With the reserve league getting a facelift this season, I thought I'd try something a bit new with the match report as well. This is a lot of work, so I hope you enjoy it. I won't be able to do this every time, but for the games I get ot see live I'll make sure to use this format if y'all like it. Here goes:
- 2' - City have a great opportunity to go ahead. Alex Davey does something (I don't think anyone is exactly sure what), and City are through on goal. Jamal Blackman mad a fantastic read and save, although he banged up Aziz Deen-Conteh a bit in the process. The rebound fell favorably to City, but Suarez was unable to put it on net. Chelsea had a pair of defenders there to attempt a clearance anyway, but getting it on target would have been good.
- 9' - After a slower start to the game, Chelsea appear to be settling in. Lewis Baker slides a great ball through to Patrick Bamford, but the keeper manages to nick it away just before Bamford can get the shot off. The ensuing Lewis Baker corner lands on Mars.
- 13' - George Saville sneaks forward and gets whacked on the edge of the box. There is no call. The ball is then cleared out of play so that Lewis Baker can work on his corner again. This one doesn't quite make Mars, but gets sucked in by the gravitational pull of the moon. Improvement.
- 15' - George Saville plays Patrick Bamford perfectly. Bamford gets tripped before he can get to the ball. No call.
That's pretty much everythng of note that happened in the U21's opening fixture, and it was a pretty 1 sided affair. It's disappointing that Chelsea didn't get the win, but if they play like this they'll win more often than not. The pressure that Chelsea were using was surprising, as this was exactly what AVB was trying to get the first team to do last fall. The U18 squad gets underway tomorrow, so we'll do this all again then.