Under-18s beat Spurs in FA Youth Cup
Chelsea Under-18s have a vital advantage going into the second leg of their FA Youth Cup semi-final after beating Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 at White Hart Lane.
Two goals in six first-half minutes put the Blues in a commanding position, but Spurs were able to score a late goal against the run of play.
Reece James opened the scoring with a flicked header in the 34th minute, darting to the near post to get a touch on a corner. The ball looped off a defender, over the goalkeeper and into the net.
It was all that Chelsea deserved. During the first half hour, the Blues had been firmly on top. Captain Mason Mount had come closest to opening the scoring, but saw his free kick come off the post.
Mount was part of an attacking three that included Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ike Ugbo. Coach Jody Morris was playing a 3-4-3, a formation that has worked so well for Antonio Conte's first team this season.
Reece James, Trevoh Chalobah and Josh Grant played in a solid back three in front of goalkeeper Jamie Cumming.
Dujon Sterling and Juan Castillo were the dangermen on the wing, while Jacob Maddox and Tariq Uwakwe provided further protection and creation in central midfield.
The two wing-backs caused Spurs problems all game and were heavily involved in the second goal. Castillo crossed in a dangerous deep ball which Sterling passed back into the six-yard box for Ugbo to head home for his fifth Youth Cup goal of the season.
The Blues pressed for a third, but Spurs were able to get one back in the 88th minute. It was the first time Chelsea have let in a goal in the cup this season!
Chelsea had their best chance to make it three when substitute Harvey St Clair was fouled in the box, but another sub Luke McCormick hit the post.
Chelsea welcome Spurs to South West London on Saturday for the second leg, as they look to win their fourth FA Youth Cup title in four years.