Ethan Ampadu

It was so close yet so far for the Blues U21 side in the Checkatrade Trophy as they lost to League Two club Lincoln City on penalties away from home.

The two teams couldn’t be separated at 1-1 after 90 minutes as Chelsea lost 4-2 on penalties, earning Lincoln a trip to Wembley for the first time in their history.

The home side that featured first team players, had been dominant in the first half. However, it was until the 72nd minute that they broke the deadlock thanks to captain Luke Waterfall’s strike.

Callum Hudson Odoi
Callum Hudson-Odoi has been on fire for the Chelsea academy sides.

There was resilience shown from the team fielding 10 teenagers. Eight minutes later as the development squad found the equaliser through Harvey St Clair after a cross from Callum Hudson-Odoi.

After holding more than our own for the large portion of the match, the luck of penalties was against us. The Imps came out on top in a 4-2 shootout win, booking their place in the final.

For this young team, Chelsea can be proud of how far we’ve come in this tournament that predominantly features players that have spent years in football at a professional level.

Joe Edwards’ side will learn from this Checkatrade Trophy campaign for years to come.

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