Chelsea Under-18s were held to a 2-2 draw by London rivals Arsenal at Cobham this morning in their first fixture of 2020 in the Under-18 Premier League South.
Ed Brand’s side were 2-0 up going into the last 10 minutes of the game but two late goals rescued an unlikely point for struggling Arsenal.
Chelsea started brightly in Surrey and visiting keeper Hubert Graczyk had to be on top form to deny before Xavier Simons and Miles Peart-Harris from opening the scoring.
The Blues took the lead just after the half-hour mark when the ball bounced nicely for Marcel Lewis and the player looped his shot over Graczyk into the back of the net.
The second half saw Dennis Mathew’s shot fly just wide for the visitors before Graczyk pulled off an impressive save to deny Lewis a brace at the other end.
George Nunn then saw a shot blocked by the Arsenal keeper before Chelsea doubled their lead when Joe Haigh headed home from a Samuel Iling-Junior cross.
The South West Londoners looked to have the victory wrapped up until two late Arsenal goals resulted in them dropping two points. First, Sam Greenwood curled in a sublime free-kick to make it 2-1 with 10 minutes remaining before Mathew scrambled in The Gunners’ second after Chelsea had failed to deal with a corner kick.
Despite having to settle for a draw, Chelsea remain three points clear at the top of the table after 12 matches.