Chelsea Under-18s have returned to winning ways in the Under-18 Premier League by beating Brighton & Hove Albion at Cobham on Friday evening.
Summer signing Billy Gilmour grabbed the only goal of the match late in the second half on a chilly evening in Surrey.
Chelsea had beaten The Seagulls 3-0 away from home in their last outing in the Under-18 Premier League Cup almost two weeks ago and started well in their latest meeting with striker Charlie Brown firing two efforts off target.
Brown won a penalty for The Blues when he caught out visiting keeper Tom McGill who pulled the player down in the area. McGill made up for his error by saving Brown’s spot kick.
Marc Guehi was next to trouble the Albion keeper but his header struck the bar before a Brown lob dipped just over. The visitors’ only real effort of the first half came from an Isaac Hutchinson strike which flew wide of the target while Guehi, Conor Gallagher and George McEachran went close to breaking the deadlock for The Blues before the interval.
The start of the second half saw Guehi register a shot on target with a tame header before defender Marcel Lavinier blasted a chance wide. McEachran was then unlucky to see an effort deflect off target.
The second period failed to provide the goalmouth action that was witnessed in the first half but with 10 minutes of the match remaining, Scotland born midfielder Gilmour curled a stunning free-kick into the net.
The visitors searched for an equaliser with substitute Teddy Hoare firing wide before Gallagher failed to make the most of a good opportunity at the death as the match ended 1-0 in Chelsea’s favour.
Jody Morris’ men are back in action next Saturday when West Ham United are the visitors to Cobham.