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Chelsea Youth slipped to defeat after a second half controlled by the hosts but there was some good news as Adam Phillip (pictured) returned to competitive action. The striker has been out of action for seven months after injuring a cruciate ligament, but joined the game in the second half.

It was a much-changed side from the midweek Youth Cup win with just Rohan Ince starting both games. Schoolboy Milan Lalkovic was Chelsea's best player throughout this match. He was unlucky not to score in the first half when Jordan Tabor sent a well-placed cross to the far post. Unfortunately Lalkovic failed in his efforts to get on the end of the ball.

The referee then denied the Blues an opportunity to take the lead when he judged a foul on Lalkovic to have been committed outside of the box.

That was unfortunate because the Blues left the pitch 1-0 down at half time, after Portsmouth stole the opener with a break into the box and a scruffy shot 10 yards from goal, only two minutes before the break.

The half-time lead seemed to boost our opponents and Chelsea faltered in the second-half. A further three goals from Portsmouth secured them the win, as Chelsea's confidence began to fade.

Each of Portsmouth's goals in the final 45 minutes took Chelsea by surprise and were the result of defensive errors, which tainted the Blues' performance as we battled throughout.

Pompey's second was another scruffy goal, a close-range shot only three minutes into the half.

The closest Chelsea came to scoring was a Phillip chance, the returning man sending a shot skimming across the face of goal and inches past the post.

The home team's third goal came with 54 minutes played, when a clever combination from the strikers ended with a through-ball and shot just inside the box.

The final goal of the fixture was another shot from inside the box, reminiscent of the opener, which finally killed the game.

'It was pleasing to see the return of Adam Phillip and three Under 16s played full games in the youth side which was good for their development,' explained acting youth team manager Dermot Drummy.

'Other than that, in terms of the development, there is a lot more we need to do off the ball, but we'll take all this back to training and we will try to make it better.'

Chelsea (4-3-3): Sam Walker; Tom Hayden (Nikki Ahamed 70), Rohan Ince, Jack Saville, Aziz Deen-Conteh; Josh McEachran, Conor Clifford, Aliu Djalo (Daniel Philliskirk 65); Milan Lalkovic, Marko Mitrovic, Jordan Tabor (Adam Phillip 60).

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