A late goal by Lewis White saw Palace’s development side lose to their south London rivals Millwall at Bromley FC.
The substitute headed home with four minutes to go to grab the game’s only goal in a contest that had few opportunities, but that last-gasp heartache for the Eagles means it’s three defeats in a row for Richard Shaw’s side.
There was an early chance for the Lions when striker Jamie Philpott rose highest to meet a free-kick but headed it wide of the target, but Palace nearly got themselves in front 10 minutes later when Andre Coker burst forward and squared for Corie Andrews, who couldn’t quite find the target.
Chances were few and far between in the opening quarter but some brave defending by Palace saw them throw bodies in the way of a blast by Rian Bray, and just after the half-hour mark Kleton Perntreou had to be equal to a Kris Twardek effort to keep the scores goalless.
Indeed it was the hosts that ended the half on top with more strong blocks required to prevent Twardek and Gregg Wylde’s efforts from reaching the Palace keeper, but two minutes into the second half Andrews thought he had put his side 1-0 ahead when he sprung the offside trap and finished the chance, however his celebrations were cut short by an offside flag.
Millwall were fractions away from finally opening the scoring just past the hour mark when Noah Chesmain played a dangerous low cross into the path of White, but he couldn’t keep his chance down and saw it flash over the crossbar, and on 71 minutes an attempted chip by Wylde was caught by Perntreou in the nick of time just as it looked to be looping over the Eagles stopper.
But four minutes from time the home side’s pressure told as they finally found a breakthrough. Kyron Farrell whipped a free-kick into the area where White was waiting to get the faintest of touches with his head to the ball, and guide it into the net via the post to snatch the victory.
However Palace came so close to equaliser in injury-time in fine style. With the ball bouncing in front of him 30 yards from goal, Noor Husin unleashed a piledriver of an effort but was left frustrated as it cannoned off the crossbar.
Palace: Perntreou, King-Elliott, Wynter, Akiotu, Sturgess, Husin, Dreher, Coker, Andrews, Berkeley-Agyepong (Wan-Bissaka 62), Appiah (Williams 45). Subs not used: McAdden, Woods, McGregor.