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MURPHY ON TARGET

Posted on 3 April 2006  - 12:00

Danny Murphy scored his first goal in our colours as the reserves drew 1-1 with Crystal Palace at Bromley FC on Monday evening.

Danny Murphy scored his first goal in our colours as the reserves drew 1-1 with Crystal Palace at Bromley FC on Monday evening.

The midfielder netted just before the break from a half volley following a corner, but Clive Allen's side just failed to mark their title success with another win as Palace levelled with five minutes remaining when a Glenn Wilson header looped into the net after a corner from the right.

Our side - featuring a return for Calum Davenport in central defence - started the game particularly brightly and Andy Reid prodded the ball through to set Lee Barnard clear on five minutes, but the 20-goal striker on this occasion dragged his shot across the face of the goal.

Barnard came close again on 19 minutes when Davenport managed to nod a deep cross back across goal and it was a battle between Barney and home keeper Julian Speroni as to who would make the decisive touch and the goalkeeper was a second quicker.

There was a brilliant move seven minutes later when a combination of Reid and Tom Huddlestone sent Kieran McKenna scurrying away down the right flank before he delivered a low cross that was volleyed just past the far post by Johnnie Jackson.

The Palace penalty area was being peppered with crosses from the flanks, with Barnard, Huddlestone and Jackson all coming close to making a telling connection, while it was the home side who nearly took the lead on 34 minutes when Lewis Grabban bundled his way through into our area and hit his shot just beyond Rob Burch's right hand post.

The second half was much less eventful after Murphy's pre-break intervention and Palace got back into the match in the early stages.

There were further significant chances - Murphy rounding the Speroni before his shot was blocked by a last-ditch challenge and the same player's free-kick being headed just over the bar by Davenport.

On 85 minutes Burch pulled off a superb save low to his left to deny Lewis Spence an equaliser, but it was from the resulting corner that Palace earned their point.

Team: Burch, McKenna, Jackson, Ghaly, Bunjevcevic, Davenport, Marney, Huddlestone, Barnard, Murphy, Reid. Subs not used: Mills, Forecast (GK), Lewis, Barcham, Martin.