An equaliser in the final minute of extra time denied Frank Lampard a first victory as Chelsea manager.
Lampard named two completely different starting XI’s in each half and despite taking an early lead through Michy Batshuayi’s powerful strike, Chelsea’s lack of match fitness showed as they rarely stepped out of second gear. Few players excelled in Dublin, as a turgid apathy began to consume the Blues’ play.
They were then rightly punished for their complacent attitude when Bohemians trialist Eric Molley smashed in the equalising goal from inside the 18-yard box.
Chelsea had a few bright spells early on in each half, with both Billy Gilmour and Tiemoue Bakayoko drawing good saves from Bohemians keeper’ James Talbot, but their play was generally slow and ponderous with players seemingly lacking the confidence to make runs off the ball.
The game will serve as a welcome reminder to Lampard and his staff of the challenge they have ahead of them, but with more senior figures returning to the fold they will be hopeful of a positive result in their next game against St Patrick’s on Saturday.
Willy Caballero - 6
Was forced into a few routine stops, but never looked troubled, commanded his area well. Solid display from the Argentine goalkeeper.
Dujon Sterling - 5
Was unwilling to break past his man and deliver a cross, contributing to Chelsea’s laborious build-up play in the first-half. Perhaps a wasted opportunity to impress.
Cesar Azpilicueta - 6
Coasted through the first-half and will be glad to have kept his clean sheet, albeit from just 45 minutes of action. Could have aspirations to play at centre-back next season.
Marc Guehi - 6
Limited what little threat Bohemians posed on the break, but will have seen this more as an opportunity to gain match fitness than anything else.
Kenedy - 6
His deflected shot fell kindly to Batshuayi, and he did look to make runs in behind but more often than not found that Chelsea’s play was in front of the Bohemians backline. As a result he began to drop deeper in search of the ball, and his influence subsequently diminished.
Danny Drinkwater - 5.5
Whilst Ampadu provided defensive stability Drinkwater was utilised in a more dynamic midfield role but struggled to generate any real pace or direction in his passing.
Ethan Ampadu - 6
Got to grips with the tempo of the game, and was aggressive in the tackle. Lampard sought to encourage his style of play from the touchline in an attempt to create a higher tempo.
Pedro - 5
Never got himself into the game as Chelsea’s transition play became disjointed after a bright early spell. Disappointing performance from the veteran forward.
Connor Gallagher - 6
Had a couple of moments on and off the ball, displaying goof movement to make late darting runs into the area.
Kasey Palmer - 6
Perhaps the most impressive of all the midfielders on display in the first-half. He looked to strike up a partnership with Batshuayi through he use of some well timed passes in behind.
Michy Batshuayi - 7
Showed good strength to hold off the challenge of the Bohemians defenders and open the scoring for the Blues. His confidence only grew after the goal and he will have been one of the few players in the first-half to truly catch Lampard’s eye.
Jammie Cumming - 5
Will have been extremely disappointed to have conceded so late on, as he rarely had a chance to showcase his talents prior to the goal.
Davide Zappacosta - 6
Made some strong runs forward with the ball but was ultimately dispossessed before he could produce anything substantial.
Trevor Chalobah - 5
He tended to rush in possession and gave the ball away cheaply on a couple of occasions. Of the two young defenders on show Guehi certainly produced the more confident performance.
Kurt Zouma - 6
His turn of pace served him well when Bohemians looked to play in behind. With more game time under his belt he could prove to be a very useful player next season.
Ian Maatsen - 5
Like a lot of Chelsea’s play Maatsen was guilty of an admixture of loose passing and indecision in forward areas.
Lewis Baker - 6
Always had his head up looking to spring long balls, but found few runners offering themselves and this halted the tempo and allowed Bohemians to regroup.
Tiemoue Bakayoko - 5
A good low drive bought about Chelsea’s closest effort since the goal. Looked tired and disinterested as the game dragged on, allowing players to just drift past him.
Lucas Piazon - 5
His link up play with Gilmour produced some of Chelsea’s most promising moments in the game. Faded badly as the game progressed.
Billy Gilmour - 6.5
Unafraid to pick up the ball and dribble past an opponent, quickly switching feet and releasing a shot on goal. A bright spark in an otherwise uninspiring game.
Izzy Brown - 5.5
Lacked the confidence to shift the ball on to his weaker left foot and deliver the ball with pace in to Ike Ugbo. The one and only time he found Ugbo, Chelsea created one of their best chances of the game.
Ike Ugbo - 5
Starved of service, latching on to a few loose balls late on but still neglecting to produce a shot on goal.