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REPORT: UNDER-21s 2-2 CHELSEA

30 August 2015

McGrandles and Andreu on the scoresheet

MARTIN Olsson continued his recovery from injury and played 45 minutes as Norwich City's Under-21s played out an entertaining 2-2 draw against Chelsea.

9,146 City fans packed into Carrow Road as both teams started brightly, with Jamar Loza meeting Elliott Bennett's cross with a diving header to force a save from Mitchell Beeney before Chelsea's Tammy Abraham's fierce drive ensured Jake Kean was alert in the City goal.

The Canaries took the lead on 26 minutes as Elliott Bennett's low cross from the right put the ball on a plate for Conor McGrandles to slot past Beeney from six-yards out.

The visitors were behind for just twelve minutes, however, as Charly Musonda's corner was helped towards goal by John Swift and Ola Aina was there on the line to make sure the scores were back on level terms.

Chelsea threatened again just before half time, with first Musonda and then Kyle Scott having efforts at goal blocked by the City defence, before Kasey Palmer fired straight at Kean who could gather easily.

Dmitri Halajko's team were able to regain the lead just before half time as an unmarked Tony Andreu rose highest to head home Bennett's inswinging free-kick.

Musonda was allowed space and time in the Norwich penalty area on 64 minutes and took full advantage, calmly placing the ball low into the corner of Kean's goal to bring the tie back level again.

Chelsea then looked to take the lead for the first time, as Reece Mitchell and Palmer both brought fine saves from Kean. Those stops looked like they could prove crucial as moments later Loza raced through on goal, but was denied by a last-ditch tackle from Dion Conroy and could only force a corner.

Both teams then went in search of a winning goal late on, but were unable to find it thanks to some good goalkeeping at either end: Bennett unleashed a shot from 25 yards out that Beeney held well, whilst Kean kept Mitchell at bay in stoppage time.

Halajko said afterwards: "I think it's a fair result. Both teams had chances and both teams had spells.

"There's still stuff to improve on as we think we could have played slightly better today. They dominated the ball more than us, but we've shown throughout the games so far some really good things too."
 
FULL-TIME: Norwich City 2-2 Chelsea

TEAM:
Kean; Hall-Johnson, Efete, Coker, Olsson (Toffolo 45); McGrandles, Thompson (c); E. Bennett, Andreu, King (Eaton-Collins 75); Loza. Subs not used: Norman, Killip (GK), Grant.

Referee: Mr L Venamore



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