Late Everton push
Everton weren’t about to let us see out the game easily though and threatened from then on. Forward Nathan Broadhead went racing into the centre and collected Tom Cannon’s cross seemingly with only Karlo Ziger to beat, but a heroic recovering block from Sam McClelland kept our lead intact.
Then, a partially-cleared Everton free-kick was volleyed towards goal by Ryan Astley who tried his luck from distance. Fortunately for us the crossbar would eventually come to our own rescue as the ball bounced off the woodwork and out of play.
Ziger was required to make his first and only save of the evening after 84 minutes and thankfully he did so well. Everton were in behind our defence and had three men in yellow racing down on goal, the Croatian keeper spread himself well and was equal to the shot. Countless clearances were needed by our defenders in the final minutes as the boys did well and clinched the first three points of 2021 on home soil.
Next up for the development squad is Manchester City in PL2. Kick-off at Cobham on Sunday 21 March is 10:30am. While our Under-18s take on West Brom at Cobham tomorrow (Saturday) afternoon, kick-off is 12 noon.
Chelsea Karlo Ziger; Dujon Sterling, Sam McClelland, Levi Colwill; Henry Lawrence, George McEachran, Lewis Bate (c), Valentino Livramento; Thierno Ballo (Dynel Simeu 86), Marcel Lewis (Harvey Vale 68), Jude Soonsup-Bell (George Nunn 17)
Unused subs Ethan Wady, Quevin De Castro
Booked Livramento 79
Scorer Ballo 36, 68
Everton Harry Tyrer, Kyle John Thierry Small, Ryan Astley, Con Ouzoundis, Joe Anderson, Einer Iversen (Mackenzie Hunt 84), Luke Butterfield (Tom Cannon 72), Nathan Broadhead, Isaac Price, Rhys Hughes
Unused subs Jack Barret, Rhys Welch
Booked Price 63; Astley 66
Scorer Hughes 45
Referee Elliott Swallow