Adi Viveash's side make Youth Cup Final after aggregate win over Liverpool in last four
Chelsea 2-1 Liverpool (Chelsea win 4-1 on aggregate)
The FA Youth Cup
Semi-Final second leg
Friday 19 April 2013
by Zarif Rasul
Chelsea are on course to claim back-to-back FA Youth Cup wins after defeating Liverpool 2-1 to clinch a 4-1 Semi-Final aggregate victory and set up a Final meeting with Norwich City.
Alex Kiwomya’s late brace at Anfield a week ago had handed the Blues a 2-0 first-leg lead and quick-fire strikes from John Swift and Nathan Ake, which followed Liverpool winger Kristoffer Peterson’s superb early opener, ensured another showpiece appearance for the 2012 winners.
Chelsea dominated the proceedings from start to finish and can consider themselves unlucky not to have won by a greater margin, with Islam Feruz and Kiwomya guilty of spurning fantastic opportunities to extend their advantage after the interval.
However it was Liverpool who created the earliest opportunity of the evening, with Lloyd Jones heading over the bar after meeting Jordan Lussey’s deep, searching free-kick.
And Steve Cooper’s men were given great hope of overturning Chelsea’s lead shortly after when Peterson broke the deadlock in sublime fashion.
The Swedish attacker picked the ball up on the left-hand touchline before embarking on a weaving run toward the box and surprising Chelsea goalkeeper Mitchell Beeney with a clinical, low finish inside the near post.
Unfortunately for Liverpool, that proved to be as good as it would get as the hosts quickly settled into their groove.
Kevin Wright, the Blues defender, saw his low shot from outside the box well held by Ryan Fulton, while Jeremie Boga’s effort was blocked following a neat exchange with Swift.
It took until four minutes before the interval for Chelsea to find the back of the net and it owed a great deal to the industry and vision of Swift.
The midfielder sprayed the ball to the right-hand channel into the path of Kiwomya, who drilled the ball back across face of goal. Swift timed his run perfectly and effortlessly swept the ball beyond Fulton.
Things got from bad to worse for Liverpool seconds before half-time as Ake, who was unmarked at the near post, planted a free header past Fulton to leave the visitors facing an uphill task.
The Reds were nearly back on level terms in the 52nd minute but Jerome Sinclair, who had admirably stayed on his feet following heavy contact with Ake inside the box, lashed a left-footed shot against the crossbar.
From then on, Chelsea carved open Liverpool at will – both Feruz and Kiwomya had efforts ruled out for offside – but two goals on the night proved to be enough for Adi Viveash’s men, who will now travel to Carrow Road for the first leg of The Final.