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U18s Report: Huddersfield Town 0-2 Palace

2 April 2017

Paddy McCarthy’s side clinched their third straight win at Huddersfield Town, with the red-hot James Daly netting for the fourth time in his last five outings.

Palace keeper Oliver Webber proved key to the victory as he made a pair of top saves in the opening 45 minutes, the first of which came when the ball was stood up to the back post and a bullet header went his way, however he someone how managed to prevent it crossing the line.

The Eagles’ first opportunity came when some good control by Francis Jno Baptiste allowed him to find Joseph Hungbo in a central area, and after bringing the ball to the edge of the box he couldn’t quite get the desired connection on his shot and saw it bobble to Terriers stopper Ryan Schofield.

Schofield then did well to tip over a dangerous free-kick from Jayden Onen, however Webber was in inspired form and he produced another excellent stop when the ball bounced around a crowded penalty area and was stabbed goalwards, but the Eagles keeper somehow manged to push it over his crossbar.

That kept the scores level at the break, but just five minutes into the second half the Eagles were handed the perfect opportunity to get in front when Daly got in behind the defence and was brought down inside the area by Sam Gibson, and Jno Baptiste sent Schofield the wrong way from 12 yards to put McCarthy’s men ahead.

And 10 minutes later things got even better for the visitors when they won a free-kick 25 yards out, and Hungbo curled it over the wall and rattled the post. The ball caught the back of Schofield and dropped invitingly onto the goalline, and Daly was in the right spot to hammer it home and double the lead.

Palace could have extended it further when after a dangerous corner by Hungbo, skipper Lewis Bryon nodded the ball against the post, but the two-goal margin was more than enough for McCarthy’s boys’ momentum to continue as they claimed a sixth victory from their nine games in 2017.

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