Frank Lampard’s first game in charge of Chelsea ended in a 1-1 draw as Bohemians trialist Eric Molloy struck a last-gasp equaliser.
Michy Batshuayi scored the first goal of Lampard’s reign in the first half as the Blues looked to get off to a winning start under the former Chelsea midfielder.
But Molloy produced an excellent finish in the 89th minute to leave Lampard waiting for his first win since being appointed head coach at Stamford Bridge.
Before kick-off, all eyes were on Lampard’s first team sheet and the new Blues head coach opted for a 4-2-3-1 formation.
His first starting line-up included Cesar Azpilicueta at center-back, while Danny Drinkwater partnered Ethan Ampadu and Kasey Palmer in midfield as Lampard opted for a blend of youth and experience.
It was Batshuayi, included as a lone striker, who impressed during the opening 45 minutes.
The Belgium international looked extremely sharp and he was rewarded with the first goal of the Lampard era, firing home from close range in the eighth minute after Kenedy’s shot was deflected into his path.
Tiemoue Bakayoko and Kurt Zouma, who both spent last season away from Stamford Bridge, were given a run out alongside youngsters Lewis Baker, Izzy Brown and Billy Gilmour.
Bakayoko and Gilmour went close to doubling Chelsea’s advantage, but goalkeeper James Talbot produced two excellent saves before the hosts grabbed a dramatic 89th-minute equaliser.
Chelsea gifted possession to Keith Ward, who slid the ball through for Molloy and he took full advantage to level the scores.