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Jong PSV beat Palace to win Premier League International Cup

24 May 2023
Scott Banks, Palace

Manager Darren Powell "immensely proud" as young Eagles suffer extra-time defeat

Jong PSV were crowned Premier League International Cup winners after a 3-1 extra-time victory against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.

The Premier League International Cup, now in its ninth year, features 12 of England's best Academy sides against 12 of the top development squads in the rest of Europe.

Palace, who had beaten Paris Saint-Germain 7-3 on their way to the final, went behind when Dante Sealy's first-half shot squirmed over the line.

See: Premier League International Cup explained

Encouraged by a bumper 5,941 crowd, Scott Banks levelled with a superb curler from the edge of the penalty area, with Jesusrun Rak-Sakyi and Kofi Balmer both denied by defensive blocks as the match headed into extra time.

Mathijs Tielemans' looping shot hit the woodwork for the visitors before Jason Van Duiven's effort put the Dutch side 2-1 up and Simon Colyn secured victory with a sublime free-kick. 

Although disappointed with the result, Palace U21s manager Darren Powell was "immensely proud" of his players and says the experience will be invaluable for their future development.

“I’m immensely proud of the boys,” Powell told the club's official website. “Just getting here in our first ever time entering the competition, playing the likes of Valencia, Liverpool, etc.

See: Crystal Palace U21s report

"You’ll see highs and lows like this in a first-team environment, you can hear and feel the crowd. It’s a good experience, and if and when the boys make it into a first-team environment they will also hear the opposite when you go to away games.

“Ultimately this is for their development. They’re learning, playing foreign opposition and learning different ways of how oppositions set themselves up and play."

PSV, who defeated the U21 sides of Arsenal, Manchester United and Everton en route to the final, are the first Dutch side to win the trophy.

"PSV are probably one of the best that we’ve come up against in the competition," added Powell. "It’s a massive learning curve to come up against this type of opposition." 

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