Andy Myers’ Chelsea Under-18 side have recorded a fifth straight victory in the Under-18 Premier League by beating Brighton & Hove Albion 2-1 at The Amex Elite Football Performance Centre.
Henry Lawrence bagged the winning goal in the second minute of second half stoppage time as Myers’ side continued their fine run.
George Nunn went close to scoring for The Blues early on but home keeper Roco Rees was alert to the danger and pulled off an impressive save.
Armando Broja was next to test Rees with an effort which caused little trouble for the Albion keeper before Thierno Ballo was denied when Rees made himself big to block the shot.
Chelsea went close to scoring again early in the second half but Rees did superbly well to tip a Broja looping header over the bar as the game remained goalless. Peter Gwargis then saw a shot go just over for the home side before Rees was on-hand to divert a Marcel Lewis cross to safety.
Myers’ men finally took the lead in the 76th minute when substitute Tino Anjorin thumped a shot into the net via the crossbar. The Blues’ lead lasted just a matter of minutes though with some poor defending leaving Albion captain Ryan Longman with plenty of time and space to tap in an equaliser.
The game looked to be heading towards ending in a draw until Lewis drove an ambitious cross into the box and Lawrence headed in a dramatic late winner.
Chelsea are back in action in a fortnight’s time when they travel to West Ham United in the Under-18 Premier League.