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Match Report

Hendon
0
Chelsea U21
2
Date:
Tuesday 06 August 2013
Competition:
Friendly
Attendance:
361
Venue:
TBA

Match Report

Hendon were given a lesson in football possession by a Chelsea U21 side that contained some added experience in former Blues favourites Jon Harley and Jody Morris, plus rising stars Josh McEachran and Nathaniel Chalobah.

Hendon spent most of the first half chasing the ball, but they did well to limit the Blues to few efforts of note. Michael Duberry and Sam Flegg, in the middle and Brandon Horner and Chris Seeby on the flanks had to be alert as Chelsea's youngsters sped forward at every opportunity.

On the rare opportunities when the Greens got forward, Jefferson Louis was well dealt with by Chalobah, but he was left pretty much alone as Dave Diedhiou, Tony Taggart, Casey Maclaren, Michael Kalu and Lee O'Leary were forced into more defensive duties.

Berkley Laurencin had an excellent game after missing the last few matches, handling or punching crosses well and being quick to come off his line to cut out danger and clear a couple of short pass-backs.

There were a couple of chances for the Blues, but they were wayward with shots at goal and the final ball into the penalty area missed their targets too. Laurencin didn't have a save of note to make.

Just before half-time, the Blues were awarded a penalty when Duberry was adjudged to have fouled McEachran just inside the 18 yard box.

McEachran took responsibility for the spot-kick and confidently sent Laurencin the wrong way.

Hendon made a number of changes at the interval and James Fisher and Carl McCluskey took on the responsibility of dealing with the central strikers, while Anthony Thomas was the attacking spearhead.

The Greens did have more of the possession, but there were very few clear-cut openings. When a couple of shooting opportunities came Hendon's way, they took the wrong decision and didn't test Ben Killip, who had made one low save just before the break from a long-range effort that was probably just missing the goal.

Laurencin, however, was much busier and he made three excellent saves to keep the score at 1-0. He was replaced after 61 minutes, Cameron Inch taking over for him.

Within a couple of minutes of coming on, Inch was beaten as substitute Ben Pattie was put clean through and he finished clinically.

There were two or three more chances for the Blues to extend their lead, but Chalobah showed his great talent with a brilliant piece of defending to stop a dangerous run by Horner. He not only won the ball with a textbook sliding tackle from behind, but was on his feet, in possession before Horner had time to react.

"I thought it was a good runout," said assistant manager Freddie Hyatt. "I thought we held up very well defensively, but they are Chelsea and they are going to hold up the ball better than us.

"We were very disciplined at the back and I was very pleased with the way we kept our two banks of four, especially in the first half. We didn't get much out them in attack."

Report by David Ballheimer

Hendon

1
Berkley Laurencin
2
Brandon Horner
3
Chris Seeby
4
Michael Duberry
5
Sam Flegg
6
Casey Maclaren
7
Michael Kalu
8
Dave Diedhiou
9
Jefferson Louis
10
Lee O'Leary
11
Tony Taggart
12
Anthony Thomas
14
George Bowerman
15
Michael Murray
16
Cameron Inch
17
Kevin Maclaren
18
Tom Inch
19
Carl McCluskey
20
James Fisher
21
Jerel Joseph

Match Events

Josh McEachran
45''
46''
Kevin Maclaren replaced Michael Kalu
46''
Tom Inch replaced Dave Diedhiou
46''
Michael Murray replaced Tony Taggart
46''
James Fisher replaced Michael Duberry
46''
Anthony Thomas replaced Jefferson Louis
46''
Carl McCluskey replaced Sam Flegg
46''
George Bowerman replaced Lee O'Leary
Dion Conroy replaced Fankaty Dabo
46''
Ola Aima replaced Alex Davey
46''
51''
Jerel Joseph replaced Casey Maclaren
Ben Pattie replaced Islam Feruz
60''
63''
Cameron Inch replaced Berkley Laurencin
Jack Powell replaced Lewis Baker
63''
Isak Ssweankambo replaced Jody Morris
65''
Ben Pattie
72''

Chelsea U21

1
Ben Killip
2
Fankaty Dabo
3
Alex Davey
4
Nathaniel Chaloban
5
Jon Harley
6
Lewis Baker
7
Lamisha Musonda
8
Jody Morris
9
Islam Feruz
10
Josh McEachran
11
Adam Nditi
12
Dion Conroy
14
Jack Powell
15
Isak Ssweankambo
16
Ola Aima
17
Ben Pattie