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Bromley 3–2 Crystal Palace U21s: Young Eagles downed in local clash

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CRYSTAL Palace's Development Squad fell to a 3-2 defeat against Bromley on Tuesday evening. Mark Goldberg's men raced into an early lead, before adding numbers two and three in the second half. Palace, in all honesty, despite grabbing two late goals, weren't at the races at Hayes Lane and it could have been more for the hosts. Gary Issott's side play Fulham in another warm-up game later this week before the start of their league campaign, but the Academy boss would have been disappointed with the marking for two of Bromley's goals from set-plays. Palace fell behind after just nine minutes following a bright start from the hosts. After Michael Chambers had cut out a dangerous cross, Harry Grant rose to head home the resulting corner to give Bromley the lead. Sullay KaiKai had a chance to respond immediately from a free-kick but he curled it over the crossbar. Bromley had a brilliant chance to double their lead when Louis Dennis' cross evaded Ryan Inniss and the ball fell to Moses Ademola, who struck it sweetly only to see Chris Kettings pull off a top save. Kettings had to get down low to deny Ademola again following a through-ball, before the striker saw another effort saved by the stopper from outside the box. KaiKai looked to create a chance as he sent in a dangerous ball from the left, but back came Bromley who were looking to catch out the defensive pairing of Ryan Inniss and Chambers Dennis saw a header go wide of the target following a ball in from the left, while Ademola had further chance to double Bromley's tally with two further chances. Reise Allassani nearly converted KaiKai's clever pass in a rare Palace attack, while at the other end Grant nearly grabbed his second with a volley which was saved well by Kettings. With several minutes of the first half remaining, Palace were denied a penalty when Gray's shot appeared to strike the hand of a Bromley defender but the referee wasn't interested. Ademola let fly from range moments later but saw his effort go narrowly over, while Grant saw a first-time shot also clear the bar. And just as they had done for the entire first half, Bromley finished strongly, with Ademola thwarted again and Adam Bailey-Dennis heading wide. Palace brought on Mandela Egbo for Inniss at the break, while Ghass Sow replaced skipper Connor Dymond. However, the young Eagles fell two behind just 90 seconds into the second half as Ademola curled home a fantastic effort from outside the box to beat Kettings. And the striker nearly grabbed another but couldn't quite reach a low cross with the Palace defence at sixes and sevens. Morgan Ferrier nearly grabbed a goal back for Palace when his effort was superbly denied by Seb Brown in the Bromley goal, while trialist striker Fizz came on for Allassani. Bromley did add another to the scoresheet though just after the hour-mark when substitute Pierre Joseph-Dubois headed home from close range following a corner. Mark Goldberg's outfit upped the pressure and Chambers had to be alert as the last defender to snuff out a low cross with Adam Birchall lurking. Eagles substitute Gus Sow scored the goal of the night on 77 minutes, however, when he picked the ball up 30 yards from goal, ran into space and sent a curling effort into the top corner via the underside of the bar. And with five minutes to go, Palace grabbed another goal back thanks to KaiKai's penalty after the winger was hacked down on the left side of the box. But Palace couldn't conjure up a late equaliser and it ended up with a Bromley victory. Palace: Kettings, Magri, George (Croll 67), Chambers, Inniss (Egbo 46), Dymond (Sow 46), Boateng (Black 67), Allassani (Fizz 51), Gray, KaiKai, Ferrier (Gabsi 60). Subs Not Used: Pain.

Bromley 3–2 Crystal Palace U21s: Young Eagles downed in local clash


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