Deivid Washington's first goal for the club and Josh Brooking's incredible solo goal were enough to edge our young Blues past Manchester City this evening.
Chelsea went a goal down in the opening 20 minutes of the game through a quality strike from distance, but we levelled quickly through Brazilian striker Washington.
Ronnie Stutter could have given us the lead early in the second period, but he missed from close range.
With full-time imminent, Brooking stepped up with an amazing solo goal that begun inside his own half.
We fended off two late chances from the visitors to see out what was a mature display.
Manchester City controlled possession in the early stages but both sides were giving little to the attackers as the defences remained resolute.
Nevertheless, we had the game’s first chance and we should have scored as Stutter intercepted a loose pass but failed to settle as he rushed his shot.
The home side took the lead with a shot from distance by Jacob Wright. The midfielder struck a shot from about 25 yards out and found the top corner of the net.
We responded well and were beginning to make more inroads into the City half.
That pressure paid off as a good team move saw Washington play the ball into Brooking and the defender returned the favour to Washington, who swept the ball into the net.
It was City’s turn to respond, and Justin Oboavwoduo did well to find space in the box and shoot with his left foot but Beach in goal stretched a leg to make a great save, diverting the ball onto the post.
Both sides failed to create any clear-cut opportunities towards the end of the first period, but it was clear that we were getting closer than our opponents as the half wore on.
Keeping up the pressure
We kept the pressure on our opponents into the second period and Stutter had an even better chance than his first-half opportunity. A lovely team move ended with Washington swinging the ball into Stutter's path, but despite having only the keeper to beat our top goalscorer placed his shot wide.
We continued to push as the home side looked vulnerable and Castledine went close, but he could not get the connection he needed.
As the game wore on it became clear that a moment of magic was needed and that duly came. Brooking picked up the ball from deep in his half, galloped towards goal and as the City defenders dropped, he continued forward before finding the far corner with a great finish. It was a fantastic solo effort.
Our late goal seemed to have woken up the holders of the PL2 as firstly Beach made an incredible save to deny Samuel what looked like an easy finish, and from the resulting corner with Beach out of his goal, Dickson fired a volley over the bar.
That was how the game would end as a well-deserved win away at Manchester City will leave Mark Robinson and his men in good spirits. A fantastic display.
Chelsea will now travel to Northampton on Tuesday for their second game in the EFL Trophy.
Chelsea (3-4-1-2): Eddie Beach; Josh Brooking; Alfie Gilchrist (c), Dylan Williams; Somto Boniface, Alex Matos, Kiano Dyer; Brodi Hughes (Zain Silcott-Duberry 86); Leo Castledine (Reiss Denny 81), Ronnie Stutter (Jimmy-Jay Morgan 74), Deivid Wasington.
Unused subs: Max Merrick, Billy Gee.
Booked: Josh Brooking 41; Brodi Hughes 42; Alex Matos 90+4.
Scorers: Deivid Washington 26; Josh Brooking 87.
Manchester City (4-3-3): True Grant, Lakyle Samuel, Jahmai Simpson-Pusey, Max Alleyne, Tom Galvez, Jacob Wright (Mahamadou Susoho 76), Justin Oboavwoduo (Farid Alfa-Ruprecht. 90+4), Michael Okeke (Josh Adam 60), Will Dickson, Micah Hamilton (c), Emilio Lawrence (Kane Taylor 61).
Unused subs: Geroge Murray-Jones.
Booked: Max Alleyne 81.
Scorer: Jacob Wright 18.