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Chelsea faced a tough Coventry side this weekend, losing a one-goal lead established by Philipp Prosenik in the first half. Both sides were committed to attacking, entertaining football throughout in front of an impressive crowd on a sunny afternoon at the Alan Higgs Centre.

Rohan Ince and Billy Clifford both featured in the youth team for the first time since the FA Youth Cup Final, playing 45 minutes a piece.

City were first to find to the net, despite the referee already blowing his whistle. Jonson Harris lobbed Jamal Blackman on that occasion, while the Chelsea keeper played to the whistle instead of attempting to stop the ball.

George Saville then forced two consecutive and acrobatic saves from Coventry keeper Lee Burge but it took until the 33rd minute for Chelsea to find the net.

When the hosts appealed for a freekick on the right flank, the referee waved play on, allowing the Blues a chance to counter.

Devyne then set up Prosenik with a superb ball before the goalscorer expertly slotted home to give Chelsea the lead.

The Under 18s went into the break 1-0 up and boasted the better play at the start of the second-half. It was Coventry who'd find the net next though.

With 66 minutes gone the hosts pulled equalised. A cross from Arron Phillips eventually fell to Harris who drilled a shot under Blackman and into the back of the net.

Chelsea failed to find a second goal as both sides battled for possession in midfield, despite having the better exchanges in the latter part of the game.

'It was a really tough away game,' said youth team manager Dermot Drummy.

'There was a lot of tackles and it wasn't a very flowing game but the boys are competing, so I am pleased with the performance.'

Chelsea (4-3-3): Jamal Blackman; Ben Sampayo ©, Rohan Ince (Buomesca Na Bangna h-t), Archange Nkumu, Amin Affane; Anton Rodgers, Billy Clifford (Danny Stenning h-t), Todd Kane; Philipp Prosenik, George Saville, Bobby Devyne (Reece Loudon 65).

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What the heck is wrong with our boys lately. Neither Academy nor Reserves Team can't win games. Come on guys, step up, you are the future of this club.

Don't forget that results are not priority number 1 at this level of football - and never will be at CFC. If we wanted to win every week we would field our strongest team (i.e FA Youth Cup team) but that is not the point, we move them up to the reserves and then at reserves they miss games as they are with the first team....

It's all about player development, league results in the youth and reserves last season (and basically every season) were the same but we still won the FA Youth Cup and brought through a number of players to the first team....

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Don't forget that results are not priority number 1 at this level of football - and never will be at CFC. If we wanted to win every week we would field our strongest team (i.e FA Youth Cup team) but that is not the point, we move them up to the reserves and then at reserves they miss games as they are with the first team....

It's all about player development, league results in the youth and reserves last season (and basically every season) were the same but we still won the FA Youth Cup and brought through a number of players to the first team....

AGREE player development is the priority ..was a little disappointed with the release of Sinclair and the failure of Mancienne .Cork and Bertrand to

make the squad this year .Considering those 3 are U21 internationals still wonder if they have a future with us ,,,would be saddened if none

of them make it

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