Chelsea have been held to a 1-1 draw by League of Ireland Premier Division club Bohemians at Dalymount Park this evening.

Michy Batshuayi’s early goal fired The Blues ahead on his return to the side before a change to the XI at half-time resulted in Lampard’s men losing their grip on the match in the second half as the home side netted a late equaliser.

Lampard opted to play a different side in each half at Dalymount Park made up of a mix of academy players and first team stars. It was one of Chelsea’s forgotten men who opened the scoring in the eighth minute. Kenedy initially took aim at goal but his effort deflected into the path of Batshuayi who fired the ball into the net.

Chelsea dominated the remainder of the first period but were unable to punish the home side as they remained in the match.

A more youthful Chelsea side emerged for the second half which included the likes of Jamie Cumming, Billy Gilmour, Ike Ugbo and Charlie Brown. The Blues went close to adding to their lead early in the half but Billy Gilmour and Tiemoue Bakayoko were unable to beat home keeper James Talbot.

It looked as though Chelsea would see the game out but Bohemians were to score a late equaliser with trialist Eric Molloy scrambling in to give his chances of winning a contract a major boost.

Chelsea are back in action on Saturday when they take on St Patrick’s Athletic.

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I am Dan Pentland football writer and reporter at various levels including the English Football League, FA Women's Super League and in UEFA and FIFA affiliated competitions. In May 2015, I completed my childhood dream of visiting all 92 Football League grounds. Follow me on Twitter @DanPentlandpcuk

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