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Friday 11 January 2013

Barclays U21s: Terry helps Chelsea get off to winning start

John Terry leads Chelsea young guns to 2-0 Qualification Group Tier 1 victory against Fulham

  • Feruz Islam scored the opening goal for Chelsea against Fulham. Photo: CFC

  • John Terry came through the exercise unscathed after playing for 45 minutes. Photo: CFC

  • George Saville was among the Chelsea players watched by Rafa Benitez. Photo: CFC

Chelsea made a winning start to the second phase of their Barclays Under-21 Premier League campaign as they overcame Fulham 2-0 in their opening Qualification Group Tier 1 encounter at Cobham Training Ground.

With club captain John Terry returning from his knee injury to marshall the defence for the opening 45 minutes under the watchful eye of manager Rafael Benitez, the Blues proved hard to break down and emerged victorious thanks to second-half strikes by Islam Feruz and Lewis Baker.

Feruz helped himself to his sixth goal of the season when he pounced on a mistake by goalkeeper Jesse Joronen, whom he lobbed from long range on 62 minutes. The hosts then doubled their lead when Baker scored from the penalty spot after Milan Lalkovic's cross was handled by Sean Kavanagh.

Though there were chances at both ends in the closing stages, the Blues, who need to finish top of their seven-team group in order to reach the play-off for a semi-final place, held on for the victory, while Terry emerged unscathed from his run-out.

Chelsea match report | Fulham match report.

Download full fixture list here

Wednesday 9 January 2013
Elite Group

Arsenal (Santos) 1-1 West Bromwich Albion (Nabi)

Thursday 10 January 2013
Elite Group

Chelsea (Feruz, Baker) 2-0 Fulham

Friday 11 January 2013
Group 2
Stoke City v Norwich City, 6.30pm, Nantwich Town FC

Monday 14 January 2013
Elite Group

Tottenham Hotspur v Wolverhampton Wanderers, 1pm, THFC Training Centre
Liverpool v Southampton, 2pm, LFC Academy
Manchester United v West Ham United, 7pm, Altrincham FC

Group 1
Aston Villa v Middlesbrough, 7pm, Hinckley United FC
Blackburn Rovers v Everton, 7pm, Leigh Sports Village

Group 2
Manchester City v Reading, 1pm, Athletics Stadium
Crystal Palace v Bolton Wanderers, 7pm, Selhurst Park

To view the league tables after the qualificaton stage, click here

You can follow developments on Twitter with the Premier League's account @premierleague or via the hashtag #BU21PL

Key Points

  • Chelsea make winning start to Barclays Under-21 Premier League second phase against Fulham
  • John Terry plays for 45 minutes as he steps up return from knee injury
  • Islam Feruz and Lewis Baker score second-half goals in 2-0 win

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