Derby County 1-2 Chelsea
The FA Youth Cup
Sixth Round Proper
7pm, Friday 8 March 2013
Pride Park, Derby County FC
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A moment of quality from Alex Kiwomya was ultimately enough to separate Chelsea and Derby and book the Blues a place in The FA Youth Cup Semi-Final after a hard-fought match at Derby’s Pride Park.
The Londoners will meet Hull or Liverpool as they look to maintain their defence of this prestigious trophy.
And Chelsea manager Adi Viveash admitted afterwards he fancies a trip to Anfield, home of his childhood heroes, as part of a two-legged Semi-Final.
Viveash laughed: “I probably shouldn’t say this as a Chelsea man, but I followed Liverpool as a kid and it would be great to go to Anfield for a Semi-Final.”
Derby were the better side for long periods of the game and had many of the 4,188 crowd on their feet in time added on at the end as a Jamie Hanson free-kick thundered against the Chelsea crossbar with the very last kick of the game.
A spell of extra-time would have been no more than Derby deserved after they had battled their way back into the match following a 14th minute Chelsea penalty from Lewis Baker.
The referee had no option but to award a penalty after Reece Mitchell was hacked down by Derby 'keeper Ross Etheridge and Baker made no mistake with his spot kick.
Such was the challenge on Mitchell that he had to be replaced by Fankaty Dabo and was later taken to hospital for checks on a leg injury. Etheridge was booked for his tackle and it set the tone for a physical clash.
Promising Derby youngster Mason Bennett hit a post with a header after a cross from the right in added time at the end of the first half and it remained a closely balanced game after the restart.
And it was Bennett who equalised on the hour. He robbed Dabo of possession wide on the left wing and ran at goal before finishing with some fortune as his shot looped in off Alex Davey and over 'keeper Mitchell Beaney.
Extra-time seemed almost inevitable as the game went well into the final ten minutes, but Chelsea broke and the ball found Kiwomya some 20 yards out. Before Derby could close him down the Chelsea youngster drilled in a low, right foot shot for a superb finish.
Derby tried to come back and threw everyone forward at the end, even hitting the woodwork, but it was the favorites who won the day.