Chelsea development squad beat Exeter 4-3 on penalties last night after a 1-1 draw in normal time.
Bryan Fiabema’s clinical finish had given the young Blues a lead they thoroughly merited after a Xavier Mbuyamba’s long pass released him on the stroke of half-time.
The Blues dominated the game and goalkeeper Teddy Sharman-Lowe didn’t have a save of note to make until he was beaten by Exeter’s stoppage time penalty.
The Blues should have put the game beyond doubt before Exeter’s equaliser, with the excellent Dion Rankine and Jude Soonsup-Bell both going close on several occasions.
Sharman-Lowe was the hero in the shoot-out, impressively keeping out Exeter’s first and fifth penalties as the Blues won 4-3 on penalties.
The development squad play West Ham United away on Sunday with a noon kick-off. Our next fixture in this competition is on Wednesday 13 October at Bristol Rovers.
Chelsea (3-4-2-1) Teddy Sharman-Lowe; Xavier Mbuyamba, Sam McClelland (c), Bashir Humphreys; Dion Rankine (Declan Frith 88), George McEachran, Ben Elliott, George Nunn; Jude Soonsup-Bell (Lewis Hall 83), Harvey Vale; Bryan Fiabema
Unused subs Lucas Bergstrom, Jimmy Smith, Luke Badley-Morgan, Alex Gilchrist, Silko Thomas
Scorer Fiabema 45