With the man advantage West Brom had to respond and their change of shape forced Chelsea back in to our own half, giving us a lot of defending to do for the final 15 minutes.
West Brom were gifted a way back in to the game with 11 minutes remaining on the clock. The referee deemed Elliott to have fouled a home player in the area and pointed to the spot. Reyes Cleary stepped up and slammed home from 12 yards meaning just a single goal separated the sides.
Sami Tlemcani was called upon to make numerous stops in the dying moments and Chelsea’s Thomas will be disappointed he couldn’t add a fourth to wrap up the points a little earlier. Sprinting towards the box leaving his marker for dust, the youngster had just the keeper to beat, but a good save denied the visitors another goal.
There was a sigh of relief from those in blue when the full-time whistle went and Chelsea will be delighted with the character shown to come from behind despite playing with 10 for the majority of the game.
Up next for our youth team is the Under-17 Premier League Cup tie against Fulham, kick-off at Cobham on Wednesday afternoon is 4pm.
Chelsea 3-4-2-1 Sami Tlemcani; Alfie Gilchrist (c), Charlie Wiggett, Luke Badley-Morgan (Ronnie Stutter 47); Josh Brooking, Bashir Humphreys, Charlie Webster, Silko Thomas (Jimi Tauriainen 90+1); Ben Elliott, Joe Haigh (Derrick Abu 90+6); Harvey Vale
Unused subs Teddy Curd, Edwin Andersson
Booked Gilchrist 18; Vale 66; Webster 90+6
Sent off Brooking 35
Scorers Elliott 43; Haigh 59; Stutter 63
West Brom Jamie Emery, Lino Sousa, Ryan Grant, Caleb Taylor (c), Reece Hall, Reyes Cleary, Tim Iroegbunam (Jamie Andrews 69), Aurio Teixeria. Jacob Sheppherd (Sam Okaka 79), Tom Fellows, Mo Faal
Unused subs Ronnie Hollingshead, Vinnie Dwyer, Fenton Hoard
Booked Grant 51; Okaka 90+1
Scorers Fellows 19, Cleary 79 (pen)