BFC Shadow Youth Team 2 – Chelsea FC 3

BFC Shadow Youth Team 2 – Chelsea FC 3

Love was not in the air for the Clarets on Valentine’s Day as the team came out second best against Chelsea. On Tuesday 14th February, the Shadow Youth Team travelled to London to take on Chelsea in the U19’s National Football Youth Reserve League. With the Clarets on a high from the impressive performances against Portsmouth and Wycombe confidence was high going into the fixture.

The first half started positively for the Shadow Youth Team, a quick counter from Connor Lucas driving in from the right-hand side saw his shot saved by the keeper. After an exciting start, the game struggled to find any flow, with both sides becoming frustrated as neither team looked to take control of the game. It was Chelsea who got the break through with counter attack down the right-hand side and a scrappy finish deflecting off the Clarets Goal Keeper Henry Bunting-Jones.


In the 22nd minute the Shadow Youth Team found the breakthrough that was desperately needed, clever link up play from Tomi Omotayo and Connor Lucas saw Omotayo carry on his fine run in front of goal. With minutes to go in the first half Chelsea countered once again to take the lead 2-1.


Substitutes Luke Tabone and Clinton Agho were introduced at half time with great effect. Agho got himself into some great positions in front of goal but was unable to take advantage as the clarets frustrations grew even more. Josh Ilesamni was introduced (63 minutes) and proved to be a well thought out substitution, with his first involvement Ilesamni broke free on the left-hand side and fired home from distance. The Clarets looked set for a strong finish with chance after chance arising however, they just couldn’t find that killer finish.


With fifteen minutes to go Chelsea won a corner, individual mistakes lead to the ball falling to a Chelsea player in the area who finished confidently past the helpless Shadow Youth Team keeper Henry Bunting-Jones.


Shadow Youth Team Coach, Danny Morville said “A frustrating day at the office. I didn’t feel we were anywhere near our best, but still probably did enough to win it. However, I think that says a lot about our quality. I feel if we were a little more clinical in front of goal, we could have comfortably come away with a win, we had some great chances. On the flip side, credit to Chelsea, they started quickly while we struggled to shake off the 6-hour journey, they broke quickly and played to their strengths. We learnt more about ourselves and our opponents. We’ll be ready for the return fixture.”


BFC Shadow Youth Team: Bunting-Jones, Brewer (Tabone), Gavin, Enow, Hylton, Sanni, Richmond ©, Omotayo (Ilesamni), Agheyisi (Agho), Lucas (Wainman), Kanu (Ilesamni).


Substitutes: Wainman, Heap, Agho, Tabone, Ilesamni, Eti


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