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Palace Beat U23s

U's beaten by Premier League youngsters

2 March 2020

Colchester United's U23s have been beaten 5-1 by Crystal Palace

The Premier League side scored twice before half-time, before adding three more in the first fifteen minutes of the second.

Jake Hutchinson, (pictured), scored a consolation penalty after Ryan Clampin was fouled, but the U's defeat meant them dropping below the Eagles to the bottom of the league.

Both teams began the match well but the first real chance fell to Palace on sixteen minutes.

The shot by John-Kymani Gordon, which came after good build up play which involved Tyrick Mitchell, was blocked by a U’s defender.

A poor back pass then presented Gordon with a chance, but his hesitation meant that the opportunity went.

As the hosts remained on top, efforts from outside the box by Kirby and Aveiro were saved, so it came as no surprise when the home team took the lead.

John-Kymani Gordon was the scorer after Tyrick Mitchell and Aveiro opened up the U’s defence for him to net with a cool finish on twenty six minutes.

Soon after that, Tyrick Mitchell added another, as he scored with a fine left foot finish from the edge of the area just two minutes later.

Just after the half hour mark, there was a chance for Pierrick to make it three, but he slipped at the vital moment and failed to get good contact on his shot.

Pierrick then found his right back Tavares, but his looped in effort was close but not quite on target, as he also failed to get the right connection.

The second half started in the same fashion as the first finished, with the hosts causing all the problems. Kian Flanagan released Gordon on a run, but his rising attempt was too high.

On fifty three minutes, the U’s conceded a third goal, as a cross by sub Kian Flanagan was turned into his own goal by U’s defender Tafari Moore.

Things then went from bad to worse as they let in two more goals, both to Kian Flanagan, his first coming from close range and then a curled in effort – the two goals came in a two minute spell just before the hour mark.

Aveiro then rattled the bar after a superb run, before finally the visitors got some consolation as they netted from the spot.

Ryan Clampin was fouled by Jay Rich-Baghuelou on seventy minutes, and Jake Hutchinson scored from the spot.

This resulted in a strong U’s finish and home defender Sakho had to make a good block to prevent a second U’s goal.

It finished 5-1 to Palace, with the U’s next fixture coming at the JobServe Community Stadium in a week’s time as Bristol City visit north Essex.

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