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Monday 03 September 2012

Piazon guides Chelsea U21s to first victory

Brazilian scores twice in convincing 5-0 win over Wolves at Stamford Bridge, while Palace triumph

  • Piazon scored in each half as Chelsea gained their first win in convincing style

Chelsea thrilled the fans who came to Stamford Bridge on Saturday with a 5-0 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers, their first win of the Barclays U21 Premier League.

Lucas Piazon opened the scoring in the first half and the home side followed up with four more after the break. Jeremie Boga, just 15, Aziz Deen-Conteeh and Lewis Baker all scored before Piazon got his second with a stoppage-time penalty. (Full report)

Crystal Palace also earned their first points of the campaign, at the third attempt, with a 4-1 victory away to Fulham.

Kwesi Appiah gave the visiting side the lead in the 12th minute but Marcello Trotta equalised for Fulham just before half-time.

Palace restored their lead four minutes after the break through Bayan Fenwick, with Ibra Sekajja making it 3-1 shortly before the hour mark. Appiah got his second, with 15 minutes remaining, to seal the match.

Palace have also announced that after more than 1,500 fans turned up at Selhurst Park for the match against Liverpool, their next three home fixtures will also take place at their home ground.

Tottenham Hotspur U21s were denied an inaugural win by a late penalty to draw 2-2 with Sunderland at Spurs Lodge. Alex Pritchard’s individual effort broke the deadlock on 40 minutes but on the stroke of half-time, David Ferguson levelled, following up after Jordan Laidler had struck the crossbar.

Yago Falque restored the lead ten minutes after the break, but just as Spurs were looking to seal the win, Sunderland won a penalty. Pritchard was adjudged to have brought down Mikael Mandron in the box and Adam Reed scored the spot-kick to secure Sunderland’s first point of the season. (Full report)

West Ham United, who have scored eight goals and conceded just two in winning their two Group 1 games, play host to Bolton Wanderers at Upton Park. Season ticketholders can go for free while tickets are £3 and £1 for concessions. (More details here)

In Group 2, there is free entry to the Britannia Stadium for Stoke City’s match against Newcastle United. (More information here.)

Like West Ham, Arsenal have won both their matches in Group 1 and will be looking to extend that run against Everton, at Underhill, home of Barnet FC, where entry will be free for the 7pm kick-off. (More details here)

Barclays U21 Premier League fixtures

Monday, September 3rd, 2012

Arsenal v Everton, Underhill, 7pm (More details here)
Norwich City v Reading, Colney Training Ground, 2pm
West Bromwich Albion v Blackburn Rovers, WBA Training Ground, 2pm
West Ham United v Bolton Wanderers, Upton Park, 7pm (More details here)

Southampton v Aston Villa, Staplewood TG, 2.30pm
Stoke City v Newcastle United, Britannia Stadium, 7.30pm

Liverpool v Manchester City, Liverpool’s Academy,  2pm

For all the results and the latest league tables, click here

For latest news on the Barclays U21 Premier League, click here.

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Key Points

  • Chelsea delight fans at Stamford Bridge with 5-0 victory over Wolves
  • Fulham beaten at home 4-1 by Crystal Palace, who will play more home games at Selhurst Park
  • Tottenham denied first victory of the season by late Sunderland penalty