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Report: Bristol City U18s 1-2 Crystal Palace U18s

City Under-18s were beaten 2-1 by their Crystal Palace counterparts on Saturday.

Despite early pressure from the hosts in the first half through Sam Pearson, Crystal Palace had the better of the chances in the opening exchanges.

It was an even game with most of the first period engaged competitively in midfield, with few clear-cut openings for either side.

Dangerous on the attack, Palace showed their attacking strength on 38 minutes when Sean Robertson rattled a header against the post.

Palace went ahead midway through the first half courtesy of Ryan Hanson. The defender received the ball on the edge of the area and made no mistake from 18 yards with a precise finish into the bottom right corner.

The lead was doubled shortly into the second half with a moment of magic. Joseph Hungbo took the plaudits with a fabulous free kick from all of 30 yards, with the ball sailing into the top corner.

Trevor Challis’ side grabbed a late goal through Vince Harper, and it was another incredibly well-taken finish.

The midfielder picked up the ball in the box and cannoned a half-volley in off the crossbar to give City a glimmer of hope.

However, it came too late for City and the visitors took the three points on a chilly afternoon at SGS College.

City Under-18s: Robertson, Turner-Williams, Ali, Harry Smith, Turner, Spark, Pearson, Z.Smith, Semenyo, V.Harper, Day. Subs not used: Begovic, Hall, Burford, Conway, Webb.

Report by: Liam Potter