The Reserves got their season off to a score drawing start last night when we hosted Everton at Stamford Bridge. Our side included Fabio Borini, Michael Mancienne and 15 year old Nathaniel Chalobah. It was in fact Fabio Borini who scored first after Everton had come close within the first minute. Chelsea lead after the first 45 minutes but with tiring legs in the second half, Everton began to dominate and equalised.
Our goal came after 21 minutes when Nathaniel Chalobah hit a long pass and found Jacob Mellis, who in turn passed to the overlapping Patrick van Aanholt who slotted the ball to Borini. With ease, Borini then drilled his shot past Everton goalkeeper Jan Mucha. Gokhan Tore could have doubled our lead when a free kick on the angle just went over the bar. Fabio Borini also had a shot that just whistled over the bar on the 40th minute mark.
In the second half Everton came back into the game and their equaliser came eleven minutes after the re-start. A free-kick was given away by Gokhan Tore and from the free-kick, Ross Barkley rose and nodded past Sam Walker in goal. Another Barkley effort later in the game gave Sam Walker a fright but he managed to save.
With time running out Chelsea tried to grab the winner, Nathaniel Chalobah had an effort that went wide and in the dying seconds a Josh McEachran missed with an effort after Kaby Djalo had been bought down under a challenge.
Chelsea (4-3-3): Sam Walker; Billy Clifford, Rohan Ince, Michael Mancienne, Patrick van Aanholt; Conor Clifford (Milan Lalkovic 77), Josh McEachran, Nathaniel Chalobah; Gokhan Tore (Kaby Djalo 78), Fabio Borini (capt), Jacob Mellis (Jacopo Sala 78).
Everton: Jan Mucha; Aristote Nsiala, Shane Duffy (capt), Shkodran Mustafi, Jake Bidwell; Jose Baxter, Hope Akpan, Ross Barkley, Mageye Gueye (Nathan Craig 60); James Vaughan, Joao Silva (James Wallace 45).
Photos supplied by Daniel Davies – www.danieldaviesphotography.co.uk