Palace’s under-18 side’s indifferent form so far in 2017 continued as they were beaten by Bristol City at a snowy Beckenham.
Some early pressure should have given the Eagles the lead within the opening 10 minutes when Levi Lumeka got down the left and crossed for Joseph Hungbo, but the Robins keeper made a terrific double save from his initial effort and follow-up.
Chances were few and far between in the opening 45 minutes with Sam Woods seeing a header from a Lumeka free-kick comfortably saved before the half was out, but just seven minutes after the restart Palace were handed an opportunity to take the lead from the penalty spot when Tyrick Mitchell was brought down in the box, and Lumeka capped his lively display with a goal.
That would be as good as things got though for the Eagles, and stirred up after that setback City forced Oliver Webber into a flying save to divert a 25-yarder over, and then on 70 minutes he produced another good stop as he used all of his frame to get a hand to another shot on target.
Top scorer Francis Jno Baptiste could have put the game to bed when he cut inside and forced the Robins stopper into another good block, and that proved vital as on 77 minutes they got themselves level when they pushed down the left and a good delivery was dispatched by Webber.
And with nine minutes to go the game was turned on its head when Kyle Lynch brought down an attacker and the referee pointed to the spot for the second time, and sadly for Paddy McCarthy’s team it was converted to make it 2-1 to the visitors.
Hungbo nearly snatched a point for his team when he saw a powerful blast tipped over in injury-time but it would be City who returned west with all the points.