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Crystal Palace U18s vs AFC Bournemouth U18s at Stadion.Core.ViewModels.Matchday.LocationViewModel

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FT 3rd August 2021 11:00 AM
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U18s fightback again for Palace draw

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The under-18s took the lead and then equalised late on in a thrilling 2-2 pre-season draw with Crystal Palace.

Short of a number of their second-year scholars, the Cherries came up against a strong Palace line up away from home.

Michael Dacosta Gonzalez put the visitors 1-0 up with a well-taken free-kick over the wall, Lewis Brown also having an opportunity but pulling his shot wide.

Palace levelled from a corner to make it 1-1 at the break, and the hosts turned the tables and began to dominate in the second period.

The Eagles took the lead through a penalty before Cherries 'keeper Ollie Camis made a good save, while Archie Harris blocked another shot on the line to keep Alan Connell's side in contention.

Bournemouth gained momentum in the final 15 minutes and began creating openings, Daniel Adu-Adjei scoring an equaliser with a fine left-footed strike into the top corner; his first goal of pre-season after hard work in recent matches.

Connell spoke to afcb.co.uk after the game: "It was a good opportunity to get 90 minutes into the players and they gave absolutely everything - some of them going past where they thought they could both physically and mentally.

"We got our reward in the end with the late equaliser, which we deserved. Some of our play was excellent and we could have been more than 1-0 up.

"We had the setback of the two Palace goals and you'd expect a quality category one team to have dominant spells and it was difficult in them for us to regain control. Credit to the players, they did that late on and we started to get a few more opportunities.

"The ball fell to Daniel, he's a goalscorer and he kept going, and he got his reward with a fantastic strike to give all the boys a fantastic feeling afterwards.

"It was a very satisfying watch from my viewpoint, obviously there are things for us to work on but I'm encouraged by what I'm seeing - it's now all eyes on the first league game on Saturday."

Having claimed back-to-back draws against category one sides on Saturday and Tuesday, Connell said he's pleased with where his squad is at before they kick off their competitive campaign against Cheltenham Town this weekend.

"We've had a really tough pre-season for a number of reasons and they games we've had have been of really high quality," he said.

"In the last two games in particular we've controlled the game for a large proportion of the games, created chances and limited the opposition to very few, albeit when they have had spells we've had to throw our bodies on the line at time to stay in games.

"That's part and parcel of any game of football, especially against these higher quality of team.

"The fact that we can compete with these teams and produce performances and results shows that as a club there's a lot to be positive about and we've got a bright future."

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