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U18s Report: Crystal Palace 3-0 Hull City

19 March 2017

A commanding performance from the Eagles saw them sweep aside Hull City in Beckenham thanks to goals from James Daly, Francis Jno Baptiste and Sean Robertson.

With the two play-off places in the league already locked up by Charlton Athletic and Coventry City, the Eagles will only be playing for pride for the rest of the campaign but boss Paddy McCarthy would have been delighted with the application from his side who were clinical in front of goal and resolute at the 
back, with Matt Funnell barely troubled during the encounter as the Tigers were easily tamed.

There was an early sight of intent from the hosts when just a minute in Joseph Hungbo cracked a shot against the woodwork to almost give his team the perfect start, and later in the half Lewis Bryon saw an attempt scrambled off the Hull goalline as the pressure mounted.

That would eventually tell as Palace took the lead around the half-hour mark after Bryon went close with a low drive that was pushed around the post by the Hull keeper, and from the resulting corner Daly scored his second goal in his last three games via a diving header to put the Eagles ahead.

That was how things remained until the second half as Jno Baptiste spurned a good opportunity to double the lead when he fired over after some good work by Jayden Onen, however the under-18s’ top scorer wouldn’t be denied. Two minutes after the restart he skipped past a defender in the area and was brought crashing down, but the hitman dusted him down to convert from the penalty spot to net his 12th strike of an impressive campaign.

Jno Baptiste was also involved in the third goal as he nodded the ball into the path of substitute Robertson who had a clean route through to goal, and he dispatched the opportunity to ensure he netted in both of his first two games at under-18 level since being handed his chance by McCarthy, and put the icing on a fine display by the academy side.

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