Report: Blues Under-18s 2-4 Chelsea Under-18s
Blues Under-18s were beaten by Chelsea in the Premier League South on Tuesday afternoon.
Despite taking an early lead through Brandon Khela, the visitors battled back in the second-half to take a 1-2 lead. Khela then scored his second to bring the team level, but two late goals saw Chelsea take the points as Birmingham City remain 13th in the table.
It was the home side who raced into the lead within the opening ten minutes. Khela was the recipient of a superb reverse pass played into feet by captain Rico Patterson and this was duly swept home by the 17-year-old.
After taking the lead, the hosts were happy to let Chelsea keep possession, whilst they settled into a solid shape and protected Brad Mayo’s goal. The stopper was only forced into one save before the break, parrying Ronnie Stutter’s effort to safety.
Ben Beresford then fired over as Blues threatened to double their lead but the first-half marked a solid effort from Martyn Olorenshaw’s side, who defended resolutely against an opposition outfit looking to gain ground on the top four.
With just four minutes on the clock in the second-half, Chelsea halved the deficit. Beresford was adjudged to have handled deliberately in the box, being shown a yellow card by referee Stuart Kane.
Leo Castledine, who had come close in the opening 45 scored the spot-kick, firing low to Mayo’s right despite the keeper getting a hand to the ball.
The visitors would make their pressure count again after 65 minutes, doubling their lead through Stutter who finished well after good work down the right. It was tough on Blues, who had weathered earlier pressure well - in particular Chris Ogor who made a succession of good tackles and blocks.
But continuing their never-say-die attitude, Blues continued to create openings and forced an equaliser six minutes from time. Chelsea keeper Teddy Curd was put under pressure by a high press and could only hack a clearance as far as Khela, who swept home with the goal at his mercy.
However, the away side would win with two goals right at the death. Stutter crashed in his second after good play down the Chelsea left before substitute Kiano Dyer scored from 20-yards with a thunderous half-volley.
The Under-18s are back in action when West Bromwich Albion visit Wast Hills Training Ground this Saturday, kick-off 11am.
Blues: Mayo, Willis (Mazwi 66), Manton, Ogor, Home, Rushton, Khela, Beresford, Patterson (captain), Williams (Dance 64), Carsley.
Subs not used: Brooks, Oduka, Hugenholtz.
Booking: Beresford 51, Mazwi 80.