Crystal Palace’s U23s cruised to a 2-0 win over their South London neighbors Millwall on Monday afternoon at Dulwich Hamlet’s Champion Hill, thanks in part to superbly taken goal from academy star Andre Coker.
Having struggled for form towards the end of 2016, Richard Shaw’s youngsters have now recorded back to back victories, edging their way through a closely contested opening 45 minutes before asserting their dominance over Millwall in the second period.
It took the Eagles just three minutes of the second half to gain an advantage following an impressive run from Ryan King-Elliot who beat two players on his way into the penalty area before pulling the ball back to Noor Husin who calmly slotted a neat side-footed effort into the bottom corner.
After a mini revival from the Lions U23s, Coker provided a moment of stunning individual quality to kill the game off as a contest and force those watching from the sidelines to sit up and take notice. Showing rapid reactions, the youngster controlled a loose ball before turning his covering defender inside out on the right-hand side of the box and going on to dink a wonderfully controlled chip over a despairing Tom King in the opposition goal.
Having recently signed professional terms with the Eagles, Coker has long been held up as a potential star of the future by those who watch the youth team on a regular basis. Comfortable when taking on full-backs, Andre fits perfectly into the mould of what Palace fans expect from their youth players, teasing the opposition whenever the opportunity presents itself.
I personally guarantee that you’ll be impressed by Coker’s cheek and invention when you see it via the video above. There’s always an element of added satisfaction when you beat a local rival, a sensation that’s made all the better when you do so courtesy of some individual brilliance from one of your own.