Chelsea Under-18s have crashed out of this season’s Under-18 Premier League Cup after losing 2-1 after extra-time at Stoke City on Saturday morning.
George Nunn’s goal had given Chelsea an early lead in The Potteries but Stoke City fought back, taking the game to extra-time before netting a 105th-minute winner.
Chelsea took the lead in the seventh minute when Miles Peart-Harris beat home keeper Nathan Broome to the ball and slotted in Nunn to score from close range.
Stoke City had a great chance to level matters around the half-hour mark but Blues keeper Jake Askew did superbly well to deny Mo Sankoh with the player looking likely to find the back of the net.
Askew then acrobatically saved an Adam Porter effort before Stoke City equalised when Sankoh this time got the better of The Blues keeper, rounding him before tapping the ball home.
Stoke City really should have taken the lead early in the second period but Andre Godfrinne blazed over when it looked easier to score before the same player saw an effort crash off the woodwork.
Godfrinne went close twice more in the second half but was denied by Askew on both occasions before Marcel Lewis blasted an effort wide at the other end as the match ended 1-1 after 90 minutes.
The home side took the lead in the final minute of the first period of extra-time when Sankoh lashed the ball home. The same player had the ball in the back of the net again in the second period but his effort was ruled out for offside.
Chelsea were poor throughout and Stoke City deservedly qualified as winners if the tie.