The Chelsea Development Squad threw away a two-goal lead as they were defeated 3-2 by Liverpool in a Premier League 2 fixture on Merseyside this afternoon.
Conor Gallagher’s double had given Joe Edwards’ men a clear advantage but Liverpool fought back to win the match thanks to three goals in less than an hour.
Chelsea got off to a dream start when Tariq Lamptey’s cross found Gallagher who diverted the ball into the net from just a few yards out.
Gallagher and Tariq Uwakwe then went close to doubling The Blues’ lead but but players had shots saved by home keeper Caoimhin Kelleher.
The Reds keeper soon found himself denying Gallagher again before the Chelsea midfielder doubled both his and his side’s goal tally with a powerful finish following an excellent passage of play from The Blues.
The second goal produced a response from the home side and Glen McAuley was a goal-line clearance away from pulling a goal back before Liverpool were awarded a penalty kick when Lamptey was adjudged to have brought down Curtis Jones. Ben Woodburn stepped up to successfully convert the spot kick and hand his side a lifeline.
The home side levelled matters soon after the break when the impressive Woodburn teed up Abdi Sharif to fire the ball into the net.
Kelleher then blocked a Gallagher effort with the hat-trick beckoning before Charlie Brown had a goal ruled out for offside. Luke McCormick had penalty appeals dismissed for The Blues before Kelleher produced another good save to deny Billy Gilmour.
It look as though the match would end level until Liverpool grabbed a winner three minutes from time. Striker Jones bamboozled the Chelsea defence before striking a superb effort beyond Blues keeper Karlo Ziger into the back of the net.
Chelsea will look to bounce back from this afternoon’s defeat when they face Arsenal in their next match at Stamford Bridge on 15 April.