Crystal Palace 1 (Easter 20)
Wolves 1 (McAlinden 51)
The Wolves under 21s came from a goal down to take a point from their game with Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park thanks to Liam McAlinden’s eighth goal of the season.
After a virtually chanceless opening 20 minutes, former Molineux Academy graduate Jermaine Easter fired Palace into the lead from eight yards after the Wolves defence had failed to clear its lines.
It took a good save from Dorus De Vries to stop Easter adding to his tally with a drive from just outside the area that the Dutch keeper managed to turn around the post.
There was a chance for Frank Nouble to level matters when he ran through but he shot over the bar then an Anthony Forde cross went straight through the goalmouth and clipped the far post before going behind.
Palace were awarded a 35th minute penalty after David Davis’s tackle from behind on Easter. Aaron Wilbraham stepped up to take the kick but De Vries guessed correctly, diving to his right to turn the ball aside.
Shortly before the interval, Wilbraham tried to curl the ball inside the post but his effort was wide of the mark.
Half-Time: Palace 1 Wolves 0
Wanderers made a strong start to the second period and in the 48th minute, after McAlinden’s shot had been saved, the rebound fell for Jack Price to set up Forde whose shot hit the bar.
But the equaliser wasn’t far away and it arrived in the 51st minute after home keeper Lewis Price had tipped over a McAlinden shot. From Zeli Ismail’s corner the ball was headed down by Forde to McAlinden who steered it home.
Forde wasn’t far off giving Wolves the lead with a free-kick from just outside the box that flew just wide, and Ronald Zubar ventured upfield but shot over from 15-yards.
McAlinden almost snatched the winner three minutes from the end with a low shot that was inches away before, in stoppage time, there was a chance for Palace when Easter hammered a 25-yard drive that was just as close.
Palace: Price, Taylor, Daniel (Parsons 58), Martin, Chambers (Akaruka 73), O’Keefe, Banton (Kaikai 73), Boateng, Wilbraham, Allassani, Easter.
Unused subs: Fenwick, Fitzsimons.
Wolves: De Vries, Kostrna, Ihiekwe, Price, Zubar, Tank, Forde, Davis, Nouble, McAlinden, Ismail (Gorman 73).
Unused subs: Cotman, Cranston, Jakobsson, Whittall.
Referee: C. Powell.