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For the second weekend running, Chelsea's Academy Under 18 side triumphed by a three goals to two margin with the winner coming in the closing minutes. This time they left it until the 90th minute itself before midfielder Sergio Tejera (pictured), who had already netted twice, was played in on goal and as the keeper came out towards him, he slipped a shot past which rebounded off the post for Jacob Mellis to swallow up the chance.

It completed a recovery from going 2-0 down to the young Canaries shortly after the break.

In the first-half, Chelsea's high level of possession created many chances but the finishing touch could not be found. The Norwich goalkeeper had an excellent game.


Tejera hit the post on 35 minutes but Norwich took the lead on 44 minutes when the ball was unfortunately given way when playing out from the back. Norwich crossed, it wasn't dealt with and they scored at the back post.

The damage was exacerbated when on 50 minutes, another piece of sloppy play out from the back led to a corner which was converted.

The fight-back began in the 62nd minute when Tejera scored. Another chance went begging shortly after and the wait for an equaliser continued until the 80th minute.

A very good diagonal ball from Michael Woods found Tejera and he slotted it past the keeper. Then Mellis made the difference at the death. Even then Norwich missed an opportunity to make it 3-3 before the final whistle went.

Coach Paul Clement reports:

'We came in at half-time really disappointed to be losing but we still felt if we kept going, we were going to create chances. Even then, Mellis hit the post on 75 minutes with the score still 2-1 to Norwich and we thought it wasn't going to be our day.

'There was a lot of jubilation from the players when we won it at the very end.

'I am pleased with the boys in the way we came back from two-down and we attacked very well but at the same time, I wasn't overly pleased with our defending.

'That is something we need to address in the forthcoming days and weeks. There isn't a reserve game this week which allowed us to play a strong side, missing only Lee Sawyer and Jordan Hibbert who are injured. Now we focus on our FA Youth Cup game on Thursday.'

Chelsea Rhys Taylor; Nana Ofori-Twumasi, Jeffrey Bruma, Patrick van Aanholt, Ben Gordon; Michael Woods, Jacob Mellis, Sergio Tejera; Miroslav Stoch, Adam Phillip (Frank Nouble), Gaël Kakuta (Morten Nielsen)

The FA Youth Cup fourth round tie against Shrewsbury is at Brentford FC's Griffin Park on Thursday, kick-off 7pm. Admission is £3 adults and £1 concessions.

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great win.. seems like the boys showed lot of character..

Yes they did show character to come back. However when you look at the team that we put out we should have thumped them. Taylor, Van Aanholt, Tejera, Woods and Stoch should all be a few levels above any of the opponents at this level in reality.

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