Chelsea’s lead was a slender one as we entered the latter stages of the game and the next goal would surely decide the tie. Myers changed his forward man in an attempt to make sure it went our way with Jude Soonsup-Bell replacing Fiabema.
The Gunners were always quick on the counter and strong defending from Sam McClelland and Sterling kept our hosts at arm’s length, but only until the 81st minute. Wady got a hand to the strike but a wicked deflection on Charlie Patino’s hit forced its way in to the back of the net for the equalising goal.
For the final chance of the game Chelsea were patient in working our way up the field. Dion Rankine picked out Lewis in the centre who had the chance to seal the win but couldn’t find the target as he lost his balance at the moment of contact and that saw the entertaining London derby end level.
In 10 days Myers takes his side to Derby County for battle, kick-off at the Loughborough University stadium is 7pm.
Chelsea 3-4-2-1 Ethan Wady; Levi Colwill (c), Sam McClelland, Dujon Sterling; George Nunn (Dion Rankine 62), George McEachran, Lewis Bate, Tino Livramento; Marcel Lewis, Thierno Ballo; Bryan Fiabema (Jude Soonsup-Bell 75)
Unused subs Jake Askew, Pierre Ekwah-Elimby
Booked Bate 47
Scorers Ballo 11, Lewis 32
Arsenal Karl Hein, Ryan Alebiosu, Jonathan Dinzeyi, Alex Kirk, Joel Lopez, Tim Akinola, Charlie Patino, Ben Cottrell, Nikolaj Moller, Reiss Nelson, Folarin Balogun (c)
Unused subs Tom Smith, Daniel Oyegoke, Mazeed Ogungbo, Catalin Cirjan, Taylor-Hart
Booked Alebiosu 30
Scorers Nelson 29, Patino 81