Ryan's reply comes just too late

Crystal Palace Reserves 2, Norwich City Reserves 1: A sparse Selhurst Park was the setting for tonight's Barclays Premiership Reserve League, Southern Section visit to Crystal Palace.

Crystal Palace Reserves 2, Norwich City Reserves 1

A sparse Selhurst Park was the setting for tonight's Barclays Premiership Reserve League, Southern Section visit to Crystal Palace.

A sluggish and uneventful start was punctuated mainly by the sound of the referee's whistle.

But the game then exploded into life with two fine saves in as many minutes.


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First Palace striker Jon Macken tested Joe Lewis with a stooping header which the keeper did well to tip over.

Then at, the other end, a rasping drive by Ryan - the elder of the two Jarvis brothers on duty and captain on the night - had Julian Speroni scrambling across his goal.

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Suddenly the few fans had a game on in front of them, and as if to emphasise the point Danny Granville delivered a dipping free-kick which Lewis gathered despite an awkward bounce.

In the 40th minute Lewis was once more called into action from Macken's low drive.

Then just on the stroke of half-time Jarvis again tried his luck, only to be denied by Speroni.

The deadlock was broken in scruffy fashion eight minutes after the break, when Palace centre-half Mark Hudson headed home from close range following a defensive mix-up.

Three minutes later Hudson scored his and Palace's second of the night with a glancing header.

That seemed to be that until, in the 83rd minute, the visitors pulled a goal back through Jarvis senior, whose deflected free-kick left Speroni rooted to the spot.

Despite some late pressure, however, the Canaries were ultimately unable to salvage a draw.

t Crystal Palace Reserves: Speroni; Fray, Hudson, Kamara, Granville; Grabban, Starkey, Sesay (Straker 77), Reich (Wiggins 45); Macken (Sheringham 62), Andrews. Subs (not used): Wilkinson, Watanabe. Booked: Sesay. Scorers: Hudson (53, 56).

t Norwich City Reserves: Lewis; Bexfield, Spillane, Cave-Brown, Gusterson; Smart (Quaye 59), Fisk, Rossi Jarvis, Eagle; El-Ouargui (Martin 75), Ryan Jarvis. Subs (not used): Quaye, Arnold, Martin, Muddel, Eames. Scorer: Ryan Jarvis (83).

t Attendance: 115

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