Bohemians 14-year-old Evan Ferguson stars against Chelsea
Striker came off the bench as Lampard’s first game ended as a draw at Dalymount Park
14-year-old Evan Ferguson came off the bench for Bohemians during their 1-1 draw with Chelsea. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho
Fifteen-year-old Coco Gauff was the story of Wimbledon, as she upset the odds to make it to the fourth round before losing to Simona Halep.
The Dalymount Park fixture was Frank Lampard’s first game in charge of the Blues, and he named an XI mixed with established first team squad members and fringe players.
Afterwards Lampard admitted his side need to boost their fitness after their draw in Dublin, with Molloy’s late strike cancelling out Michy Batshuayi’s opener.
“Fitness was our issue, we’ve been working hard on it, even this morning,” he told a press conference after the game.
“Fitness was always going to be an issue against a team that’s halfway through their season. We certainly pushed ourselves to the limit.
“The quicker we get there the better. It’s about individuals getting fit. Some of the young lads were really good. We want to get a level of fitness and intensity in their game.”
Batshuayi, who had been on loan at Crystal Palace from January, also started and he fired in from close range after eight minutes.
“I’ve enjoyed it, we’ve got great support over here. It was a tough game for us, we’ve only been here for a few days. But I’m pleased with how we got on,” Lampard added.
“I’ve been pleased with the players’ attitude since I arrived last week.”