Under-18s: Crystal Palace 1-2 Wanderers

"Credit to the players, they moved the ball well with some good phases of play," says academy head coach David Lee

An inexperienced Wanderers’ under-18 side turned in a thoroughly professional performance, running our winners by the odd goal in three at Crystal Palace at the weekend.

David Lee and Tony Kelly’s side controlled the match for large periods, with Tom Young hitting the post and Saul Hamer seeing a goal disallowed inside the opening 45.

After the interval the one-way traffic continued, with Wanderers duly rewarded for their attacking endeavours on the hour mark.

Elliot Newby was hauled down 20 yards from goal, with Tom Walker expertly dispatching the resulting set piece.

With ten minutes remaining the lead was doubled after some persistent pressure from Wanderers’ attacking contingent forced a calamitous error resulting in an own goal.

Late on the hosts did halve the deficit, but the Baby Whites were not to be denied.

Head coach Lee said: “With seven first years and only three second years in the team, the physical aspect of the game was always going to be tough. Credit to the players, they moved the ball well with some good phases of play.

“What was pleasing was the attitude, desire and determination of what was a very young team. This all bodes well for the players’ future development.”

Wanderers: Fielding, Hendrie, Matthews, Gibson, Holding, Bailey, Newby, Maher, Youngs, Hamer, Walker

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