The Chelsea Development Squad are out of this season’s Leasing.com Trophy after throwing away a two-goal lead at Walsall last night.
The Blues were leading 2-0 but a second half collapse saw them concede three times as they exited the competition at the first knockout stage.
Chelsea took the lead inside three minutes at The Banks’s Stadium when Tariq Lamptey beat home keeper Liam Roberts to the ball and the defender tapped home into an unguarded net.
It was Lamptey who was again on the scoresheet seven minutes later when he connected with a low cross and rifled the ball beyond Roberts.
Walsall improved as the half went on but Blues keeper Jamie Cumming was largely untroubled other than performing a couple of routine saves.
The Saddlers were given a lifeline seven minutes into the second half when they were awarded a penalty kick. Caolan Lavery stepped up to successfully reduce the arrears from 12 yards.
The home side thought they had levelled the tie when Rory Gaffney scrambled the ball home but his effort was ruled out for a foul.
Walsall did equalise 11 minutes from time when Wes McDonald thumped the ball home off the post and Darrell Clarke’s side capped off a stunning comeback in injury time when Gaffney crossed for Daniel Scarr to volley home the winner.
The result means that Chelsea’s wait for a Wembley appearance in the competition goes on.