U18 Premier League Elite Phase
Palace Training Ground, Beckenham

(Allassani 26)

(Ioannou 7, Pearson 73)

20/04/2013 11:48, Report by Adam Marshall
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U18s: Palace 1 United 2

The Eagles then went close with Jon Williams denied by Gollini and Ioannou making a vital block on the line to keep out Derek Tieku's effort. Mats Daehli and Pereira went close before United edged ahead again. Pereira's free-kick was pushed out by King and Pearson pounced from close range to ram in following a touch by Wilson.

However, the joy was short-lived as, six minutes later, Gollini was adjudged to have pulled down Jake Gray and another spot-kick was awarded. For a second time, the goalkeeper came out on top as Gollini atoned by making a brilliant save to deny Allassani from 12 yards.

Wilson almost wrapped up the success late on when his shot cannoned off the bar while Croll's free-kick was wide at the other end as this was a much-needed win in terms of the battle for a semi-final place.

United: Gollini; Love, McNair, Ioannou, Evans; Pereira, Grimshaw, Pearson, Daehli; Byrne, Wilson. Subs not used: Rudge, Sutherland, Barmby, Willock, Fletcher. 

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