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Torquay United 0 - 1 Chelsea Reserves (Pre Season Friendly)


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Chelsea reserves recorded their first victory of the pre-season with an away win against Torquay United on Saturday. Miroslav Stoch scored with a crisply struck 22-yard free kick that curled beautifully into the top corner. It was the only goal in a game that saw the young reserve side control possession throughout.

Youth team manager Paul Clement was leading from the touchline and selected an attacking 4-3-3 formation as he stood in for Brendan Rodgers, who was at Cobham to look after the first team players who remained in England while the rest travelled to the Far East.

During the first-half, Chelsea put in an expert performance against Torquay's 4-4-2 set up, but it was the hosts who had the best chance in the first 10 minutes, forcing an acrobatic save from Rhys Taylor (pictured), who dived low to prevent a Torquay shot finding the back of the net.

Lee Sawyer then retaliated with a curling shot at the other end which was deflected from its target by the Torquay defence.

With 20 minutes played, Torquay changed their formation slightly, with a different set up in midfield to try to combat Chelsea's aggressive game play, but the reserves held strong and continued to press the Torquay defence.

Morten Nielsen had Chelsea's best chance before the opener when Stoch danced down the right flank and launched a low cross to the Dane, but the forward failed to connect substantially enough.

It took another 13 minutes for the Blues to take the lead when Jacob Mellis broke down the centre before being brought down just outside the edge of the box.

Stoch then whipped the free-kick over the wall and into the top corner; a fantastic goal to give the Blues the lead in the 38th minute.

Chelsea continued to control the game and tapped away at the Torquay defence.

The only threat the home side posed was on the counter attack, when the Blues gave away possession in their attempts to find a second goal.

Chelsea could be content with the first-half performance against the Conference side but one change took place before the second half began with Nana Ofori-Twumasi coming on for Jeffrey Bruma in the centre-back position.

The second half saw a change in Torquay's performance as they began to play more direct football and found opportunities to get the ball into the Blues' box, causing a few problems for the Chelsea defence.

Fabio Ferreira helped the Blues hit back at Torquay's advances with a glancing header which skimmed the far post after latching on a Daniel Philliskirk ball into the box.

Chelsea finished the game strongly, despite slight fatigue, managing to keep possession and prevent any further advances from Torquay, who were also tiring as the game drew to a close.

'It is a pleasing result considering it was against a proper men's Conference team, especially when you consider we had an average age of about 17-and-a-half-years old,' said Clement after the game.

'To win and win well is very good.'

By Christian Collison

Chelsea (4-3-3): Rhys Taylor; Shaun Cummings, Jeffrey Bruma (Nana Ofori-Twumasi h-t), Liam Bridcutt, Patrick van Aanholt; Michael Woods, Jacob Mellis (Jacopo Sala), Sergio Tejera (Ricardo Fernandes 75); Miroslav Stoch (Fabio Ferreira 75), Morten Nielsen (Daniel Philliskirk 70), Lee Sawyer.

Source: Chelsea FC

Edited by EskWeston
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