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U18s Report: Palace 5-6 Nottingham Forest

16 October 2016

In an incredible game, Palace’s under-18s were on the wrong side of an 11 goal thriller as they were beaten for only the second time this season by Forest.

After the first half had ended 2-2, seven further goals after the restart went in but unfortunately for Ken Gillard’s patched-up side it was the visitors who grabbed the winner with 10 minutes to go.

It took just seven minutes for the first of the afternoon’s goals to go in and it was the Eagles who got it when a corner was cleared to Jason Lokilo who fired goalwards, and saw it strike Kian Flanagan's shoulder and go in.

However after 27 minutes a foul by Tyrick Mitchell handed Forest a chance to level from the penalty spot which they duly did despite Colm McAdden getting a hand to the spot-kick, and then six minutes later they edged 2-1 ahead when one of their centre-backs headed in a corner kick at the back post, but it would be even at the break as Flanagan released Levi Lumeka  who used his pace to break the offside trap and slide the ball into the bottom corner for his third in four under-18 outings.

Just a minute into the second half, Palace re-took the lead when the returning Lewis Bryon scored his first goal at this level after Geovanni McGregor's flat corner caused problems and the defender netted at the second attempt, just before the hour mark Palace managed to go 4-2 in front when some brilliant skill by Flanagan saw him beat a defender, and then a one-two with Lumeka allowed him to find the back of the net in style.

It was nearly game over when both Flanagan and Lokilo struck the goalframe within moments of each other, but unable to go three ahead Palace got complacent and within 12 minutes they found themselves behind.

They were pegged back to 4-3 when another corner saw a scramble where the ball was eventually forced home, and six minutes later it was tied again when some sloppy defending was punished, but with the home side shell-shocked Forest capitalised and retook the lead when a quickly-taken free-kick, albeit from the wrong place, caught Palace napping and a dinked finish over McAdden made it 5-4.

Having seen his side score four times without getting his name on the scoresheet, Francis Jno Baptiste then managed to continue his hot streak by netting his seventh of the season via the post after Bryce Hosannah and Lokilo combined, but having just managed to pull themselves level again, Palace then conceded a sixth when a fortunate ricochet fell kindly for an opposition striker who finished to round off the scoring in a remarkable encounter.

Palace: McAdden, Hosannah, Ossai, Bryon, Mitchell, Yeboah (Fundi 78), McGregor, Lumeka, Flanagan, Lokilo (Hungbo 87), Jno Baptiste. Subs not used: Matthews, Linton, Daly.

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