The Chelsea Development Squad are out of this season’s Checkatrade Trophy after falling to a 3-1 defeat to Sky Bet League One club Peterborough United at Stamford Bridge this evening.
The Blues took a first half lead courtesy of Richard Nartey’s goal but a second half collapse saw them bow out of the competition at the last-16 stage.
Both sides competed well during the first 45 minutes but clear goalscoring chances proved difficult to come by.
Chelsea had to wait until a minute before the break for their big chance and when it eventually came, they took it with defender Nartey thumping a header beyond visiting keeper Aaron Chapman into the net.
Peterborough United should have levelled soon after the interval but George Cooper fired an effort wide when in a great position to score.
The Posh did get their equalising goal 10 minutes later when winger Siriki Dembele cut in from out wide and curled a stunning strike into the corner of the net leaving home keeper Jamie Cumming a spectator.
Cumming then made a stunning stop to prevent Cooper from making it 2-1 before Steve Evans’ side did make the breakthrough when Ivan Toney prodded in from a Marcus Maddison cross.
The Sky Bet League One club were growing in confidence with every attack and they proved to be too good for Chelsea’s inexperienced youngsters. They grabbed a third goal with 17 minutes left on the clock when Maddison found space to place a shot beyond Cumming into the net.
Conor Gallagher almost made it 3-2 late on but his cheeky chip bounced off the bar on a disappointing night for Joe Edwards’ men.