Match Report

Match Info

Date: 18/02/2009
Competition: Friendly
Venue: Richmond Park

Home Team

Clarke; Maher, Harris, Gavin, Stevens; Friemanis, Lynch, Salmon, Ryan; Quigley, Glinton Subs: Rogers, Dempsey, O'Connor, Cawley, Costigan, S Fitzpatrick, Haran, McArdle

Away Team

Taylor; Taiwo, Ofori-Twumasi, Bridcutt, van Aanholt; Clifford, Ferreria, Mellis, Nouble; Nielsen, Borini Subs: Sala, Heimann, Philips, Ahamed, Mitrovic

Officials

Referee: C Delaney
Assistants: D Wogan & M Douglas

Goal Scorers

Yellow Cards

Red Cards

St Patrick's Athletic 2 - Chelsea XI 2

14 mins: The Saints lost Mark Quigley who hobbled off after a challenge in the area. Gary Dempsey replaced him and went straight up front!

16 mins: A clash of heads on the edge of the Saints penalty box leaves Jamie Harris and Morton Nielsen in need of assstance

18 mins: Chelseas win a free kick after Jason Gavin "fouls" a Chelsea player who doesn't look like he'll be able to continue

22 mins: Chelsea's Fabio Fereira is replaced by Jacopo Sala

23: Chelsea corner goes deep to the far post and Bridcutt's header is superbly saved by Brendan Clarke

24: The resulting corner is turned into the Saints net by Fabio Borini - One Nil to Chelsea

26: Saints corner is met by Jamie Harris and gathered by Taylor in the Chelsea goal

28: Harris' sloppy clearance is sent goalwards by Nielson and saved by Clarke. Another Chelsea player is on the deck and its physio time again and a free out to Pats.

29: Chelsea's goalscorer Borini is replaced by a substitute

30: Free Kick into the box from Dempsey is eventually cleared from the Chelsea area

31: Free Kick from Chelsea on the stand side touchline is cleared by Gavin

36: A crunching tackle from Maher on Frank Nouble sees the young full-back receive a yellow card

37: The Saints are struggling to keep a hold of the ball in what has been a scrappy game so far

38: A ball over the top from Glinton finds Dempsey but he can't get his shot away

39: Good work from Salmon and Lynch gets the Saints down Chelsea's right before the move breaks down

40: Lynch tries to get Friemanis away down the right but he loses control and fouls Bridcutt

41: Chelsea break down the left but Stevens does well to dispossess the winger and get the Saints moving forward. Friemanis breaks down the right and tangles with van Aanholt, despite shouts for a penalty the ref awards a free out

43: Chelsea are awarded another dubious free kick in the middle of the park!

44: And another....

45: And another

45: Bridcutt breaks down th eleft and wins a throw in for Chelsea. At least he didn't give a free

45: There will be three minutes of injury time at the end of the first half

46: Chelsea's Nielson is caught offside and the Saints have a free kick

47: Nouble breaks down the left and into the box but is brilliantly dispossessed by Maher.

47: Good work from Salmon sends Maher down the right, his cross is met on the volley by Dempsey but easily gathered by Taylor

HALF TIME

Substitutions: Clarke replaced by Rogers, Stevens replaced by O'Connor, Salmon replaced by Cawley.

46: A low Chelsea cross is fumbled by Rogers and finished by Nouble. Two Nil Chelsea

48: Friemanis cross is retrieved by O'Connor who plays in Ryan, Ryans drive is turned around the post by Taylor.

49: Chelsea win a free out from the corner after a foul on Taylor. Taylor is next to receive treatment

50: The second half continues as the first ended - another feee kick to Chelsea

52: Friemanis loses the ball in the middle of the park, Nielson is played in but Rogers saves well

53: Chelsea corner is headed away by Friemanis

With the substitutions Lynch has gone to right back with Ryan left back and Gavin and Harris continuing at centre half. Maher is now playing on the right side of midfield with O'Connor on the left and Dempsey and Cawley in the middle while Friemanis moves up front with Glinton.

56: Chelseas substitution: Mitrovic for Nielsen.

58: A wonderful shot by Mitrovic from the edge of the area is touched over the bar by Rogers.

58: Chelsea's cross is headed towards goal but deflected wide for a goal kick.

59: Glinton wins a free kick 35 yards out. A quick free from Dempsey puts Friemanis away but he goes down under little pressure and the ref rightly waves away the penalty shout.

60: Chelsea substitution: Heimann for Taylor

62: Jason Gavin is now down in the middle of the pitch and needs attention. Looks like he's the next to depart

63: Saints substitution: McArdle comes on for Gavin

65: Both teams are now struggling to string too many passes together

66: Friemanis goes on a good run, cuts inside and wins a free kick on the edge of the Chelsea area

67: Cawley curls a delightful free-kick into the Chelsea net from 20 yards - GOAL SAINTS - Two One

69: The Saints are starting to gain confidence and knock the ball around with Cawley, O'Connor and Ryan linking up well

70: Good play from O'Connor down to left who lays it off to Cawley. Cawley crosses and Friemanis applies the finish. GOAL SAINTS. Two Two - game on!

71: A low cross from the right sees Dempsey with a glorious chance to give the Saints the lead...but he hits it straight at Heimann!

75: Chelsea substitution: Chelsea's Saints fan Conor Clifford is replaced by Nikki Ahamed

77: The Saints are well on top now but the final ball is the problem

77: Friemanis is booked for sliding in...

78: Friemanis plays Maher down the line but his cross is blocked and then cleared

79: Saints substitution: Stephen Maher is replaced by Stephen Fitzpatrick, Gavin Glinton is replaced by Andy Haran and Daragh Ryan is replaced by Anthony Costigan

83: Chelseas free kick on the edge of the box is quickly taken and Mitrovic's shot is brilliantly turned around the post by Rogers

84: Friemanis does well on the left to win a free kick. Free played through to Andy Haran who turns well and gets a good shot in from the edge of the area which is gathered by Heimann

86: McArdle is caught late by Mitrovic while clearing the ball but no yellow card.

87: Costigan plays a nice one-two with Freimanis but can't lay the ball off

88: Another late challenge by Chelsea and Taiwo is given a yellow card.

89: Costigan plays the ball into the box from the left hand side but Fitzpatrick's header is well off target.

90: Cawley plays the ball into the box but it won't drop for anybody

90: Chelsea break up the left and the cross is almost turned into the net by a Saints defender before Philips fires wide for Chelsea - no idea when he came on!

90: There will be a minimum of no minutes injury time!

FULL TIME: SAINTS 2 - 2 CHELSEAS XI

The game itself was a bit scrappy but a good test for the Saints in pre-season.