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EDS Avoid Hazardous Cliff To Gain First Point

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

EDS team:

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.

The lads are in action again next Friday night, at home against Middlesbrough.

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The draw for the 2012/13 Champions League Group Stage will take place in Monaco on Thursday, 30th August. The opening round of games will kick off in the week commencing Monday, 17th September.

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Date:Friday August 17 2012
Time: 11:01PM


I thought we were by far the better team. I disagree completely with your "City looked like the most likely to score". Oh well, it was a u21 game after all. But plenty of talent on the pitch there was. Seriously this was probably the best 0-0 I ever watched. TOP quality football and great tempo. If it carries on like this, hats off to the FA. About bloody time really. Very, very pleased with what I saw today. Let's hope the other academies of the country have something to show as well. Only then there'll be a possibility to see some talented lads play for England instead of those tanks who have the physique of a tank and the football brain of a potato.
17/08/2012 23:31:00
As for your team. I thought Suarez was a class above the rest. Interesting lad. What's his nationality? And another lad as well, in defence. Blocked a lot of things. This one is definitely English I think. Or British at least.
17/08/2012 23:33:00
Suarez is Spanish and Reece Wabara is English. I completely agree, if all Under 21 games share the same standard of football, this season is going to be brilliant.
17/08/2012 23:48:00
Add to that the NextGen series for the u18's, the CL, the PL... We're in for a cracking 10 months.
18/08/2012 01:32:00
We certainly were better than city and they know it, suarez is very good...thorgan and lucas would be some of the stars to watch out for in this tournament along with billy clifford...suarez is pure class
18/08/2012 07:20:00
Great stuff from VMC's EDS man. It's going to be a fascinating season.
Johnny Baguette
18/08/2012 07:22:00
Nice one for the report Chris. I missed the first half hour of this. I believe after the first five minutes we became sloppy and let them in a few times. The last hour was a fairly even contest with Chelsea just edging it overall. Look forward to seeing how they develop over the season. I agree with the consensus, Suarez looked a class above.
18/08/2012 08:34:00
Chris I would love to have your oughts on who may possibly make the first team etc,obviously from one game yo cannot make an informed decision, but when they have played a few more games I am sure you will be able to see those who have and those tha don't.
buzz lightyear
18/08/2012 09:41:00
Buzz; after a few more games, I will do an article on the possiable prospects for this season. Mancini himself stated yesterday that he would like to give three or four players a chance this year. So that is defiantly on my to do list.
18/08/2012 09:52:00
Surprised we kept a clean sheet, our best youth defender Rekik was missing and Facey has only just moved up from U18s. Was a really good game I agree, Chelsea were the better team but we could just as easily have won (Suarez scuffing a shot at an open net, Henshall nearly snatching it at the death). Suarez and Piazon are future £20million players if they can reach their potential.
18/08/2012 14:11:00
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