Lamin shines but Halley lose
Crystal Palace 5 Halley Football Academy 0
This match was much closer than the score suggests but Halley flagged in the second half against a strong team coached by Crystal Palace.
Halley had the handicap of only having 10 players to start the match and no substitutes but the first half was even. As Eduard was unable to play, Lamin was switched to central defence and was effective in breaking up some early Crystal Palace attacks. Palace went close to scoring from a corner after five minutes, then Lamin put in Leon with a long through-ball to win a corner. Soon after Jordan ran in on goal but a defender cleared.
Palace continued to look threatening but Marembo and Lamin made some good tackles and interceptions. Ramzi worked hard in midfield but we couldn’t give enough support to Leon in attack. On the wings Tola and Jordan were struggling to get involved. Leon did manage a shot on goal but the keeper saved. Jordan was then played in on goal but shot straight at the keeper. Moments later Marembo broke from defence but couldn’t find Jordan with a through pass.
At the end of the first half Palace put our defence under pressure and Ertac had to clear a dangerous cross. Palace then won a corner and scored from a free header to make it 1-0 at half-time.
Halley had competed well in the first half but tired in the second. Palace nearly scored again after the break and then won a penalty from Ramzi’s mistimed tackle after a counter-attack down the left wing. They scored to lead 2-0. Soon after it became 3-0 after our defence was split by a long pass.
Leon was switched into midfield and Edmar moved up front to try to get him into the game but this change had no effect and Palace became increasingly dominant. Lamin broke up a dangerous attack but then Palace went into a 4-0 lead after attacking down the left wing. Leon then shot wide after a good break by Edmar.
Palace closed the game on top. Ramzi cleared off the goal-line to prevent another goal but Palace then made it 5-0 with the last kick of the game.
Man of the match: Lamin, who was strong in defence and passed the ball well.
David Hawthorn – Teaching Assistant, Sixth Form