The Chelsea development squad twice fought their way back from a goal down to record a 2-2 draw with Manchester City at The Academy Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
The home side took the lead on two occasions with goals from Lukas Nmecha and Thierry Ambrose but Adi Viveash’s Blues side battled back from the setbacks with strikes from Ike Ugbo and Mason Mount.
There was little to separate the two sides in Lancashire during a hard fought first half until Nmecha opened the scoring on the stroke of half time for the hosts. The City man found himself in a good position following a corner kick with just Chelsea keeper Brad Collins to beat and the striker did not disappoint as he expertly seized upon the opportunity to score.
Chelsea came out for the second half fighting and The Blues levelled within three minutes of the restart when striker Ugbo scuffed the ball into the net from close range.
Just after the hour mark, Chelsea again found themselves behind when some naive defending resulted in a loose ball finding it’s way to Ambrose who converted the chance from six yards out. The half time City substitute could have put the game to bed just minutes later when he was left one-on-one with Collins but The Blues keeper denied the player a second goal of the match.
With 13 minutes remaining, The Blues were handed a lifeline when City defender Cameron Humphreys picked up a second booking, reducing the home side to 10 men and with less than a minute of normal time remaining Chelsea levelled when Mount placed Jay Dasilva’s pass into the net.
Chelsea pushed for a winning goal in stoppage time but the home side hung on for a share of the spoils on a bitterly cold afternoon at The Academy Stadium.