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Post-Match Report

Match report: Chelsea 2-1 Arsenal U-18s

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Chelsea U18 -

Cobham Training Ground
U18 Premier League Cup
U18 Premier League Cup
  Chelsea U18
      
              Broja (16)
               Iling  (37)
          
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Chelsea U18
Broja (16) Iling (37)
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                  Oyegoke (78)
            
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Arsenal U18
Oyegoke (78)

WHAT HAPPENED

We narrowly missed out on qualification to the knockout stages of the Premier League Cup after an away defeat to Chelsea.

http hg7088.comThe hosts started strongly and came close when Lewis Bate drove with the ball and let fly from the edge of the box, but saw his effort crash against the post.  

http hg7088.comThe Blues' pressure eventually paid off when Bate won possession and played Armando Broja into the box, and the forward fired low past Hubert Graczyk.

http hg7088.comBroja should have grabbed his second shortly after when he muscled Daniel Oyegoke off the ball, drove into the box but saw his effort well saved by Graczyk from close range.

Chelsea did double their advantage in the 37th minute though, when Sam Iling pinched the ball from Alex Kirk, skipped past a challenge and powered a shot into the roof of the net.

On the stroke of half-time, the Blues would have been pulled further ahead had it not have been for a phenomenal double save by Graczyk, who denied Xavier Simons’ initial shot before reacting well to prevent his second attempt finding the back of the net.

We pulled a goal back with 10 minutes remaining of the match when Matthew Dennis won the ball, drove into the box and teed up Oyegoke, who slammed home from a tight angle. 

Despite a late onslaught, we couldn’t find the equalising goal and suffered our second defeat to Chelsea this season.

WHAT IT MEANS

We missed out on qualification to the knockout stages after finishing second in Group A with three points.  

WHAT’S NEXT

Ken Gillard’s side next face Swansea City at home in the Under-18 Premier League on Saturday, November 30 at 11am (UK time).

By Sam Cox

Interview

‘We had to dig deep… it was a real test’

Bould

Steve Bould hailed his youngsters’ performance as we overcame an experienced Villarreal side on Wednesday night.

http hg7088.comGoals from Nathan Tormey, Emile Smith Rowe and Trae Coyle secured an impressive Premier League International Cup win against a Yellow Submarine side, who play in the third tier of Spanish football.  

We spoke to Bould after the match and this is what he said:

on the performance…
I thought it was an excellent win, they were a very experienced side and they play in a proper league in Spain. They had a lot more older players than us who have experience in league football so it was a very tough game and they’re a good side, I know we won 3-0 but we had to really dig deep and I’m absolutely delighted with the performance.

on what we learned from the match…
http hg7088.com They learned how to win games because they know every trick in the book and they’ve got far more experience than our lads so it was a real test and it was a proper football game.

on our defensive performance…
http hg7088.com In all fairness I think they hit the post but apart from that I don’t think Karl Hein had to make too many saves. Another clean sheet gives us a real, proper performance against a very good side.

on the physical nature of the match…
I think our lads stood up in every level and they maybe had more possession than us so we had to work really hard, we kept them down to one, maybe two chances and then created quite a few chances ourselves. All round a good night for all of our players.

on the competition…
http hg7088.com You can’t buy that experience. For us the more games we can play like today, the better. If we can get matches against teams with experience when we haven’t got a game on, we should be looking to play these kind of teams. It’s just a great experience for us.