Match Report

PL2 report: Tottenham 1 Chelsea 4

A four-midable development squad performance saw us complete a derby double over Spurs this season with goals from George McEachran, Thierno Ballo, Harvey Vale and George Nunn.

This game's reverse fixture was one that had everything. Five goals, two red cards and plenty of talking points. 3-2 Chelsea was the eventual result that evening as goals from Myles Peart-Harris (2) and Marcel Lewis helped us return to the top of the PL2 table before Christmas.

Today’s game wasn't much different, we had five goals and three penalties awarded, even if only two were converted. We were in complete control from the referee’s first whistle and a two-goal lead would be the reward of an impressive half-hour’s work with goals from McEachran (pen) and Ballo.

A home goal on the stroke of half time meant we had some work to do, but Harvey Vale ensured it was only a consolation after heading us into a 3-1 lead moments after the restart. George Nunn wrapped up the afternoon’s work in north London and the win moves us into second place with three games left to play.

Starting XI

There were four changes to the team Andy Myers named in the win over Southampton on Monday night. Xavier Mbuyamba was in defence from the start, while fellow scorer, Silko Thomas dropped to the bench. Into the team came Lewis Bate, Harvey Vale and Tino Livramento as Declan Frith and Sam McClelland were among the substitutes.

Two-goal Chelsea make for contrasting start

In December, we were left with a mountain to climb almost immediately. Spurs were two goals ahead by the 17th minute and the game only looked to be heading one way.

However, by the 17th minute this afternoon, we were gifted an early lead after the referee awarded us an opportunity from the penalty spot. McEachran stepped up and converted his fourth goal of the PL2 campaign, after Tino Livramento was fouled.

The goal helped us assert our dominance on the game as Spurs struggled to get on the ball. Our midfield two of McEachran and Lewis Bate were doing a good job of restricting home attacks and recycling the ball to create scoring opportunities for our forwards. That was no more evident than when we hit our second of the game just after 30 minutes of play.

Ballo, who had five goals prior to kick-off, popped up in the box to tuck the ball away at the near post following Dujon Sterling's inital cross and put some space between us and our opponents. 

Half-time setback but back out with a bang

Tottenham did improve after our second goal though, they asked plenty of questions of our defence and in the first minute of the five additional, the home team found an answer. Kion Etete thumped the ball past Ethan Wady from 12 yards and left us with some regrouping to do at the break after a good first-half showing.

Discussions in the dressing room clearly did the trick for Chelsea as Marcel Lewis's cross provided wing-back Vale with an opportunity to strengthen our grip on the game at the back post and he took it, even if his header needed a little help from the woodwork. Vale’s first PL2 goal of the season gave us back the two-goal cushion of the first half.

Solid foundations

We were good value for our lead at the hour, though Tottenham remained a constant threat for our defence who were doing a good job of keeping the danger away from Wady’s net.

Meanwhile, we had attacking intentions of our own and the familiar sight of Tino Livramento in the final third allowed Nunn to volley through a sea of bodies inside the box for his first goal of the season. 1-4 Blues!

That was Livramento's work done for the afternoon as he was soon replaced by Silko Thomas for the final eight minutes of play.

The hosts did have a chance to respond quite late on from the penalty spot. However Jamie Bowden was unable to replicate earlier finishing from McEachran and Etete as Wady saved and the clock ran down on an excellent Chelsea display.

What’s next?

Next for Myers’ men is a trip to Manchester United on Friday night, kick-off is 7pm.

Chelsea Ethan Wady; Dynel Simeu, Xavier Mbuyamba (Sam McClelland 46), Dujon Sterling; Tino Livramento (Silko Thomas 82), George McEachran, Lewis Bate (Bryan Fiabema 32), Harvey Vale; Thierno Ballo, George Nunn, Marcel Lewis
Unused subs Karlo Ziger, Declan Frith
Booked Simeu 25; Ballo 41; McClelland 62; Nunn 90; Lewis 90
Scorers McEachran 16; Ballo 31; Vale 48; Nunn 69

Tottenham Josh Oluwayemi, Brooklyn Lyons-Foster, Tobi Omole (Aaron Skinner 80), Marcel Lavinier, Dennis Cirkin, J’Neil Bennett, Elliot Morgan Thorpe, Jamie Bowden, Alfie Devine (Rafferty Pedder 80), Nile John, Kion Etete (Rodel Richards 67)
Unused subs Kaxper Kurylowicz, Maksim Paskotsi
Booked Bowden 17
Scorer Etete 45

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