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U23s Report: Charlton Athletic 2-2 Crystal Palace

6 March 2017

Palace’s development side came from 2-0 down at half-time to clinch a draw against Charlton Athletic, with Levi Lumeka popping up with the equaliser 10 minutes from time.

The runaway league leaders looked set to claim another win and virtually seal a play-off place by racing into a healthy lead at the break, but Chung-yong Lee’s performance proved pivotal as he won a penalty before assisting Lumeka’s late leveller to give the Eagles a share of the spoils.

It took just 15 minutes for the Addicks to take the lead when Alfie Doughty slotted the ball past Kleton Perntreou, and after Lumeka has blasted a good opportunity for an instant equaliser over the crossbar, Jason Euell’s team doubled their lead on the half-hour mark when a superb strike from distance by Louis-Michel Yamfam whistled past Palace’s stopper and found the top corner.

However Lee’s quality soon became evident and he forced Dimitar Mitov into a fine reaction stop before missing the far post by fractions from fully 30 yards out, but after the restart the South Korean won a penalty on 67 minutes when he beat a couple of home defenders to get into the area before being brought down. Nya Kirby took upon the responsibility from 12 yards and duly scored his first competitive goal for the development side to give his team hope.

And with 10 minutes to go, some more magic from Lee conjured up an equaliser for Richard Shaw’s outfit. Picking the ball up on the right flank, the winger whipped a fine first-time cross into the area that was begging to be dispatched, and Lumeka did just that to bag his fifth under-23s goal of the campaign and complete the comeback.

Palace: Perntreou, Wan-Bissaka, Tavares, O'Dwyer, Mitchell, Kirby, Flanagan, Phillips (Dreher 56), Lee, Coker, Lumeka. Subs not used: Stewart, Woods, McGregor, Lokilo.

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