Norwich City striker Luciano Becchio on target in 3-1 development league loss against Chelsea’s Under-21s
19:50 24 August 2014
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Norwich City frontman Luciano Becchio was on the scoresheet but the Canaries’ lost 3-1 in their second Premier League development game of the new season against a slick Chelsea Under-21s on Sunday afternoon at Aldershot Town.
Becchio was an over-age outfield player for Dale Brooks’ visitors in a line up that also featured the likes of former Chelsea academy duo Cameron McGeehan and Reiss Awuah along with Jacob Murphy. Chelsea included the highly-rated Nathan Ake plus England youth internationals Lewis Baker and Ruben Loftus-Cheek.
City were indebted to ex-Chelsea youth keeper Ben Killip who produced a string of excellent stops, although the Norwich keeper was partially at fault for Jeremie Boga’s 30th minute opener before Dominic Solanke added a second prior to the interval.
Becchio’s 50th minute header from Reece Hall-Johnson’s cross reduced the deficit until Baker’s goalbound shot appeared to clip Cameron King after Norwich had failed to clear a corner.
Blues’ developemt boss Adie Viveash praised Killip’s defiance for keeping his side at bay.
“Ben made a little mistake for Boga’s goal but to recover the way he did shows a strong mentality and I’m sure that’s where he’s maturing now. He’s playing Under-21 games and he made three fantastic saves,” he told Chelsea’s official site. “I’ve coached all three of the ex-Chelsea boys so I do look at them and I’m sure it’s nice for Neil Bath (Chelsea Academy manager) to see as well. We’ve had some feisty games with Norwich in the past and that FA Youth Cup final defeat will always hurt us but we’re pleased to win again today.”
• Chelsea: Mitchell Beeney, Fankaty Dabo, Ola Aina, Andreas Christensen, Nathan Ake, Lewis Baker, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Charly Musonda, Charlie Colkett (Alex Kiwomya 63), Jeremie Boga, Dominic Solanke (Reece Mitchell 83). Subs (not used): Alex Davey, Bradley Collins, Jordan Houghton.
• Goals: Boga (30), Solanke (32), King og (62)
• Norwich: Ben Killip; Michee Efete, Harry Toffollo, Ray Grant, Nathan Fox (Louis Ramsay 64), Reiss Awuah, Jacob Murphy, Cameron McGeehan, Luciano Becchio, Cameron King (Sam Kelly 63), Reece Hall-Johnson (George Couzens 76). Subs (not used): Marcus Beauchamp, Jake Simpson.
• Goal: Becchio (50)