UNDER-19S TAKE POINT FROM THE NORTH
The Chelsea Under-19 side remained in contention for a place in the knockout stages of the NextGen tournament with a 1-1 draw away in Norway on Wednesday night.
Molde were the opposition for our third group game in the Champions League-style competition for this age group, which the club has entered for the first time this season.
The home side took the lead on the hour when Jan Tidjani Aboubacar scored but the young Chelsea team kept pushing for an equaliser and were rewarded when two substitutes combined - Isak Ssewankambo (pictured) netting from a Reece Mitchell cross three minutes from time.
'Molde were decent opposition but we played some good football and should have taken more of our chances,' reports manager Dermot Drummy.
'We went 1-0 down after not picking up the scorer from a corner but the young lads acquitted themselves really well and worked hard to get a point.
'We nearly scored when a cross was almost turned into their own net by Molde, it just missed the post, and Reece Mitchell had a header that went close from an Islam Feruz cross just before our goal.
'It was very cold but it was a beautiful setting and we were looked after very well by the hosts. All in all it was a great experience in travelling for all these young players.'
The point leaves Chelsea third in our group with four points, two behind Ajax and eight behind CSKA Moscow but the Russians have played two games more. Two of our remaining three group games are at home, starting next Thursday when Molde visit Cobham.
The top two in each of the four groups go through to the knockout stage, as do the four best third-placed sides.
The Chelsea U19 side was:
Jamal Blackman, Fankaty Dabo, Alex Davey, Dion Conroy, Adam Nditi, John Swift (Reece Mitchell), Lewis Baker, Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Isak Ssewankambo), Islam Feruz (Alex Kiwomya), Patrick Bamford (Connor Hunte), Jeremie Boga.
Chelsea Under 21s are in action on Sunday, away to Manchester City at Hyde FC, with a noon kick-off.