Tariq Uwaqwe and Faustino Anjorin put up great shifts for Chelsea U23 who defeated their Derby Count counterparts in the Premier League 2 Division One on Monday night.
Uwaque and Anjorin both started the week one fixture at Pride Park Stadium (Derby).
Substitute Marcel Lavinier hammered home from inside the six-yard box, after the impressive Henrich Ravas had kept out Clinton Mola’s header, to seal a 1-0 victory.
Chelsea thought they had broken the deadlock at Pride Park after just six minutes.
Anjorin squared to Juan Castillo in the box and the Chelsea forward drilled past Ravas from about 12 yards. However, his strike had taken a touch off Charlie Brown on the way through, who was stood in an offside position and the linesman’s flag was raised.
Mola really should have tested Henrich Ravas after 25 minutes when Tariq Uwakwe’s right-wing corner found him at the back post. The defender’s scream of frustration told the story as he flicked the header wide.
Ravas’ second stop was more routine as Billy Gilmour found a yard of space on the edge of the box, but his shot lacked real power as the keeper got his body behind it.
A period of sustained pressure saw Tariq Lamptey fire over from distance before Ravas got down smartly to push away Anjorin’s curling strike from the edge of the box.
Chelsea hit the Rams on the break with Anjorin getting himself into the box, and a good shooting position. Callum Minkley tracked him all the way, though, and got a crucial foot in to put the ball behind for a corner.
The winning moment arrived with just five minutes left on the clock. Mola climbed highest to power a header towards the bottom corner. Ravas was equal to it, but could only push it out to Lavinier who hammered home to secure the three points.