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Chelsea Reserves – 2; Villa Reserves – 1: Match Report

Chelsea defeated Aston Villa reserves in MacDonald’s sides final game of the season after two early goals from the hosts helped to secure a 2-1 home victory despite a spirited fightback from the young Villa side. Chelsea opened the scoring when Magnay won a header from Tore’s corner with Lalkovic getting the final touch to bundle it home. The home side doubled their lead after terrific work from McEachran, splitting the defence with a fine pass, found Phillip who raced through to slot past Siegrist. A great response from Villa saw Burke hit the post just minutes later after Osbourne found Lampkin in space, who squared to Burke on the edge of the area, whose low shot hit the foot of the post. Philip almost extended his account and the lead after more good work from McEachran but a decent two-handed save from Siegrist denied him. A fabulous long range strike from Samir Carruthers gave Villa a deserved goal after a fine passing move. In the second half Herd and Gardner both had early headed efforts just off target before a superb save from Siegrist denied Tore. Villa came close when great technique from Johnson saw the youth skipper rifle an angled half-volley which took Gardner by surprise and brushed off his head before going wide. Berry nearly forced home an equaliser after beating a defender and angling a left-foot shot towards the bottom corner but Sebek saved with his outstretched boot. An agonisingly close header from Ellis Deeney in the dying minutes of injury time saw the defender hit the bar after head tennis in the Chelsea box but it ended 2-1 to Chelsea.

Starting XI: Siegrist, Berry, Deeney, Osbourne, Herd, Baker, Carruthers, Gardner, Lampkin, Burke, Johnson. Subs: Williams (on for Johnson), Barrett, Devine (on for Carruthers), Nelson-Addy, Taylor (on for Burke).

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