PL2 report: Leeds 1 Chelsea 3
Our young Blues kicked off the Premier League 2 weekend with a dominant 3-1 victory over Leeds United, taking us out of the bottom two.
Andy Myers’s side put in an impressive away performance as they secured a 3-1 victory over the Whites on Friday afternoon. Two headed goals from Xavier Mbuyamba and a Lewis Baker penalty in the closing moments of the game were enough to give us the three points.
Head coach Myers will be happy with the performance and even more pleased that his side have now leapfrogged our taking us out of the bottom
It was a cagey start to the game as both sides enjoyed spells of possession. Our young Blues throughout this season have shown their capabilities in keeping the ball well and the start to this game was no different.
The first real opening for the visitors came through the surging run of Lewis Hall, one of Myers’ six changes from the last game against Crystal Palace. His darting run opened up space and he played an incisive ball to Xavier Simons, who drilled across the face of goal, agonisingly missing everyone in the box.
We maintained our first real show of pressure and broke the deadlock from a corner. George McEachran’s in-swinging ball found the head of Mbuyamba who was on hand to direct his header into the net.
The hosts from kick-off won a corner of their own and an inswinging ball from the left found Tyler Roberts at the back post but he could only direct his volley wide. Our development squad were doing a great job of winning the ball back in midfield to create opportunities and Hall almost scored with a driven effort after good work in the middle from McEachran and Uwakwe.
Chelsea (3-4-2-1) Lucas Bergstrom; Brodie
Hughes, Xavier Mbuyamba, Alfie Gilchrist; Harvey Vale, Xavier Simons (c), Lewis Baker, Lewis Hall (Dion Rankine 79); Tariq Uwakwe (Joe Haigh 75), George McEachran, Jude Soonsup-Bell (Bryan Fiabema 68). Unused subs Teddy Curd, Jayden Wareham
Scorers Mbuyamba 11, 35; Baker 88 (pen)
Leeds United (4-1-4-1) Kristoffer Klaesson; Kris More, Nohan Kenneh, Jeremiah Mullen, Leo Hjelde; Lewis Bate; Max Dean, Archie Gray, Sam Greenwood (c) (Charlie Allen 45), Amari Miller; Tyler Roberts (Joseph Gelhardt 45), (Sean McGurk 75)
Unused subs Dani van den Heuvel, Stuart
Booked Gelhardt 71
Scorers Roberts 41 (pen)