Both of Chelsea’s senior academy sides were in action on Saturday with the Under-18s travelling to Blackburn Rovers in the Under-18 Premier League Cup while the Development Squad faced Leicester City in the Premier League 2 at Holmes Park.

Both sides are going well in their respective divisions so far this season and two positive results were recorded from their latest fixtures.

Ed Brand’s Under-18s took on Blackburn Rovers in their first Under-18 Premier League Cup group fixture of the season.  An inexperienced Blues side was fielded in Lancashire but they came out on top with Marcel Lewis and Sam McClelland netting in a 2-0 win.

Chelsea face Wolverhampton Wanderers and Arsenal in their remaining two group fixtures.

At Holmes Park, the Leicester City and Chelsea Development Squads contested a Premier League 2 fixture and the two sides could not be separated as they played out a 2-2 draw.

Disaster struck for Joe Edwards’ men after just four minutes when goalkeeper Nicolas Tie wrongly picked the ball up following a back pass and George Hirst fired the ball home as Chelsea struggled to organise themselves for the resultant set piece.

The home side netted a second goal of the afternoon just before the break when Tie fouled Callum Wright in the area and Hirst slotted home from the penalty spot to complete his brace.

Edwards will have had have some harsh words for his Blues side at half time and they came out a different side in the second half.

Chelsea reduced the arrears 20 minutes into the half when Thierno Ballo passed the ball to half-time substitute Tino Anjorin and the forward curled home from 18 yards.

The roles were reversed for The Blues deep in second half injury time with Anjorin crossing for Ballo to head the back into the back of the Leicester City net.

Chelsea’s Under-18s travel to Leicester City themselves next weekend while the Development Squad do not play again until 18 October when Arsenal are the visitors to The EBB Stadium in Aldershot.

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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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