It’s four wins out of four and 43 games unbeaten at home as Chelsea U18 defeated Arsenal U18 2-0 at Cobham earlier today.
Manager Jody Morris made one change from the 4-0 win away at Norwich City a fortnight previously, with summer signing Gilmour available to make his Chelsea debut after the club received his international clearance from FIFA.
Marc Guehi’s spectacular goal was the opener just after 7 minutes of play and his goal was followed by a brilliant strike from debutant Billy Gilmour on the 43rd minute.
Arsenal looked a stronger side in the second-half but couldn’t get one past the Chelsea goalkeeper Jamie Cumming.
For the U23 squad, the Chelsea development squad came from behind to lead at Cobham but were forced to settle for a Premier League 2 point at home to Sunderland, with the game ending 2-2.
Jake Clarke-Salter and Charly Musonda were handed much-needed match action, as they might have a role to play in the senior team.
Musonda started the game in good fashion as he created one of the early opening for the Blues, as the Belgian fed Christie-Davies down the right before goalkeeper James Talbot raced out to save with his feet as the angle narrowed.
Chelsea conceded a goal with 25 minutes on the clock. Sloppy passing out from the back saw Sunderland win possession and Bulka made a smart stop to deny Rees Greenwood before Robson’s effort into the ground looped kindly over the keeper and into the back of the net.
Chelsea overturned the scoreline within 10 minutes via Reece James, and four minutes later, it was 2-1 to Chelsea and Christie-Davies was involved again as he combined neatly with Grant on the left before the defender bent a brilliant curling effort into the far side of the goal, leaving the goalkeeper stranded helplessly.
With 18 minutes left to go, Sunderland levelled the scoreline. Bulka produced a super low save down to his left to push away Embleton’s bending effort but the Polish stopper could do absolutely nothing to keep out the equaliser with 18 minutes remaining.