Chelsea go up to fourth in PL2
The young Blues beat Sunderland 3-0 on Friday night to move up to fourth in the Premier League 2 table.
Centre-back Richard Nartey opened the scoring after just four minutes, popping up at the back post to connect with a Mason Mount set-piece for his first goal at that age group.
Chelsea continued to dominate, and were 3-0 up five minutes into the second half thanks to two goals from Ike Ugbo.
As usual, Ugbo was leading the line, while Mount was joined by Harvey St Clair and Isaac Christie-Davies just behind the striker. Ruben Sammut and Kyle Scott provided extra protection for a back four of Nartey, Dujon Sterling, Trevoh Chalobah and Jon Panzo. Mitchell Beeney was chosen in goal.
Chelsea were on the front foot from the start. Mount found space in the final third, and then St Clair with a neat pass, but Sunderland were able to get a tackle in.
Barely a minute later the Blues were ahead. Mount whipped in a dangerous delivery and the ball flew all the way to Nartey at the back post, who scored.
The Blues continued to threaten Sunderland's goal, with St Clair, Mount, Ugbo and Christie-Davies causing problems. The second goal came when young defender Jon Panzo burst down the wing and delivered a perfect cross for Ugbo to head home.
Ugb got his second and Chelsea's third just after half-time. Again it was the attacking four causing problems: Mount exchanged passes with St Clair before finding Christie-Davies with a cutback. Christie-Davis's shot was blocked, but the ball fell to Ugbo who made no mistake.
The Under-18s were in action on Saturday, meanwhile, but were beaten 2-0 by Manchester City in their first defeat since September. They return to action in Manchester on Tuesday 18 April for the first leg of the FA Youth Cup final.