Chelsea Under-18s have dropped their first points of the new season after being held by Leicester City Under-18s to a 1-1 draw at their Cobham training base this morning.
The Blues looked set to record back-to-back wins when Tino Anjorin netted four minutes from time but there was to be a sting in the tale when Sidnei Tavares scored a leveller at the death for the visitors.
Jack Wakely came closest to scoring for Chelsea in the first half but his header was pushed to safety by visiting keeper Jakub Stolarczyk while a powerful Anjorin strike sailed wide of goal. The Foxes striker Harrison Myring had the visitors’ best chance of the half but his effort caused Blues keeper Karlo Ziger no trouble.
Leicester City should have broken the deadlock early in the second period but Terell Pennant made a hash of his effort and Ziger tipped the ball away from danger.
Chelsea were in a real battle but the breakthrough came five minutes from time when Pierre Ekwah Elimby’s cross was swept into the net by Anjorin.
Andy Myers’ side looked to have won the match but Leicester City were awarded a late penalty kick when Blues substitute Henry Lawrence fouled Luke Thomas with two minutes to go. Tavares netted from 12 yards to earn his side a share of the spoils.
Chelsea are back in action next Saturday when they face Tottenham Hotspur at the North London club’s training centre.