Date:Wednesday October 1 2008
A young Pompey reserve side was beaten by 2-0 by Chelski last night - nothing new there then as Chelski always beat us!
This is the report from the Pompey Site...
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RESERVES LOSE TO CHELSEA
Pompey Reserves 0 Chelsea Reserves 2
Two second-half goals saw Paul Groves' young reserve side lose to their Chelsea counterparts at Westleigh Park.
After a quiet opening, Fabio Paim carved out a great opportunity when he danced past several challenges in the Blues box, but he ruined all his good work by blazing the ball high and wide.
Then on 13 minutes, the Pompey defence and keeper Jon Stewart somehow managed to keep the ball out of their net as it cannoned around in their area.
Soon after Pompey had a chance of their own, Mark Smith forcing a save from Carlo Cudicini after latching onto Marlon Pack`s superb through ball.
But they were almost made to pay on 20 minutes. Paim drilled a shot inches past the post after Stewart spilled the ball in his area.
Stewart was more assured moments later however, comfortably holding Scott Sinclair's volley from Carl Magnay's cross-field pass.
Cudicini then did well to tip Jordan Hughes' 20-yard free-kick over the bar as the Blues enjoyed a spell of sustained pressure in the Chelsea half.
But it was the visitors who were next to go close on 36 minutes. Sergio Tejera Rodriguez fired narrowly over after Tero Mantyla could only clear the ball to the edge of his area.
Stewart then did well to keep out Sinclair's shot from point-blank range after the winger was teed up by Rodriguez.
Just before the interval, James Hurst broke forward from his right-back position to bend a shot just wide of Cudicini's goal.
Then in stoppage time, Jacob Mellis somehow failed to tap the ball into an empty net, miscontrolling Paim's low pass across the face of goal.
Half Time: Pompey 0 Chelsea 0
Chelsea took the lead within 10 minutes of the restart, sub Fabio Borini hammering the ball home from close range after connecting with Seth Ofori-Twumasi's low cross from the right.
But otherwise, chances were proving to be few and far between in the second half.
There was a break in play for a ball to be located though, with Chelsea's strikers clearing the stadium at regular intervals.
Borini did find the target for the second time on 73 minutes however, expertly bringing the ball down in the box before sliding it past Stewart and into the net.
Nadir Ciftci thought he should have won a penalty soon after when he was bundled over in the box, but referee Kevin Johnson waved play on.
Pompey: Stewart; Hurst, Mantyla, Reynolds (c), Blackman; Castles (Goddard 64), Pack, Martin, J Hughes; M Smith (Ryan 80), Ciftci (Collins 90)
Subs not used: O'Brien, Woodford
Chelsea: Cudicini; Ofori-Twumasi, Bridcutt (c), Mancienne, Magnay; Sinclair, Woods, Mellis, Paim (Ferreira 66); Nielsen (Borini 46), Rodriguez (Hutchinson 58)
Goals: Borini 54, 73
Subs not used: Heimann, Fernandes
Referee: Kevin Johnson
Date:Wednesday October 1 2008
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