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Gillingham Reserves 0 Crystal Palace Reserves 1

By Luke Cawdell
Alan Julian
Alan Julian

Alan Julian had to pull off a number of good saves to keep Crystal Palace reserves down to a single goal at Priestfield on Wednesday afternoon.

Palace reserves, under the watchful eye of boss Ronnie Jepson, won the Combination League fixture 1-0 thanks to a goal from Kieron Cadogan.

It could have been more in the second half but Julian made a number of good saves.

Gills boss Mark Stimson named a strong side for the game against his predecessor with experienced pros such as Adam Miller, Chris Palmer and Garry Richards in the line-up.

Stimson also handed a trial to big Nigerian striker Amodou Abdullei. He was recently on target for Brighton reserves and made a second half appearance on Wednesday.

Also trying to impress up-front was Gabriel Odunaike, but he was unable to get on the scoresheet. The Gills also handed another trial to former Dagenham defender Jake Hall.

Palace won the game courtesy of Cadogan’s first half goal and he also struck the post late in the second half.

Julian (pictured) blocked well from Hakeem Adelakum and saved one-handed to deny Jerry Nnamani, while Richards made good blocks after efforts from Nathaniel Pinney and Ryan Smith.

Gills: Julian, Payne, Palmer, Wynter, Richards, Yussuff, Rooney, Miller, Cumbers (Abdullei), Odunaike (Hall), Pugh (Stimson). Subs not used: Quinn, Essam.

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