Crystal Palace’s U23s staged an impressive comeback from 2-0 down to South London neighbours Charlton to draw 2-2 in the second half yesterday afternoon.
The game had started off in rather dire fashion for the away side, with a 2-0 half-time deficit only looking likely to grow in the 45 minutes that remained. Curiously, the team’s performance in the second half was vastly improved, leading to a dramatic late comeback, inspired in large part by the individual efforts of Lee Chung-Yong.
Undoubtedly the most experienced player on the pitch, Chungy acted as a constant thorn in the side of the Addicks, winning the penalty kick that gave us a route back into the game after some neat footwork on the right wing. Jinking one way and then another, Lee was clearly clipped by a Charlton defender, allowing rising star Nya Kirby to cooly score his second penalty in consecutive games with a low finish to the keeper’s right.
The foothold that gave us was taken advantage of shortly after when Lee found himself in a few yards of space on the right flank once again. Looking up and whipping a delicious cross into the danger area, he saw it met powerfully by the head of Levi Lumeka, sparking wild celebrations from the youngsters as Chungy nonchalantly wandered back to the centre circle.
The South Korean international has become something of a forgotten man under Sam Allardyce but as yesterday proves, there is still some real class in his game, should we need back up for the likes of Townsend or Zaha in the final few weeks of the Premier League season.
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