Dougie Freedman puts a Crystal Palace shirt on again as Eagles beat Dulwich Hamlet
21:39 24 July 2012
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Pre-Season Friendly: Dulwich Hamlet 0 Crystal Palace 3
Crystal Palace manager Dougie Freedman put the red and blue shirt back on for the first time since 2008 as the Eagles triumphed against Dulwich Hamlet.
The 38-year-old won the biggest cheer of the night when he came on with 20 minutes remaining as the Eagles won thanks to goals from Kieron Woodley, Grant Taylor and Reise Allassani.
The south Londoners dominated proceedings on the whole from start to finish and were unfortunate not to add to their tally.
Kieran Cadogan twice went close early on but was unable to beat Phil Wilson in goal for the home side.
The former Stevenage man was in fine form and was alert enough to stop Bayan Fenwick and Kadell Daniel in quick succession.
But Dulwich should have had the lead midway through the first half when Kevan James was brought down in the penalty area.
Former West Ham goalkeeper Peter Kurucz dived well to his right to deny Hamlet’s Carl Wilson-Dennis from the spot midway through the first half.
The Eagles made nine changes at half-time with only Alex Marrow and Peter Kurucz surviving the alterations.
Crystal Palace took the lead six minutes into the second half with a wonderful flowing counter-attacking move.
Kurucz’s punch found Gus Sau who broke down the right. He set up Kieron Woodley, who beat Wilson with a shot into the far corner of the net to hand the Eagles the lead.
The frontman nearly had his second when he broke into the box but could only blaze his shot over the bar.
Dulwich nearly grabbed an equaliser as Erhan Otzumer’s long range effort went just over the bar with Kurucz beaten.
Palace manager Freedman brought himself on, much to the delight of the fans in the ground and he nearly set up Allassani to score with his second touch of the evening.
The Eagles boss nearly set up Sau as well but his curling effort was tipped round the post.
And from the resulting corner it was 2-0 when Taylor forced the ball home from Jerome Williams’ corner with just 12 minutes remaining.
The manager had his assist with seven minutes remaining when he picked out Allassani, whose long-range shot squirmed into the bottom corner.
The youngster returned the favour late on but Freedman could only hit the post with his effort, much to the disappointment of the fans in attendance and the full time whistle blew soon after.