Imps 1-1 Chelsea Under 21s
City – Allsop, Habergham, Waterfall, Bostwick, Eardley, Whitehouse, Rowe, Anderson, Woodyard, Rhead, Green (Subs on) Frecklington, Stewart, Palmer
Chelsea – Bulka, Nartey, Castilo, James, Sterling, Ampadu, Sammut, Chalobah, St Clair, Hudson-Odoi, Redan (Subs On) Maddox, Hazard
HCYP – 69%
FTAP – 23%
Two players have gone on to play for England
Whatever you think of the competition, this was a great night at the Bank. Lee Frecklington’s penalty fired us on our way to Wembley after we took the lead late in the game, only to see the visitors level. In the EFL, there was a collective joy I’m told at a ‘proper’ club getting to the final and of course, us getting that Wembley curse off our back.
The Imps team was, by this time at least, pretty settled. I recall the big surprise being Ryan Allsop’s debut, with Paul Farman having conceded twice against Swindon the game before. Again, the encounter gave Allsop a chance to settle, but I guess at semi-final stage there was plenty at stake in this one (not least the prize money which I’m sure we found useful).
The Chelsea team certainly has some familiarity about it, and as one of the teams who got heavily criticised that season, they even boasted some exciting young English players who have gone on to better things. The keeper actually started a game for PSG in September, whilst Reece James and Callum Hudson-Odoi have progressed to the Blues first team. Some of the side, Maddox, St Clair and Redan, have all left and are playing abroad. Juan Castilo, Trevor Chalobah, Kylian Hazard and Dujon Sterling are still with the Blues and out on loan (Sterling the only exception, he’s been on loan) whilst Ethan Ampadu is on loan at Sheffield United and playing for Wales.
The only player currently without a club is Richard Nartey, who was at Burton last season.