Chelsea Under-18s have dropped points for the first time this season in the Under-18 Premier League as they were made to settle for a 1-1 draw at Brighton & Hove Albion.
Armando Broja fired The Blues ahead but Albion substitute Lorent Tolaj’s late goal ensured a share of the spoils for the hosts.
Chelsea had the better chances in the first half with Dynel Simeu heading a chance just wide and Jo Haigh testing home keeper Adam Desbois.
Brighton & Hove Albion were unlucky not to score themselves when Jack Leahy directed a header on goal but Chelsea keeper Lucas Bergstrom was able to push the ball to safety.
Ed Brand’s Chelsea side took the lead early in the second half when Valentino Livramento’s cross deflected into the path of Broja who was able to prod the ball into the net.
The second period produced few chances after that goal but the big goalscoring opportunity was to be taken by Brighton & Hove Albion. A delivery into the box was met by Tolaj who was able to head the ball down and beyond Bergstrom.
Haigh then capitalised on a mistake in the Brighton & Hove Albion defence to strike the ball into the home side’s net but the referee whistled for a foul and the goal was chalked off.
A dramatic final 10 minutes saw Xavier Simons sent-off for a reckless challenge before Bergstrom saved well from Tolaj at the death as Chelsea successfully held onto their point.
The Blues are back in action next Saturday when Reading are the visitors to Cobham.