Goals from Myles Peart-Harris and Marcel Lewis, plus an appearance in goal from Petr Cech, helped Chelsea’s development squad return to the top of the Premier League 2 table on Monday night...
In a game that had a little bit of everything, Chelsea completed the perfect comeback and turned around a two-goal deficit after half-time. Peart-Harris was introduced at the break and scored from the spot 10 minutes later to kick-start Chelsea’s evening at Kingsmeadow.
Our first goal inspired another and Lewis was on target following a Tino Livramento cross to steer us back on level terms. The final goal came two minutes from time and it was in Chelsea’s favour, Peart-Harris again powerfully firing the Blues into the lead for the first time during the game, sparking wild derby celebrations.
Danny Drinkwater and Spurs player Alfie Devine were sent off late in the second half.
At Andy Myers’s disposal for this game was legendary Chelsea goalkeeper Cech, who started between the sticks to gain some match fitness in the unlikely event that he may be called upon by Frank Lampard following his precautionary inclusion in the Premier League for this season.
Dion Rankine, Thierno Ballo, Lewis and George Nunn returned to the starting line-up as Chelsea looked to record back-to-back wins and return to the top of the table following dropped points for the top two over the weekend.
Half to forget for Chelsea
Conditions at Kingsmeadow were far from ideal, the rain showing no signs of easing up and, to add to our misery, we found ourselves behind after just three minutes. A half-cleared corner kick was kept alive by Brooklyn Lyons-Foster and pounced upon by Jubril Okedina, the Tottenham captain, who arrived first to slot home the opener.
As the first quarter came to an end, Chelsea were still yet to stamp their authority on the game and the visitors were looking to build on their lead at every given opportunity. The chance came just two minutes later and they snatched it up as an early cross from Harvey White was met by the head of young forward Dane Scarlett, who steered Spurs’ second into the top corner.
Chelsea had a mountain to climb after just 17 minutes of play and some more defending was required by our central pair to keep the game alive from a Blues perspective. Both Dynel Simeu and Levi Colwill made heroic blocks yards from the goal as the half-hour mark arrived.
A switch in formation gave us more width as Livramento and Rankine moved into the wing-back positions. It provided a little bit more stability at the back while our offensive options increased.
Changes at the break
The first-half deficit forced Myers into a double swap at the break. Peart-Harris and Jude Soonsup-Bell were on in place of Rankine and Ballo. Soonsup-Bell was appearing at this level for the first time having started well for Ed Brand’s Under-18s this season, recently scoring four in a Youth Cup tie.
We started the second half on the front foot and looked more threatening. Simeu headed Lewis’s corner inches wide within the opening five minutes of the restart, offering hope of a revival.
Chelsea were back within touching distance of their north London rivals when Peart-Harris converted from the spot to make the scores 2-1. Good work from Nunn on the left forced Spurs goalscorer, Okedina into a mistake as the right-back tripped the 19-year-old, now operating at left wing-back, to concede a penalty. Peart-Harris was calmness personified with the spot-kick, rolling it in.
Lewis draws Chelsea level
The good work continued after our first and we were level just three minutes later. Henry Lawrence expertly picked out the run of Livramento on the right, the wing-back sent in his cutback and left Lewis with an easy job of slotting home the equaliser while Spurs players scrambled back to their line in a failed attempt to preserve their lead.
We were back on level terms and in the ascendancy as the game drew to a close, though a feisty encounter between two capital rivals was about to reach boiling point.
Pair see red
After a couple of badly-timed challenges on the touchline, straight red cards were shown to both Devine and Drinkwater in the 77th minute, meaning we were 10-vs-10 for the final moments of normal time. A number of other players were booked in the ensuing melee as tempers frayed, though the lengthy stoppage ensured plenty of time for a winner.
Peart-Harris pinches the points
Substitute and scorer from the spot, Peart-Harris was on hand to find the net again in the dying moments of the game, slamming home a dramatic third as Chelsea claimed maximum points right at the end of a dramatic London derby. The square ball across goal was delivered perfectly for the teenage midfielder, who angled his shot away from the Spurs keeper and into the far corner.
The precious points leave Myers’s men at the top of PL2, a point clear of nearest rivals Manchester City, who sit second with 18 points. Our final game before the Christmas break is this Friday at home to Manchester United which, like tonight's action, you can watch live across our online platforms. Kick-off is at midday.
Chelsea (4-2-3-1) Petr Cech; Tino Livramento, Dynel Simeu, Levi Colwill, Henry Lawrence; Danny Drinkwater, Lewis Bate, Dion Rankine (Myles Peart-Harris ht), Thierno Ballo (Jude Soonsup-Bell ht), Marcel Lewis; George NunnUnused subs Sam McClelland, Lucas Bergstrom, Pierre Ekwah-ElimbyScorers Peart-Harris 60, 88; Lewis 63Sent off Drinkwater 77Booked Ballo 24, Bate 55, Livramento 73, Simeu 77, Peart-Harris 78, Colwill 78
Tottenham Brandon Austin, Jubrill Okedina, Marcel Lavinier (Maurizio Pochettino-Grippaldi 89), George Marsh (Elliott Thorpe 79), Brooklyn Lyons-Foster (Romaine Mundle 86), Tobi Omole, Dane Scarlett, Harvey White, Kion Etete, Alfie Devine, Jack ClarkeUnused subs Kacper Kurylowic, Marques MuirScorers Okedina 3; Scarlett 17Sent off Devine 77Booked Etete 77