Spurs under 18’s 1-7 Chelsea: (match report)
Our under 18’s went crashing out of the FA youth cup in spectacular fashion, as John McDermott’s Spurs side fell to a disappointing 7-1 defeat at the hands of Chelsea in the second leg of the FA Youth cup semifinal. Spurs were outclassed, outplayed and outmanoeuvred by the blues, it felt like it was Chelsea’s senior side playing against us, such was the excellence of Chelsea. The brilliance of Mason Mount, Juan Castillo and Ike Ugbo proved far too much for our youngsters, and after a good cup run it’s a real shame to see Spurs eliminated in such circumstances. The game got of to the worst possible start for Spurs when Chelsea took the lead inside four minutes, Reece James’ whipped cross being bundled home by forward Ike Ugbo from close range. Despite falling behind so early on, Spurs done well for a period as they looked to force an equaliser, but the structure and discipline of the Chelsea players was quite phenomenal. Chelsea took control of the game and on 18 minutes Jody Morris’ side doubled their advantage through centre half, Trevoh Chalobah. A Chelsea cross eventually fell to the defender, who from inside the penalty area fired home to make Spurs’ task even tougher to overcome. However, just eight minutes later and through a positive attack from Kazaiah Sterling, the centre forward won a penalty after being brought down by Mount inside the box. However, Sterling’s well struck effort from the penalty spot, was well saved by Thompson in the Chelsea nets, as the keeper got a strong hand to the ball.
Just over ten minutes after we were awarded a penalty, the hosts were also awarded one when Nick Tsaroulla brought down Dujon Sterling, after the Chelsea player embarked on a mazing run inside the box. Striker Ike Ugbo stepped up to put Chelsea 3-0 up, effectively ending the tie. After initially making a positive start to the second half where we attacked with intent, going close through Kazaiah Sterling, Spurs fell further behind on 56 minutes when Dujon Sterling got his second of the game. Sterling getting on the end of a Chelsea cross, as he despatched his chance with aplomb, 4-0 to Chelsea. Chelsea were tearing Spurs apart, and just six minutes later they made it 5-0 when they carved through our defence courtesy of a composed finish from Hudson Odoi, after he surged past the Spurs defenders to slot the ball past Austin. The goalscoring rout continued for Chelsea, six minutes later Ike Ugbo netted his hat-trick, Spurs were deflated. However, shortly afterwards Spurs pulled a goal back through midfielder Jack Roles, Chelsea goalkeeper Thompson thwarted Reo Griffiths effort into the path of Roles who was in the right place at the right time, as he poached the ball into the back of the net. Chelsea completed a disastrous day for Spurs, five minutes from time when the superb Juan Castillo capped of a nice move with Hudson Odoi, before slotting the ball home, the final score Spurs 1-7 Chelsea. A really devastating match for our youngsters, their such a talented bunch of players but they came up against a Chelsea team that are nothing short of exceptional. It’s been a great cup run for McDermott’s side and it’s a real shame the lads had to suffer such a painful defeat on the big stage, I’m hoping this defeat does not dent their confidence ahead of their final remaining league games, it’s a real learning curve for this group of players.
Chelsea’s Mason Mount is one of the best players of his generation, the midfielder carved us open on Saturday his creativity and intelligence were astounding. Mount was everywhere, him and players like Castillo and Ugbo simply overwhelmed us. John McDermott’s side return to league action next week, when they host stoke city at Hotspur way. COYS
Chelsea: Thompson, James (Guehi 65), T Chalobah, Grant, Castillo, Uwakwe (Hudson-Odoi 59), Sterling, Maddox, Ugbo (St Clair 69), Mount (c), McEachran. Substitutes (not used): McCormick, Cumming (GK).
Spurs: Austin, Eyoma, Tsaroulla (Brown 53), Marsh (c), Dinzeyi, Tanganga, Griffiths (Bennetts 74), Oakley-Boothe, Sterling, Duncan (Skipp 63), Roles. Substitutes (not used): Shashoua, Whiteman (GK).
Goals: Chelsea – Ugbo 4, 37 (pen), 68, T Chalobah 18, Sterling 56, Hudson-Odoi 62, Castillo 85; Spurs – Roles 70.
Yellow cards: Chelsea – Mount 26; Spurs – Tsaroulla 20, Marsh 41, Roles 65.
Referee: John Busby.