Chelsea youngsters find glory yet again

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Chelsea’s junior side captain Mason Mount holds the FA Youth Cup trophy as team mates celebrate. PICTURE: ACTION IMAGES

Chelsea's junior side lifted the FA Youth Cup for the fourth consecutive time on Wednesday, thrashing Manchester City 5-1 on the night at Stamford Bridge.

Added to a 1-1 draw in the first leg at City's Etihad Campus academy stadium last week, that gave an overall result of 6-2 to the Blues.

It is the third final in succession where Chelsea have beaten Manchester City, and represents the longest period of domination by one side in the FA Youth Cup since Manchester United's young Busby Babes won five-in-a-row in the 1950s.

The majority of the players are true homegrowns: young men from the local area, nurtured from an early age.

Team coach Jody Morris, Hammersmith-born and a product of the Chelsea academy himself in the 1990s, was full of praise for his side.

“I would back them at the highest level,” he said. “I’m lucky enough to see them every day, but we’ve definitely got players here that can go to the top.”

Chelsea had a dream start, when Trevoh Chalobah opened the scoring in the seventh minute.

The Sierra Leone-born defender is brother of first teamer Nathaniel, and has been on Chelsea's books since U9 level.

An audacious second was added by Londoner Ike Ugbo, whose overhead kick with his back to goal stunned the crowd.

City pulled one back after the beak, through Lukas Nmecha, before Blues ran riot with three second half goals.

Callum Hudson-Odoi, just 16 and one of the most highly rated talents in the squad, made it 3-1 on the night.

Also a Londoner, he is another to have trained with Chelsea since U9s level – the youngest age of registration.

London-born Dujon Sterling added a fourth; while substitute Cole Dasilva, who was signed from Luton at U12 level along with his two brothers, netted three minutes from time.

Four of the five goalscorers are England junior internationals, with Dasilva now featuring for Wales' U19s.

Previous graduates of Chelsea FA Youth Cup sides have included Nathan Ake, who starred for the Blues' first team in the senior FA Cup semi final at Wembley last week.

The FA Youth Cup final was watched by a Stamford Bridge crowd of 5,000 - including first team boss Antonio Conte.

He will hope to emulate the success of the youngsters, with his first team pushing for the Premier League title, and due to face Arsenal in the FA Cup final at Wembley next month.

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