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U23s Report: Crystal Palace 2-0 Millwall

5 November 2018

Richard Shaw's Under-23 side claimed victory today against local rivals Millwall in a well-earned 2-0 win.

Goals from Kian Flanagan and Joseph Hungbo secured three points for the Eagles as the game drew to a close, taking them above the Lions on goal difference and into second place.

Initially, however, the game was steady and measured and an uneventful first-half saw two evenly matched sides closely battling for dominance but never threatening one another too seriously.

Palace's first and best chance of the opening half came when TQ Addy found himself on the end of a well driven cross but volleyed the ball hard at visiting 'keeper Martin.

At times, the Eagles drove down their left flank with conviction but failed to create anything to challenge the away side having done so.

After half an hour, Palace defender Oliver O'Dwyer suffered in a collision with a visiting player and had to be stretchered off after a lengthy period of stoppage.

Once the game recommenced, the Lions were frustrated to send two shots wide of Joe Tupper's post as White first struck right and then left of the Eagles' goal.

Coming out after half-time, Palace looked a rejuvenated side and encroached threateningly into the opposition's area on several occasions. Within five minutes of returning to play, Levi Lumeka tested Martin and Flanagan fired just wide into the side netting before Lumeka again demanded a defensive reaction as he was crowded in the box to have his shot blocked well.

Millwall too created their share of chances but Tupper only found himself called into action once in the second half's opening exchanges, picking the ball from the air following a soft, lofted shot.

First-team player Jonny Williams was frustrated to mis-hit an effort into Martin's arms from close range but kept the visitors on their toes at all times with a series of jinking runs, one of which was firmly dealt with to force the 25-year-old's shot out.

The following corner bounced unsurely across the box before falling to Flanagan who, from the edge of the area, struck convincingly and buried the ball into the visitor's net.

With barely 10 minutes left of play, Hungbo entered the field and made his mark on the game within no time at all.

Reacting first to a rebounded shot, the midfielder hit the ball on the volley to emphatically rifle home, doubling the Eagles' lead as he did.

Despite Millwall's effort to pull a goal back, the visitors failed to open their account as a resolute Palace defence lead by an infallible Scott Dann looked comfortable when dealing with their assaults

Watch highlights soon on Palace TV as well as all the post-match reaction from Hungbo, Flanagan and Academy Director Gary Issott, all of which is available now.

Palace: Tupper, Tavares, O'Dwyer (D. Boateng 41), Dann, Mitchell, Addy (Hungbo 83), Williams, Kirby, Flanagan, Lumeka, Kaikai. Subs not used: Webber, McGregor, Baptiste.

Millwall: Martin, Brown, Debrah, Harvey, Karacan, Martin, McNamara, Olaofe, Saunders-Henry, White, Donovan. Subs: Hanson, Wright, Duncan, Alexander, Parker.


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