2 August 2016

Bromley 1–2 Crystal Palace

  • Men's

Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew brought a young side to Hayes Lane on Tuesday night, with first team players including Lee Chung-Yong and Martin Kelly scattered around the squad in addition.

Nine minutes into the match, Kelly forced a good save from Alan Julian in the Bromley goal, as his seemingly goalbound header was acrobatically tipped over the crossbar by the Ravens stopper.

Joe Howe went close for Bromley soon after, as a free flowing counter attack, spearheaded by Tobi Sho-Silva, ended in Howe having a close range shot blocked just yards from goal.

Palace took the lead on 20 minutes, when Bromley failed to clear their lines, and eventually Sullay Kaikai slotted home from midway inside the penalty area.

However, it was not an accurate reflection on the game thus far, and Bromley reinforced that point by nearly equalising immediately, but after poor defending from the visitors, the lively Blair Turgott was presented with an unexpected chance to level things up, but was ultimately unable to steady himself and hit the target with just Kleton Perntreou to beat, instead shooting high and wide.

Freddie Ladapo should have doubled Palace’s lead just after the half hour mark, but he was unable to connect with Kaikai’s low cross into the six yard box, when all it needed was a slight touch for a certain goal.

However, Kaikai was on hand to put the Eagles 2-0 up just moments later. After Jack Holland had fouled Jonny Williams just outside the box, Kaikai stepped up to the resulting free kick and curled a delightful effort into the net, despite Julian’s best efforts to keep it out.

Eagles half time substitute Keshi Anderson, fresh from scoring in Palace’s 3-1 defeat to Fulham on Saturday, almost made an immediate impact, but after working his way into the box, shot wide of goal from an angle. Ladapo should have added to the scoreline on the 54 minute mark, but after losing his marker, latching on to a good through ball and going through on goal, he shot wide.

As chances became fewer and further between, Bromley youngster Dan Ajakaiye pulled one back with just five minutes left. After George Porter’s shot was blocked, he chased it down and slid the ball across, where Ajakaiye was waiting, and the substitute prodded home.

Bromley: Julian, Howe, Anderson, Chorley, Holland (C), Prestedge, Turgott, M. Porter, Sho-Silva, Cunnington, Martin

Subs: Johnson, Osborne, Makahsini, Dymond, G. Porter, Goldberg, Arce, Ajakaiye, Huxter (GK)

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