A thrilling encounter saw Chelsea and Manchester City go head-to-head at St Georges Park, with the latter eventually triumphing with a 3-2 victory.
It was an even first half, with Chelsea’s youngsters controlling much of the game and pressing high with pace and an impressive level of intensity and Manchester City looking a constant threat on the counter. A cagey affair with a few half chances in the early stages for both teams but it was Chelsea who made the breakthrough after half an hour through the right foot of Marcel Lewis, who rounded the City keeper to slot home having latched on to a perfectly weighted pass from right back Tino Livramento. Lewis Bate was a stand out performer, constantly dictating the play, finding space all over the park and wriggling past many a citizen with his Iniesta-like dribbling style.
It was a Manchester City counter attack that saw them draw level with James McAtee finding the corner after some good play out wide from Doyle and Palmer. With a few half chances seeing centre back Simeu going closest for Chelsea and some more threatening breaks from City, the half ended a goal apiece. A solid half but some lacklustre passes and a press resistant City side, there was still work to do in the second 45.
The Second Half saw the introduction of Chelsea captain and star man Tino Anjorin, but it was City who started the brighter of the two sides, taking the lead early on through Morgan Rogers who finished off a Liam Delap cross from close range. However, it didn’t take long for Anjorin to make his mark on proceedings, slotting the ball through to Marcel Lewis, who’s shot took a cruel deflection off a City defender before nestling in the back of the net. An end to end rest of the game saw City go the closest with Braaf striking the post from distance. It was eventually Chelsea who fell short in the end, conceding a late winner from Cole Palmer who converted from close range in the 84th minute. A last minute opportunity for Chelsea went begging, with Peart-Harris’ header flying agonisingly wide of the post. A heart breaking defeat for the blues at the death, but a fitting tribute to former Manchester City youngster Jeremy Wisten who tragically took his own life last week.
A solid performance in a thrilling encounter, with plenty to look forward to and plenty of bright individual performances – but Manchester City were marginally better on the night.