Chelsea Under-18s scored two late goals as they battled back from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 with Southampton in the Under-18 Premier League South at Cobham this morning.
The Saints led thanks to goals from Christian Norton and Will Ferry but Ben Greenwood’s late effort gave the hosts hope before Pierre Ekwah Elimby levelled with virtually the last kick of the game.
A quiet first half saw Chelsea waste a couple of good chances to score with Henry Lawrence being guilty of some wayward finishing.
The Blues were made to pay for their slack shooting a minute before the break when Southampton took the lead. Caleb Watts put in a delicious cross to the back post and forward Norton was on hand to head the ball beyond Blues keeper Jake Askew into the net.
Southampton held their own for most of the second half. The Saints were well-organised and defended resolutely.
The visitors’ goal was rarely under threat and Southampton scored a second goal 11 minutes from time when Ferry beat the offside trap to slot the ball into the net.
Chelsea forced a way back into the game five minutes later when a George Nunn effort forced a save from visiting keeper Jack Bycroft and trialist Greenwood scrambled home the loose ball.
It didn’t look like the The Blues would find a winner until they were awarded a free-kick on the edge of the box deep in stoppage time. Ekwah Elimby stepped up to take the kick and made no mistake in finding the top corner of the net.
Chelsea are back in action on 2 February when they travel to Arsenal in the Under-18 Premier League South.