Three first half goals in the latest pre-seaon development side friendly decided the outcome at Dulwich Hamlet and even though the game finished in defeat, coach Richard Shaw was pleased that the youngsters could take plenty of learnings from the game.
An early Jordon Mutch goal gave the side an advantage as he scored his third goal in pre-season, arriving after a period of pressure which saw Palace force a couple of corners but the home defence couldn’t do anything about a chance that fell to Mutch and he converted the opportunity by putting the ball into the corner of the net.
On the quarter hour mark scores were soon level as a ball was played forward which fell to Dumebi Dumaka and he made no mistake finishing the opportunity against Dion Henry.
The game was played at a good pace with chances at both ends and Henry did well to deny Dumaka with another chance after he got on the end of pass from Gavin Tomlin.
Dulwich were soon ahead though when Ashley Carew did well to turn and get a shot in on goal that beat Henry. The lead was nearly extended further when Nyren Clunis had a shot pushed behind by Henry.
In the latter stages of the half Joseph Hungbo and Andre Coker both had chances saved and the visitors went into the break behind.
An early chance in the second half from Tomlin could have seen the lead extended but he put the opportunity wide of the target.
The second forty-five saw a number of changes from the visitors as all squad members were given game time and Palace had chances with the goalkeeper being forced into saves to deny Kian Flanagan, Sam Woods and Jacob Berkeley.
Even though the night ended in defeat Development Coach Richard Shaw speaking after the match was pleased with aspects of the evening's work. "It was a really good test. I thought Dulwich were very good,
"But to be fair, I have no arguments with our boys – we just again lacked that bit of a cutting edge in the final third. We just needed that bit more adventure and a bit more belief.
"We played some nice stuff at times and again, this is a good learning curve for these young boys, and they understand that.
"You have to play games like this, where they have to try and find a way, and it has been good experience for us.
"For me, the benefit is we are developing players and playing against grown men is going to be good for them.”
Henry, Woods, Hungbo, Boateng, Tavares, Brown, Lumeka, Dreher, Coker, Mutch, Lokilo.
Subs: Husin (Dreher), Flanagan (Mutch), Berkeley (Lokilo), Daly (Hungbo), McGregor (Boateng), Kargbo (Lumeka).