Chelsea’s remarkable FA Youth Cup run continued at Stamford Bridge as the young Blues sealed a fourth successive title with a 6-2 aggregate victory over Manchester City.
Goals from Trevoh Chalobah, Ike Ugbo, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Dujon Sterling and Cole Dasilva proved enough to ensure an emphatic 5-1 scoreline on the night in the favour of Jody Morris’s side.
- 6-2 aggregate
- The FA Youth Cup Final second leg
- Wednesday 26 April 2017
- Stamford Bridge, Chelsea FC
- Live on ITV4
They did have a brief scare when City’s Lukas Nmecha scored early in the second half to threaten a comeback but a quickfire double from the impressive Hudson-Odoi and Sterling, who scored in last year’s Final against the same opposition, meant Chelsea continued their remarkable recent record in the competition.
This was their sixth successive appearance in the Final and the third year in a row in which these two clubs have met in the Final, with the Citizens undoubtedly sick of the sight of their rivals from west London.
And Wednesday's title takes the club's FA Youth Cup total to eight, with six of those arriving since 2010.
It took just seven minutes for Chelsea to find their rhythm on this occasion, as captain Mason Mount’s corner from the right was met by Chalobah who guided a firm header into the top corner at the same end of the stadium where his older brother Nathaniel also scored in a Youth Cup Final in 2012.
And they doubled their advantage before the half-hour mark, when Sterling’s break down the right saw him beat two men before a pin-point cross picked out Ugbo in the box, who volleyed home sublimely to put the hosts in control with his tenth goal in this season's competition.
City knew they had to score the next goal and after boss Lee Carsley made an attacking change at the break by introducing Luke Bolton in place of Jacob Davenport, they got just what they needed when a ball from the right picked out Nmecha, who calmly finished past Jamie Cumming to give his side hope and also secure his status as this year's Youth Cup top scorer with eleven goals to his name.
But Chelsea made sure City’s fightback was short-lived as they restored their two-goal advantage just a few minutes later when Hudson-Odoi picked up a pass from Juan Castillo before bursting into the area and firing an unstoppable shot into the top corner.