A Crystal Palace Academy side is taking part in a winter tournament in Israel, which began today (Thursday 24 January), consisting of six Under-19 teams. The side's first game ended 0-0 against Maccabi Haifa.
The first game in the Maccabi U19 Winter Tournament saw Gary Issot’s side take on Maccabi Haifa.
The game started with Hungbo having the first shot of the match as the winger drove down the left and fired a stinging shot at the keeper in the Haifa goal.
Martin Onoabhagbe had the next chance for the Eagles. He headed over from close range after a corner was curled into the box.
Haifa should have taken the lead on the 16th minutes. A ball was played through the Palace defence and the forward rounded the keeper but took too long, and Onoabhagbe
put in a last-ditch challenge to deny him.
The last chance of the half was created again created by Hungbo. He drove down the left and cut the ball back to Donkin who couldn’t finish first time. The ball got stuck under his feet and he was tackled before he could get his shot away.
With 10 minutes to play in the second half Aveiro picked up a loose pass with and slid a pass to Addy, the wide man dribbled into the box and his shot flashed past the post.
For the second time in as many minutes Aviero made something happen in the game. He jinked past two defenders and smashed an effort at goal that the keeper palmed away.
Palace had a freekick with the last kick of the game but Hungbo could only curl it over meaning the young side start the competition with a point.
Palace: Hungbo, Boateng, Ehizojie, Aveiro, Donkin (Pierrick), Russell, Luthra, Ajayi, Gurung, Chamberlain (Addy 30), Trehy
Subs: Russell, Pierrick, Siddik, Boateng, Street, Omilabu, Parris, Steele.
The competition is being held at Maccabi Tel Aviv FC between 24-26 January and will see S.B.V. Excelsior Rotterdam, Maccabi Haifa, Beitar Jerusalem, Hapoel Beer Sheva, Crystal Palace and hosts Maccabi Tel Aviv FC go head to head over the course of three days.
It is the second edition of the tournament and will be held at PenguinPickUp Training Ground in Kiryat Shalom.
The competition will be played in a league format consisting of all six teams. The games will be 30 minutes each way and every team will play each other once. After every side has faced the other, the team with the most points will be crowned champions.
Last season’s event was won by the Maccabi “Shachar” Tel Aviv U19 side in a tournament that featured Bayer Leverkusen, Red Star Paris, Maccabi Haifa, Beitar Jerusalem and Hapoel Rishon Le’Zion.
Palace are next in action on Friday 25 January with a double header - first up is S.B.V. Excelsior Rotterdam at 10:15 GMT and then Hapoel Beer Sheva at 12:45 GMT. Stay tuned to Palace channel's for updates.