Chelsea Under-18s have continued their challenge for the league title with a narrow 1-0 victory over Aston Villa Under-18s in The Midlands on Saturday morning.
Villa have been tough opponents for The Blues in recent years but Andy Myers’ side managed to get the win thanks to a George Nunn goal and two penalty saves from goalkeeper Nicolas Tie.
Aaron Pressley went close to breaking the deadlock for the home side early on but Blues keeper Tie got a hand behind his shot and directed the ball out for a corner kick.
Dynel Simeu then drove in a shot on goal for the visitors which was cleared off the line by a Villa defender before the home side were awarded a penalty kick when Indiana Vassilev was brought down by Jon Russell in the area. It was Vassilev who stepped up to take the spot kick but Blues keeper Tie was equal to it as the scoreline remained at 0-0.
Villa had further chances to take the lead before the interval. First Ethan Patterson fired a weak shot at Tie before Ben Guy’s effort needed greater intervention from the Chelsea keeper.
Chelsea took the lead eight minutes into the second half when home keeper Viljami Sinisalo twice denied Marcel Lewis before Nunn finally smashed the ball into the back of the net.
Villa were soon given a chance to get back into the match when Tie was adjudged to have brought down Pressley in the box. This time it was Pressley who took the penalty kick but there was the same outcome as Tie saved his second spot kick of the match.
The home side pressed Chelsea back during the final half-hour of the match as they searched for an equaliser but The Blues defence held firm and were largely untroubled as Myers’ side held on for the win.
Chelsea are back in action on Friday evening when they travel to Arsenal in the Under-18 Premier League.