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U18s stroll to convincing win

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CRYSTAL Palace U18s were comfortable 3-0 winners against Ryman League Premier Division side Cray Wanderers on Wednesday night.

No first-team players were included with a view to this weekend's trip to Ireland to face Waterford United, but fans got the chance to see Reise Allassani, who had trained with Ian Holloway's squad in Portugal a few weeks ago.

Also included in the Eagles' line-up was Jesse Starkey, an England U18 international recently released by Chelsea, and he took his place in the middle of the park alongside Jermaine Smith.

Cray were certainly up for the game in the opening stages, with much of the play coming down the left side to fire an early warning sign to the young Eagles.

Elliot Long managed to win Palace a penalty after he was tripped just inside the box following good hold-up play from Allassani. But Jake Grey saw the spot-kick saved with ease.

Starkey looked tidy and assured in the middle, spraying a number of passes from left to right.

Palace took the lead after 38 minutes when List burst through the middle, rounded the Cray goalkeeper and angled a shot home despite the best efforts of a back-tracking defender.

Palace doubled their lead on the hour-mark when substitute Ambrose made a good run down the middle, and despite Wanderers' best efforts to clear their lines, Grey was on hand to fire the loose ball into the empty net.

And two minutes later Palace grabbed their third thanks to Allassani, who tapped home.

Palace U18s: Gregory, Wright (Egbo), George (Berkeley), Khinda-John, O'Dwyer, Smith (Kennedy), List (Ambrose), Starkey (Hoare), Palmer (Mohammed), Grey, Allassani.

U18s stroll to convincing win


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