Match: Chelsea U18s v Aston Villa U18s
Date: Saturday 22nd September 2018
Competition: U18 Premier League
Venue: Cobham Training Centre
Nunn (19), Broja (50)
Sinisalo, Burton, Bridge, Patterson, McConnachie, Brunt, Tait, Ramsey, Vassilev, Odutayo (Wright), Sea. UNUSED SUBS: Guy, Sohna, Presley, Farr.
Story in brief
Aston Villa U18s fell to defeat for just the second time this season, going down 2-1 at Chelsea.
The hosts broke the deadlock inside 20 minutes when George Nunn's shot from distance skidded past the outstretched hand of Viljami Sinisalo in the Villa goal.
Villa did have chances to equalise, with the impressive Dimitri Sea forcing two good saves form the opposition goalkeeper.
But Chelsea scored again early in the second half to double their advantage, with Armando Broja getting on the scoresheet this time around.
The claret and blues pulled a goal back just after the hour mark following an excellent cross from Tyreik Wright, with Dimitri Sea connecting from close range.
Villa then had some excellent chances to equalise through Ethan Patterson and goal provider Wright going close, but ultimately lost out for the first time since the opening day of the season.
Late to the party
It wasn't until Chelsea's second goal that manager David Hughes saw his team play on the front foot and with the purpose he desired.
After the hosts doubled their advantage, Michael Tait forced a good save and Indianna Vassilev also went close, in addition to Patterson and Wright's near misses.
Still riding high
Four wins and only two defeats against top opposition in Chelsea and Arsenal – it's still been a strong start to the campaign for our U18s.
They've netted 16 times in six games to date to sit fourth in the U18 Premier League standings, just four points off the summit.
They'll now face Leicester City at home on Saturday 6th October.
"It was a disappointing performance in the first half that left us with a big challenge to claw back a result back from 2-0 down.
"The attitude of the players at 2-0 was very positive and, in the end, we should have come away with at least a point."