Chelsea U21s 1 Oxford United 1 – Checkatrade Trophy: Young blues win 13-12 on penalties after 34-spot kick shoot out

Chelsea U21s 1 Oxford United 1 – Checkatrade Trophy: Young blues win 13-12 on penalties after 34-spot kick shoot out

By Rebecca Chaplin at Stamford Bridge

Chelsea’s U21s ended their Checkatrade Trophy campaign with an exhausting penalty shoot-out victory against League One side Oxford United at Stamford Bridge last night – with an astonishing 34 spot kicks being taken altogether.

At times the shoot-out seemed a lesson in how not to take penalties, with Oxford United’s Wes Thomas missing twice from the spot, and it was his second failure that proved to be decisive as Chelsea claimed the bonus point, and this, winning their first two points of this season’s competition.

With two defeats to their name – both away from home at Swindon Town and Exeter City respectively – Chelsea’s youngsters appeared to be buoyed by playing in front of a home crowd of just over 5,000.

Josimar Quintero gave Chelsea the lead (Pic: Chelsea FC)

Josimar Quintero gave Chelsea the lead (Pic: Chelsea FC)

Shortly before half time, Portuguese youth international eventually broke the deadlock for the hosts with a measured effort from the edge of the box that curled into the bottom corner.

Chelsea looked comfortable with the lead, passing the ball around with confidence, while the rare Oxford attacks were well marshalled by a defence lead by Kurt Zouma – who completed 90 minutes for the first time since his return from injury.

Kane Hemmings scored a late equaliser (Pic: OUFC)

Kane Hemmings scored a late equaliser (Pic: OUFC)

However, in the dying minutes of second half stoppage-time, the visitors equalised when Chris Maguire’s low cross was poked home by substitute Kane Hemmimgs who scored his third goal in two games.

The game was somewhat controversial too, as it resulted from a break that followed an apparent trip on Jacob Maddox who had advances on Oxford’s goal.

Chelsea celebrate winning on penalties (Pic: Chelsea FC)

Chelsea celebrate winning on penalties (Pic: Chelsea FC)

The following penalty shoot-out was a 34-attempt, with every player on the pitch, including the goalkeepers, took at least one penalty.

It was a particularly disappointing shoot-out for Wes Thomas who missed both of his penalties, including the decisive one to give Chelsea the win.

Penalties:
Chelsea: Ugbo- scored
Oxford: Maguire- scored
Chelsea: Aina- scored
Oxford: Lundstram- missed
Chelsea: Dabo- scored
Oxford: Hemmimgs- scored
Chelsea: Van Ginkel- missed
Oxford: Rothwell- scored
Chelsea: Zouma- scored
Oxford: Johnson- scored
Chelsea: Collins- missed
Oxford: Thomas- missed
Chelsea: Ali- scored
Oxford: Skarz- scored
Chelsea: Maddox- scored
Oxford: Edwards- scored
Chelsea: Quintero- scored
Oxford: Nelson- scored
Chelsea: Grant- missed
Oxford: Martin- missed
Chelsea: Colley- scored
Oxford: Eastwood- scored
Chelsea: Ugbo- scored
Oxford: Maguire- scored
Chelsea: Aina- missed
Oxford: Lundstram- missed
Chelsea: Dabo- scored
Oxford: Hemmimgs- scored
Chelsea: Van Ginkel- scored
Oxford: Rothwell- scored
Chelsea: Zouma- scored
Oxford: Johnson- scored
Chelsea: Collins- scored
Oxford: Thomas- missed

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