Crystal Palace end their Pre-Season with a win over Boro’

Whatever might be said about the composition of the Crystal Palace side the official crowd of 1,264 witnessed an entertaining game to mark the official opening of the PRE Stand.

Boro’s line-up did not include either Eddie Smith or Jamie Cureton, presumably with an eye to Tuesday’s League game at Petersfield Town and they set up rather differently to Saturday’s opener against Bedford Town.

Notably, Keith Emmerson was at left back with Nic Ciardini on the left wing and Josh Huggins lined up at right back with John Oyenuga higher up on the right wing.

Yes, Palace finished on top which was to be expected, but Boro’ put in a decent performance and were by no means overwhelmed.

The opening 10 minutes saw both sides start in a lively fashion with Palace showing their ability to move the ball about quickly and accurately while Boro’ defended sensibly and to good effect.

Joel Driscoll saved well from a snap shot early on and a Ciardini shot on twelve minutes ricocheted off a defender for a corner.

Dennis Oli was put away by a long clearance and did well without support to make ground, shake off two defenders before firing just over from the edge of the box.

A good Palace move and cross on the right saw the final effort saved by Driscoll and following a corner at the other end Osano’s header was grasped by Mandanda just below his bar.

Just a minute later CJ had a header saved following another corner.

Jonny Williams went off injured after 32 minutes and was replaced by Coker.

Boro’ replaced Oli with Cissoko on 36 minutes presumably with Tuesday in mind.

Oyenuga was causing problems down the right and getting in some telling crosses one being deflected out for a corner from which Osano headed back across goal but nobody could get to it.

Just before the break, an overhead kick from Anderson went close and Driscoll tipped over a long range shot from Coker.

HALF TIME: Farnborough 0-0 Crystal Palace

A keenly contested 45 minutes with some decent football and while Boro’ did a good deal of defending they were not out of the game and created chances of their own.

Boro’ made a double change at the interval replacing Emmerson and Oyenuga with Goater and Youssef Bamba.

The second half was just five minutes old when Luke Dreher hit a scorcher from the right corner of the box which gave Driscoll no chance on 50 minutes. Farnborough 0-1 Crystal Palace.

Kaikai hit a chance just over, then Palace replaced Dreher with a Trialist on 60 minutes.

With Palace pushing on and Boro’ defending well, a blocked effort fell to Kaikai who made no mistake and scored from about eight yards out on 65 minutes. Farnborough 0-2 Crystal Palace.

Five minutes later with Boro’ only partially clearing their lines, Kaikai got his second and Palace’s third with a low strike which went in off the post on 70 minutes. Farnborough 0-3 Crystal Palace.

The final 20 minutes produced plenty of effort from both sides but no further goals.

The rhythm of the game being rather broken up by a whole flurry of substitutions which I will summarise below just for the record.

Farnborough: Barton for Ciardini (72 minutes)
Shaban for Battie (82 minutes)
Allen for Fearn (87 minutes)
Cunningham for Driscoll (88 minutes)

Crystal Palace: Berkleye-Agyepong for Anderson (72 minutes)
Lokilo for Kaikai (74 minutes)
Akiotu for Croll (75 minutes)
Funell for Mandana (85 minutes)

FULL TIME: Farnborough 0-3 Crystal Palace

An entertaining game with the visitors showing their class but with Boro’ putting in a decent shift and by no means disgraced. Bring on Petersfield.

Come on you Yelloowsaaa!!!

Match Report by Tony Duff


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