Blues kids in FA Youth final - again

By Paul Lagan
Last updated : 08 April 2016

Chelsea cruised into their fifth FA Youth Cup final in a row with a comprehensive display against plucky Blackburn Rovers at Stamford Bridge.
A 3-1 win - 4-1 on aggregate will see them play Manchester City in the two legged final, earmarked for a trip to Manchster on April 22 with the second leg at the bridge on the 29th.
Goals from Dujon Sterling, Jacob Maddox and Tammy Abraham We're enough to see the boys home.
Lewis Mansell got Rovers' consolation.
Chelsea took early lead through Dujon Sterling who broke through the Rover rear guard, latching onto a perfect pass by Mukhtar Ali to steer the ball home with a fine right-footer from just inside the penalty area, into the bottom right-hand corner of Andrew Fisher's net.
That 13th minute strike put the Blues 2-0 on aggregate.
Tammy Abraham could have put the tie beyond Rovers's reach on 23 minutes, but he racked clear and tried to curl the ball around Fisher but failed to get enough bend on the ball.
Goal number two came on a quick break on 30 minutes when Jacbo Maddox, slid the ball home from an acute angle after excellent set-up play from Sterling.
Ex-Pimlico Academy student, Tammy Abraham notched up number three five minutes before the break, smashing home a smart daily-cutter with his left leg, past a despairing dive of Fisher.
Abraham though he had got his second on 43 minutes, but was adjudged to have handled the ball before confidently tucking the ball neatly home.
There were no changes of personnel at half-time.
Rovers struck first after the restart when a powerful header from Lewis man sell from a fine left byline cross by Josh Askew zipped past Nathan Baxter on 63 minutes.
Joseph Rankin-Costello forced Baxter into tipping the ball over his crossbar as the nerves started to creep into the home side's game.
A superb breakaway by Chelsea on 73 minutes saw Abraham cut clear, he passed to in-running Mason Mount, but the midfielder, unchallenged shot directly at Fisher.


Chelsea: Nathan Baxter, Joshua Grant, Fikayo Tomori, Trevoh Chalobah, Ruben Sammut, Dujon Sterling, Mukhtar Ali, Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount, Jacob Maddox
Subs: Issac Christie Davies, Jamie Cumming, Ike Ugbo, Charlie Wakfield, Joseph Colley

Rovers, Andrew Fisher, Lewis Travis, Josh Askew, Lewis hard castle, Matthew Platt, Scott Wharton, Tre pemberton, Joseph Rankin-Costello, Lewis Mansell, Willemstad Tomlinson, Ramirez Howarth
Subs: Joseph Grayson, Ben Ascroft, Mason Fawns, Tyler Maglorie, Joel Steer


Referee Gavin Ward

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