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Palace U21s 1 Millwall U21s 2

21 August 2013

Woolford double sinks Eagles

Two superb free-kicks from Martyn Woolford propelled Millwall to victory in their Development League opener at Selhurst Park on Tuesday night.

Palace led at the break thanks to a neat finish from Kyle De Silva but were twice punished by the left foot of Woolford as The Lions left with the points.

Neil Harris' side faced a strong Palace line-up including five summer signings and unsurprisingly they began brightly. De Silva forced Andy Marshall into a sprawling save after just seven minutes when he ran through the visitors' defence, and the keeper had to be alert moments later to tip over a sliced Tom Bender clearance.

Elliot Grandin saw a header flash wide of the post from a Jose Campana corner and before the Spaniard curled a free-kick around the wall from 20 yards but saw his strike clatter back off the post.

John Marquis had a 'goal' disallowed for a foul on Neil Alexander after he put the ball in the net from an Woolford corner.

But with seven minutes of the first half to play the Eagles were awarded a penalty. De Silva was brought down just inside the area but Marshall guessed the right way and dived low to push Grandin's spot-kick away.

But just before the break Palace did grab the lead. De Silva clipping the ball into the corner of the net via the bottom of the post.

Millwall were level just before the hour. A free-kick was awarded against Palace and from wide on the right Woolford's shot found the top corner of Alexander's net.

With 10 minutes to play Woolford again converted a free-kick from the edge of the box that left Alexander with no chance to wrap up the points for Millwall.

Palace: Alexander, Gordon, Jerome Williams, Boateng (Sow 60), Taylor, Marange, De Silva, Campana, Chamakh (Sekajja 65), Grandin, Kaikai. Subs not used: Fitzsimons, Dymond, Croll.

Millwall: Marshall, Siafa, Nelson, De Havilland, Bender, Wright, McManus, Onyedinma (Penny 65), Woolford, Marquis (Wood 86), O'Brien. Subs not used: Gerrar, Thompson, Twardek. 

(With apologies for errors in earlier report)

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