle for a point.

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