EFL Trophy Report: Exeter 1 Chelsea 1 (3-4 on pens)

Sharman-Lowe had mostly been a spectator but did have to leap to his right to stop McClelland inadvertently turning Jay’s cross into his own net.

Late leveller

With normal time almost up, Chelsea conceded a penalty out of nothing, McClelland tripping Ben Seymour just inside the box. Jay thumped his spot-kick down the middle with Exeter’s first shot on target, and so to a shoot-out we went to decide who would claim the extra point.


Vale scored to get us up and running, sending Lee the wrong way, and then Sharman-Lowe guessed right to stop Jay netting past him from 12 yards again.

Ben Elliott put us 2-0 up before Sam Nombe halved the deficit despite Sharman-Lowe choosing correctly. Nunn, Jevani Brown, Mbuyamba and Ben Seymour all finished with ease, giving Fiabema the chance to win it. He skied his effort, but James Dodd still had to score to keep the Grecians in it. He couldn’t, Sharman-Lowe’s outstretched leg superbly denying him, so the Blues grabbed a merited extra point.

What’s next?

The development squad play West Ham United away on Sunday with a noon kick-off. Our next fixture in this competition is on Wednesday 13 October at Bristol Rovers. 

Chelsea (3-4-2-1) Teddy Sharman-Lowe; Xavier Mbuyamba, Sam McClelland (c), Bashir Humphreys; Dion Rankine (Declan Frith 88), George McEachran, Ben Elliott, George Nunn; Jude Soonsup-Bell (Lewis Hall 83), Harvey Vale; Bryan Fiabema
Unused subs Lucas Bergstrom, Jimmy Smith, Luke Badley-Morgan, Alex Gilchrist, Silko Thomas
Scorer Fiabema 45

Exeter City (4-4-2): Harry Lee; Josh Key, Alfie Pond (Matt Jay 78), Jonathan Grounds, Callum Rowe; Jake Caprice (Michael Lilley 62), James Dodd (c), Jordan Dyer, Owaru Edwards (Jevani Brown 74); Sam Nombe, Ben Seymour.
Unused subs Scott Brown, George Ray, Pierce Sweeney, Alex Hartridge.
Scorer Jay 90+1 (pen)
Booked Lilley 80

Penalties: Vale (scored), Jay (saved), Elliott (scored), Nombe (scored), Nunn (scored), Brown (scored), Mbuyamba (scored), Seymour (scored), Fiabema (missed), Dodd (saved)

Referee Robert Lewis
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