Crystal Palace 5
Tieku 15mins, Diamond (pen) 18mins & 45mins, Palmer 48mins, Innis 85mins
Innis (own goal) 45mins, Nuttall 81mins
- Match reports
- Sat 24 Nov 2012, 1:54PM
- Posted by Mark Booth
City u18s’ final Barclays U18s Premier League away match ended in defeat at the hands of an impressive Crystal Palace outfit.
Adam Sadler’s men went down 5-2 to the Eagles, their fifth defeat in six, but managed to hand experience to several u16s, including Joe Nuttall, Gabriel Almeida and Kean Bryan, which should leave the Blues in good stead when the league resumes after Christmas.
Most of the damage was done in the opening half, when Palace roared into a 3-0 lead with a brace from Diamond a strike from Tieku.
City managed to hit back and force an own goal in stoppage time which give them a chink of light but the home side scored twice in the second half to put the game out of reach.
Palace fielded a side made up of several second year scholars clearly in a more advanced stage of their development, so it was always going to be a tough assignment for City’s blend of first-year scholars and under-16s.
They battled well in the second half and to played some good football but were denied a route back into the match by a combination of good goalkeeping and bad luck.
Palmer gave the scoreline a flattering look when he made it 4-1 to the South London side that has now won five of its last six games before City replied through Nuttall.
The Young Eagles were to have the last word and made it 5-2 courtesy of a header by Innis.
City u18s faces Wolves in their last National Group 3 match at Platt Lane next Saturday with sixth place virtually guaranteed.