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U23s Report: Crystal Palace 4-1 Colchester United

12 November 2018

Crystal Palace Under-23s beat a visiting Colchester United 4-1, with Levi Lumeka, Kian Flanagan and Rob Street netting the Eagles' goals.

The two teams were separated on 55 minutes, when Flanagan rifled the ball into United's net to score Palace's second of the day. Coming from the bench, Street then netted twice to finish the game with Palace as clear victors.

Both sides began the match testing one another tamely, as TQ Addy struck low to the right of an out-stretched Callum Coulter within five minutes only to see his effort saved well. From this, Colchester broke quickly and forced Joe Tupper into a firm save.

Moments later, the visitors hit the ball well over Palace's bar before the Eagles' Flanagan struck into Coulter's arms.

Following a lively start, the deadlock was swiftly broken as Lumeka found plenty of space in the box to slot the ball into The U's net. Having opened their scoring, however, Palace then saw the visitors develop a grip on the game that wouldn't relent until the second-half.

Three chances in quick succession kept the home side on the back foot, with Eoin McKeown nipping into the path of a Palace pass to shoot from close distance at Tupper, who saved with strength. Again, Tupper was called into action following a Sam Warde effort minutes later.

A probing cross was then drilled in from Colchester's right but Ken Charles could only head over the bar as the Palace goal remained unpenetrated.

The visitor's siege finally yielded success when McKeown latched onto the end of a perfectly weighted long-pass to bury the ball into Palace's goal.

With the scores level, the teams went into half-time one apiece, but it was Palace who came out after the break fastest. Flanagan gave the home side the lead with a well-struck effort which curled its way under the bar from close inside the penalty box having wriggled his way into space.

Shortly after, Lumeka produced a fantastic effort from distance only equalled by a wonderful reaction save by Coulter.

Both teams then produced a series of half-chances, but it was Palace who found themselves celebrating again first as substitute Rob Street poked the ball in from close-range after a Brandon Aveiro cross found him facing just the 'keeper.

Street then doubled his account as the game drew to a close with a well-struck, low effort that was placed with precision into the visitor's net; taking Palace's fourth of the afternoon.

Palace: Tupper, D.Boateng, Onoabhagbe, Mitchell, Hungbo, Addy (Aveiro 70), Flanagan, McGregor, Lumeka, Pierrick (Street 70), Baptiste.

Subs not used: Luthra, M.Boateng, Chamberlin-Gayle.

Colchester: Coulter, Agboolm, Barnes, Cornish, Akolbrie, Forino, Miller, Kennedy, McKeown, Warde, Charles.

Subs: Clampin, Hutchinson, Hallet, Cracknell.


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