Chelsea youth team came from behind to draw Tottenham U18 4-4.
This was the final league outing of the calendar year for our youngsters and Jody Morris made three changes from our most recent game – a 2-1 victory over Newcastle United in the Under-18 Cup a week.
The young Blues were trailing 3-1 at the break following an under-par first half and conceded the first goal of the game via a Spurs penalty kick. Despite reducing the deficit early after the restart, Spurs restored the two-goal lead before the hour mark. However, Jody Morris’s side refused to give up and netted twice in the final 10 minutes to stay six points clear at the top of the southern section.
Morris made a switch at the break, having earlier reverted to a 4-diamond-2 system, as Tariq Uwakwe replaced Panzo. Within four minutes of the restart, they had pulled it back to 3-2 after the referee awarded the second of the game’s three penalties. Brown went down after a defender’s push and Gallagher stepped up to convert, shuffling in his approach before clipping the ball down the middle.
However, just as they had done following their earlier goal, the Blues lost their momentum by conceding again. A neat one-two on the edge of the box fashioned the chance and Griffiths was clinical with his finish, slotted into the corner to make it 4-2.
Gallagher who had scored Chelsea’s second goal from the spot, took on responsibility from 12 yards once again and beat the keeper for Chelsea’s third in the 86th minute.
Two minutes later, Gallagher got his hatrick as he latched on to a rebound ball to level the scores and earn his team a deserved point.
Next up for Morris’s men is Scunthorpe United in the FA Youth Cup third round next Friday 15 December.