EDS & Academy

Delap at the double in Palace win

Delap at the double in Palace win
Premier League 2
Premier League 2
Sat 12 Mar
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Manchester City's Elite Development Squad (EDS) extended our lead at the top of Premier League 2 as a Liam Delap double saw us beat Crystal Palace 2-1 in South London.

The striker linked up with James McAtee to hand us a 32nd minute lead, only for the Eagles to draw level moments later.

But McAtee and Delap would combine once again, seeing the City No.9 slot home in the 70th minute to secure a crucial win for Brian Barry-Murphy's side. 

WHAT HAPPENED

It was a quiet opening to the game at Crystal Palace's Academy, with very few chances created by either side.

The enjoyed more of the possession during the early stages, but City's defence held out well to nullify the threat posed by the Eagles.  

And that defensive work proved crucial as we hit the front just after the half-hour mark, with McAtee setting up Delap, who finished into the bottom right corner to score his first goal since returning from an injury suffered in the reverse fixture.  

However, we would only hold the lead for three minutes, as Palace's No.10 Nya Kirby found the top corner to level the scores.

Into the second half, City's defence were required to ride out a wave of pressure from the hosts, but were able to restrict them to a few off-target shots. 

And, just like in the first-half, our defensive efforts paid off as we regained the lead when McAtee and Delap combined again for the latter to slot home his second of the match.

That proved to be the end of the action, as City restricted Palace for the last 20 minutes to secure a crucial three points in the Premier League 2 title race. 

HOW WE LINED UP

Mikki van Sas was selected as City's stopper, with Kwaku Oduroh, Jadel Katongo and Tomas Galvez making up the defence alongside CJ Egan-Riley, who captained the side after playing the full 90 minutes in the first team's 0-0 UEFA Champions League draw with Sporting Lisbon. 

Shea Charles and Darko Gyabi were deployed in defensive midfield, with McAtee, who also featured heavily for Pep Guardiola's side against Sporting, taking up the No.10 role. 

Delap fronted the City attack and was flanked by Oscar Bobb and Sam Edozie. 

Crystal Palace Under-23s

Starting XI: Whitworth, D. Boateng, Adaramola, M. Boateng, Quick, Watson, Banks, Wells-Morrison, Gordon, Kirby, Oak-Sakyi

Subs: Steele, Shala, Omilabu, Hannam, Phillips 

Manchester City EDS 

Starting XI: van Sas, Oduroh, Egan-Riley (C), Katongo, Galvez, Charles, Bobb, Gyabi, Delap, McAtee, Edozie

Subs: O'Reilly, Slicker, Borges, Mebude

WHAT IT MEANS

The result sees the EDS strengthen our grip at the top of the Premier League 2 table, extending our gap over second-place West Ham to ten points with four games left to play, although the Hammers have two games in hand.

UP NEXT

Our next fixture will be our penultimate home game of the Premier League 2 campaign, as we take on Liverpool at the Etihad Stadium.

Kick-off is at 18:30 on Sunday 20 March. 

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