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Chelsea's youth team fell to a second straight 4-2 defeat at Cobham on Saturday, as Southampton returned to the south coast with three points. Two Bobby Devyne strikes early in the second half had looked to have given the Blues a chance after they had fallen 3-0 behind in the first period but a penalty shortly afterwards denied any hopes of completing the comeback.

Chelsea started well when Amin Affane released left-back Reece Loudon, and his cross was almost turned goalwards by Buomesca Na Bangna, who then sent a header straight at the Saints goalkeeper after Toddy Kane had kept the move going.

Chelsea goalkeeper Jamal Blackman then launched a counter-attack with an excellent long throw, allowing Devyne to run through, but he slotted his effort just the wrong side of the far post.

Both sides were looking threatening and tidy, but it was the visitors who went in front on the quarter-hour, a cross from the right headed home by an unmarked attacker from 10 yards.

Chelsea responded well, and Na Bangna was unfortunate not to convert after Bobby Devyne had sent an angled ball over the Southampton defence, his looped effort slightly misjudged and underhit.

It was harsh on the Blues then that they went two down in the 23rd minute, a free-kick only half cleared, and when the ball was returned it fell nicely for a Saints player in space, who had time to control it and slot home between Blackman and the near post.

At the other end an Amin Affane free-kick resulted in a scramble in the Saints area, eventually cleared before a Chelsea toe could poke the ball home.

The third arrived on the stroke of half-time, when Southampton's left winger was allowed the time to cross and pick out his centre-forward six yards out, who sent a simple header in off the post.

Chelsea were handed a penalty in the opening couple of minutes of the second period, which Devyne despatched neatly to the goalkeeper's left.

The deficit was reduced further before the hour when schoolboy John Swift's excellent lofted pass put Devyne through and he made no mistake, lifting the ball up and over the keeper to score his second.

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Swift's joy was cut short two minutes later when his challenge inside the Chelsea area gave the Saints a penalty of their own, and although Blackman saved the initial effort, the taker hammered home the rebound.

The Blues continued to press but could not find a route to goal, and it was Blackman who kept the score down with a late flying save from a powerful drive.

Chelsea: Jamal Blackman; Ben Sampayo ©, Archange Nkumu, George Saville (sub Alex Davey 54), Reece Loudon (sub Adam Nditi h-t); Todd Kane, Anton Rodgers, Danny Stenning (sub. John Swift h-t), Amin Affane; Bobby Devyne, Buomesca Na Bangna.

Source: Chelsea FC

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