Crystal Palace fans who made the trip to Imperial Fields last night were treated to a dominant display over South London neighbours, Dulwich Hamlet.
The Eagles ran out 5-0 victors in a fundraising match which gave fans the opportunity to see youth players and a handful of first-team faces in action during the lull of the international break. Given that it was a friendly, the result will mean little to the 1226 in attendance but Palace fans were pleased to see Scott Dann and Connor Wickham’s names on the team-sheet, whose injuries have seen them sidelined for a long time.
Summer signing Max Meyer grabbed both his first goal for the club and the away side’s first of the game with a composed, curling finish into the corner, followed by an excellent drive from Sullay Kaikai to give Roy Hodgson’s side a two-goal advantage going into the break.
The returning Wickham was brought on for the second half and netted his first goal for the SE25 outfit since November 2016 with an emphatic header that cannoned in off the bar, before academy prospects James Daly and Kian Flanagan finished off their National League opposition by turning in a rebound and finding the top corner from 25 yards respectively.
Here’s how Palace fans reacted to the action.
That was so enjoyable. Relaxed atmosphere, beer in hand, chance for the youth, few first team regulars. Can we have this every international break please? #cpfc
— Phil Walsh (@PhilJW103) October 11, 2018
Really pleased for you Connor, all of the #Cpfcfamily want to see you back out on the hallowed turf asap, all the very best. 😊💪❤️💙
— Richard Briggs 🦅❤️💙 (@Rich789) October 11, 2018
Surely a first team run is a must now. Feels long over due. What a finish.@SullayKaikai
— Tim Ashton (@TimAshton3) October 11, 2018
Don’t stop those. Beautiful header. He wasn’t far off scoring a hatful after coming on. I think the Daly goal had crossed the line and the keeper made a cracking save on to the post. Top work Connor. Great to see you back.
— Simon Bannister (@Bannister121) October 11, 2018
A palace forward hasn’t scored since forever, @ConnorWickham10 says hold my pint! 👊⚽️🔴🔵
— kestoneagle (@kestoneagle) October 11, 2018
Been a really tough run for you fella. Think every single #cpfc fan is happy to see you back and scoring. Now, let’s see you back where you belong. SE25!!
— SyGuy (@SyGuySharp) 12 October 2018