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Chelsea's Under 18s side netted a late goal to seal a 2-2 draw away to Ipswich Town this weekend.Despite taking an early lead through Anton Rodgers, Chelsea wereforced to comeback from a one-goal deficit as David Cawley and CaolanLavery both found the net for Ipswich.

A draw came as Billy Knott (pictured) equalised with only threeminutes left on the clock, sending a phenomenal strike into the topcorner from just inside the box.

The hosts dominated the first 10 minutes of football before Chelseatook the lead, with Aldi Haxhia denying a freekick from Ronan Murraybefore Luke Hyam headed inches over.

The opening goal came when Hyam fouled 20 yards out. Rodgers steppedup to expertly curl a shot over the wall and into the net. Ipswichkeeper Ian McLoughin could only watch as the ball crossed the line.

Minutes after the goal, Chelsea had another chance to score. Rodgersbroke down the right and released Bobby Devyne, only for McLoughin toprevent another goal for the visitors with a fine save.

Then Aliu Djalo nearly made it two. After Billy Knott sent a throughball into the box for Marko Mitrovic, the forward pulled the ball backfor captain Djalo, only for the subsequent shot to fly just high of itsmark.

But it would be Ipswich who'd score next. After Billy Clifford was ashown a yellow card for a late tackle, Murray nodded the ball down inthe box to Cawley, who drilled a volley past Haxhia.

The hosts made it two nine minutes into the second half when Laverymade a defence-splitting run before finally finishing with a low shotinto the bottom left from just inside the box.

Within minutes Ipswich had nearly made it three when a Cawley cornerfound Josh Meekings at the far post, but Djalo was waiting on the lineto clear from danger.

Ipswich then made several changes before Chelsea finally found the equaliser.

Mitrovic played the ball down the left flank, Knott collected andafter taking a few steps forward launched a screaming shot into the topcorner, 2-2.

'Ipswich were a really strong side and they played well,' said Chelsea youtn team manager Dermot Drummy after the game.

'We played mostly first years and to come back from a goal down and play good football showed the boys played really well.'

Chelsea (4-diamond-2): Aldi Haxhia; Ben Sampayo,Tom Hayden, Kenny Strickland, Billy Knott; George Saville, BillyClifford (James Ashton 75), Aliu Djalo, Anton Rodgers (Aziz Deen-ContehH-T); Bobby Devyne, Marko Mitrovic.

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A few good performances (Knott in particular) and a few duffers, they only went with 2 subs, keeping one on bench for the last few minutes but good to see a point away from home folling 4 defeats.

Heard both teams played the ball well, although Chelsea quite poor in the middle at times, conceding possession too easily and needless free-kicks, one they scored from. Mitrovic was quiet against a larger opponent, ball not sticking much, Djalo's miss was a shocker (wrong foot no excuse at this level) and Devyne was very quiet too. Surprised Rodgers was one to come off as he wasn't doing too badly.

Hope to get to Portsmouth game ths weekend.

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A few good performances (Knott in particular) and a few duffers, they only went with 2 subs, keeping one on bench for the last few minutes but good to see a point away from home folling 4 defeats.

Heard both teams played the ball well, although Chelsea quite poor in the middle at times, conceding possession too easily and needless free-kicks, one they scored from. Mitrovic was quiet against a larger opponent, ball not sticking much, Djalo's miss was a shocker (wrong foot no excuse at this level) and Devyne was very quiet too. Surprised Rodgers was one to come off as he wasn't doing too badly.

Hope to get to Portsmouth game ths weekend.

A young team was again put out, and teams like Ipswich tend to play older players than what we do and also they tend to be more physical than ours. As long as these boys are doing the right things with the ball and staying competitive then the result is less important as was shown is last nights reserve game. Have yet to see full highlights of this game so i will hold any judgement till then.

Still not convinced that Dermott Drummy is the right man to take these boys forward....... Steve Holland seems to be doing sterling work with the lads on reserve duty but since Dermott moved up from the U16's i have never really felt he was the right man for that job.

Do you get to many of the youth team games? If you do then it would be great to get a report of the game from you posted up here.....

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