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Chelsea 5-1 Man City

Chelsea win FA Youth Cup for fourth year in a row after 5-1 win over Manchester City

Wednesday 26 Apr 2017

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.

Chelsea 5-1 Manchester City
  • 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.

Chelsea were on a role by now and yet another title was all but sealed when Sterling left the City defence for dead down the right before placing a firm side-footer past the exposed Aro Muric to make it 4-1 on the night.

They weren’t finished either, as substitute Cole Dasilva rubbed further salt into the City wounds when he finished from close range after Muric had saved a shot from fellow sub George McEachran in the 87th minute.

It was a harsh scoreline on Carsley's side, but after yet another near-perfect campaign from Chelsea, they just couldn't find a way to break their dominance of the competition.

Chelsea (3-4-3): 1 Jamie Cumming, 2 Reece James, 3 Trevoh Chalobah, 4 Marc Guehi; 5 Juan Castillo, 6 Tariq Uwakwe, 7 Dujon Sterling, 8 Jacob Maddox, 9 Ike Ugbo, 10 Mason Mount, 11 Callum Hudson Odoi

Substitutes: Martell Taylor-Crossdale for Ugbo 77, George McEachran for Uwakwe 80, Cole Dasilva for Hudson Odoi 83

Subs not used: Marcin Bulka, Conor Gallacher

Head coach: Jody Morris

Goals: Chalobah 7, Ugbo 24, Hudson-Odoi 60, Sterling 66, Dasilva 87

Manchester City (4-2-3-1): 1 Aro Muric, 2 Demeaco Duhaney, 3 Sadou Diallo, 4 Ed Francis, 5 Tyreke Wilson, 6 Jacob Davenport, 7 Brahim Diaz, 8 Matt Smith, 9 Lukas Nmecha, 10 Phil Foden, 11 Jadon Sancho

Substitutes: Luke Bolton for Davenport 45, Lorenzo Gonzalez for Sancho 77, Tom Dele-Bashiru for Diaz 80

Subs not used: Jeremie Frimpong, Pawel Sokol

Head coach: Lee Carsley

Goals: Nmecha 52

Referee: Oliver Langford

Attendance: 5000

By Nicholas Veevers