At the meeting of the Premier League 2 in Kingsmeadow, the top 2 of the last season 2020/21 faced each other for the first time.
Two personnel changes were made to the City team, which convincingly defeated Tottenham Hotspur’s U23s on Monday. Demarai Gray came in to have a few more minutes.
There was also a change in shape as the Foxes returned to a 3-5-2 formation, with Shane Flynn and Callum Hulme on the flanks and Gray at the helm with Admiral Muskwe.
After three straight Premier League 2 wins, confidence ran through the squad and Callum Wright created half a chance early by shooting Layton Ndukwu’s corner towards goal, but the ball was quickly claimed by Lucas Bergstrom.
Ndukwu took control of another free kick, forcing Bergstrom to tip his swinging free kick over the bar before Grey’s acute shot was also parried by the Chelsea goalkeeper.
There was no clear chance in the second quarter despite a speculative attempt by Wright that went far while Ben Leathers cut out Valentino Livramento’s dangerous cross at the other end.
Chelsea moved closer when Henry Lawrence let the ball run over his body and tried to roll it into the corner even though it landed past the post. Lawrence then showed excellent ability to hit two and pitched Livramento, who got his left footed efforts completely wrong.
The pressure from the hosts paid off four minutes before the break when Livramento became the utility and crossed 18-year-old Myles Peart-Harris to get a low score for the first time.
Leicester beat in the 52. Minute back when Shane Flynn’s cross was deflected onto goal by Muskwe and Bergstrom failed to collect the low header.
Things almost got better for the away team just minutes after the equalizer, but Chelsea’s stopper did well to fend off Wright’s heavy long shot.
Chelsea remained a threat going forward and had two chances of their own in quick succession, but Charlie Brown and Faustino Anjorin both fired over the bar. Shortly thereafter, Levi Colwill’s flank went into the top corner until Jakub Stolarczyk tipped it over the bar.
City itself had many late chances and Muskwe could have doubled his balance for the evening when Gray forced Bergstrom into a mistake and Foxes No.. 9, but the stopper recovered to save Muskwe’s exertion before he narrowly headed out of the resulting corner.
Chelsea’s substitute made an impression. Bryan Fiabema forced a low save after creating an angle to the right, and Lewis Bate found Stolarczyk again in the way of his drive, out of range.
The crucial moment came after 88 minutes. City couldn’t clear their lines and Lawrence pounded the ball into the top of the net despite the best efforts of Darragh O’Connor trying to block the ball on the line.
The game was level until Chelsea scored Henry Lawrence in the 88. Minute went back into the lead and the Foxes had little time to react a second time.
They had already done so when Admiral Muskwe canceled Myles Peart-Harris’ kickoff, but with just two minutes left, Lawrence’s dedication proved sufficient for the hosts.
Despite a brave effort in West London, the Foxes slide to eighth place in the Premier League 2 Division 1 table with 12 points from nine games.
City’s development team turns their attention to Papa John’s trophy action on Tuesday night as they face Salford City on Moor Lane in the second round (7pm GMT). .
City: Stolarczyk, Leder, O’Connor, Nelson (Wakeling 45 ‘), Wright (c), Hulme, Leshabela, Ndukwu (McAteer 64’), Flynn (Reghba 84) ‘, Muskwe, Gray
Premier League, Chelsea F. . C.. . U23, Goal
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