Ndjolii, Mulrooney-Skinner and Bray on target to secure derby honours
Millwall's youngsters took derby honours against Crystal Palace with a comprehensive away victory in the driving wind and rain on Saturday morning.
The Lions got off a promising start and put the home side on the back foot from the off.
Millwall laid siege on the home defence and it was only an excellent save by the Palace keeper that denied Matthew Campbell a goal after just three minutes, pushing the ball away for a corner.
Minutes later Alex Mulrooney-Skinner went close to opening his account having latched onto a measured cross from defender Noah Chesmain.
The Lions inevitably made the breakthrough in the 15th minute when striker Mikael Ndjoli was on hand to prod the ball over the Palace goal-line following yet another corner for the visitors.
Millwall never gave the home side a chance to settle and in virtually their next attack they doubled their lead. A sweeping team move cut right through the heart of the home defence and Mulrooney-Skinner took aim with a shot that struck one upright, ricocheted across the goal-line, struck the other upright and bounced into the back of the net.
The Lions kept the pressure on and full-back Chesmain grazed the woodwork with an inswinging corner, although keeper Harry Girling then denied Bryce Hessanah in what was a rare Palace attack in the 35th minute.
That proved to be a minor distraction and it was business as usual just minutes later courtesy of a third goal from the head of Rian Bray, who met Chesmain’s corner perfectly.
Although there were no further goals from Millwall, the second period was totally controlled by The Lions in terrible weather conditions.
Palace did grab a goal right at the death, but it was of little consequence as there was no time for any form of a serious fight-back with the match already all but won by the visitors.
Team: Girling, Brown, Chesmain, J. White, Bray, Green, Mulrooney-Skinner (O’Donnell, 65mins.) Ebuzeme, Ndjoli, Eze (Fitzgerald, 80mins), Campbell (L.White, 74mins). Sub not used: Sandford.
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