EDS Avoid Hazardous Cliff To Gain First Point
The Elite Development Squad put in an impressive performance against a strong Chelsea side tonight and as a result were rewarded with their first point of the season...
Chelsea 0 City EDS 0 @ Griffin Park, Brentford
Johansen, Shay Facey, Jeremy Helan, George Evans, Kieran Kennedy, Reece Wabara, Adam Drury (Emyr Huws), Marcos Lopes (Alex Henshall), Jordy Mayfuila (Harry Bunn), Denis Suarez, Albert Rusnak.
Subs not used: Greg Leigh, Ian Lawlor.
Jamal Blackman, Todd Kane, Alex Davey, Nathan Ake, Aziz Deen-Conteh, George Saville, Lewis Baker, Nathaniel Chalobah, Patrick Bamford, Billy Clifford, Lucas Piazon.
Despite having less possession in the first half, it was City that looked the most likely to score. They didn't have to wait long for their first chance of the game; in the opening minites, Denis Suarez split the Chelsea defence with a beautiful through- ball into Jordy Mayfuila, unfortunately he found the arms of the Chelsea goalkeeper and not the back of the net.
The Spanish playmaker continued to cause Chelsea's defence problems, with his incisive passing. In the twentieth minute he found Mayfuila again; Mayfuila finished well, but the goal was ruled due to him straying offside.
Chelsea grew in confidence as the game progressed, with their best chance falling to Patrick Bamford; his shot had plenty behind it, but Johansen was equal to it, producing a quality save.
It was Chelsea who nearly broke the deadlock after half time, however, Billy Clifford couldn't keep his composure, putting the ball well wide of the target.
City fought back and began to put Chelsea under pressure. Albert Rusnak came closest to putting city ahead in the second half, but the Slovakian's effort was brilliantly saved by Blackman.
In the dying embers of the match, both teams had a chance to gain all three points; Chelsea's Billy Clifford's effort came back out after kissing the underside of the bar, Alex Henshall then made the City bench very nervy as he looked certain to wrap up all three points for the blues, but Blakckman managed to turn it away, securing a point for both teams in the process.
Overall, it was a great effort from the lads and a promising start to the season.
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