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Crystal Palace U21s book Premier League International Cup final spot

Crystal Palace’s U21 side secured their place in the Premier League International Cup final after a 4-2 win over Everton at Selhurst Park.

In front of Oliver Glasner at SE25, Franco Umeh, who has been in and around the first team since the Austrian replaced Roy Hodgson, opened the scoring before half-time. 

Irish youngster Umeh met a pass into the box from Jemiah Umolu and sent a finish beyond Billy Crellin.

Umolu, who is on trial from West Ham, then got himself on the scoresheet three minutes after half-time when he turned Umeh’s low drive into the penalty area.

Everton pulled one back when Jenson Metcalfe whipped a cross into the box that escaped every Palace defender and crept into Joe Whitworth’s far post.

Danny Imray, who went with the first-team on the mid-season week in Marbella, scored in the 70th minute to put Palace 3-1 up.

Metcalfe converted a penalty to bring Everton back into the game with four minutes of normal time remaining, but Justin Devenny scored in added time to wrap up the game for the Eagles.

Darren Powell’s Eagles will take on PSV in this year’s final. The Dutch side beat the young Eagles 3-1 in the final last year.

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