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Gazza2
17-10-2009, 12:23 PM
A crisp bright morning at the training ground saw the U16s come back from 2-0 down to beat Ipswich 4-3. One of the goals was a brilliant 30 yard shot and the game was effectively run by the ever excellent Palace skipper and central midfielder John Williams.

The Palace U18s faced a stiff task against an Ipswich side who had beaten top of the league Arsenal last weekend. With Holland out injured and Roberts dropped to the bench, the Palace XI who started and finished the match were:

GK = Mann
RB = Kenlock
LB = Parsons
CB1 = Wynter
CB2 = Nnamani (skipper)
Midfield = Goldsmith, Holness, Comley (first game for 7 weeks after injury and suspension)
SS = Randall
CF1 = Pinney
CF2 = Sedajji

Palace dominated the first 15 minutes of the match winning a sucsession of corners. From one of which, Wynter sliced wide from 4 yards out when it looked easier to score. Parsons had a decent long distance shot after 20 minutes.

It was only after 20 mins that Ipswich started to display some of the neat short passing game that their club is famous for. On 28 mins, some neat interplay down their left saw Mann have to pull a good save off from a cross shot, the ball was only pushed out a few yards and a desperate Parsons managed to scramble ball clear for a corner.

On 32 mins, Palace won a corner. It was not cleared far. Comley was first to the ball wide right, he swiveled inside an opponent and chipped a neat ball to the far post where Wynter headed in off of the post from 10 yards out to give Palace a deserved lead.

Palace then had a purple patch for the next 5 mins. An overlap by Kenlock saw him get to the by-line and his cross caused the defence to panic and concede a corner. On 37 mins, neat one touch interplay by Kenlock and Goldsmith, released Randall and he burst clear only to drag his shot wide from 12 yards with only the keeper to beat.

On 41 mins, Ipswich were level. A long ball was headed on, enabling their number 10 to run clear and rifle home a great shot into far bottom corner from edge of the area.

The 2nd half started slightly scrappily. But on 51 mins, Parsons swung in a free kick that was glanced on at the near post and skipper Nnamani swept home under some pressure from 5 yards out to restore the Palace lead.

For the next 20 mins or so both teams largely cancelled each other. Mann made a couple of decent saves from long shot and Nnmani and Wynter were both excellent when called upon. Kenlock curbed his usual overlaps and did a really steady defensive shift.

Holness played the holding midfield role well. Goldsmith struggled to get into game as much as he usually does.

On 70 mins, great play in inside left chanel by Pinney resulted in him crossing to far post where Holness directed header straight at keeper. Randall had a couple of decent shots from outside the box.

In last 10 mins, Ipswich huffed and puffed. Mann was booked for time wasting as he was taking ages at goal kicks. Pinney was booked for a late tackle. Palace witheld the late pressure comfortably. Manager Issot moved Sedajji to right mid to create an extra midfielder and we did look comfortable.

Apart from a 90th minute corner, which the Ipswich keeper (now up in our area) met with a free header from 9 yards out that he put over the bar. In injury time, a sweet 1st time lay off by Pinney set Randall free in on goal. He should have rolled ball inside to unmarked Pinney but instead tried to beat Keeper who pulled off an impressive save to concde a corner.

A great win for Palace and the players looked suitably pleased at the end. Nice to see Comley complete the game and he looked more impressive in later stages playing centre mid than he did when playing right mid in 1st half.

Good games for Kenlock, Wynter, Nnamani. Most of rest had decent games.

dannyboy1807
17-10-2009, 12:29 PM
Well done youngsters great result for both of them, this John Williams I keep hearing good things about this lad is it not to long before he is moved upto the u18s or reserves

great write as ever Gazza

JHJ EAGLE
17-10-2009, 12:48 PM
Good report, cheers Gazza:)

Dingle
17-10-2009, 12:56 PM
Always look for your youth reports Gazza. Thanks