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Chelsea win the FA Youth Cup!

01/05/2018

Chelsea under-18s have made history by becoming FA Youth Cup winners for the fifth year in a row!

It's been an incredible cup run for the young Blues, they've only conceded one goal in the whole tournament!

This goal came from the first leg of this fixture against Arsenal, which gave the hosts some confidence for the final. However, the Blues came from behind to win the first-leg 3-1, putting us in the great place to eventually pick up the trophy!

It didn't take us long to get the scoring underway! Juan Castillo collected the ball on the left wing, before crossing it towards goal. An Arsenal defender attempted to header the ball away, but it landed at the feet of Billy Gilmour, who neatly controlled the ball before hitting it on the half volley into the back of the net!

After a brilliant start, the confidence was definitely on our side. But this didn't stop the hosts from trying to claw it back!

Arsenal captain Danny Ballard put a dangerous header just wide, before Xavier Amaerchi found his way in the box to have an attempt on goal. Luckily, Castillo was there to deal with the danger.

With attacks from both sides coming thick and fast, the first-half finished without any more goals. The same can't be said about the second half though…

Arsenal came out looking the more attacking of the two sides after the restart, firing in a number of set pieces which tested the Blues defence.

When the ball made its way towards the other end though, the Blues capitalised brilliantly.

A beautiful pass from Gilmour opened up the play, and when Reece James slipped the ball through to Daishawn Redan, he crossed it across to find Hudson-Odoi, who kept his cool and fired the ball into the net.

This put us up to 5-1 on aggregate, making the trophy pretty much ours! Now all we had to do was keep up momentum and not slip.

It was time for some fresh legs, with Clinton Mola and Tino Anjorin coming on to replace Gallagher and McEachran.

It didn't take long for Anjorin to make an impact, he scored six minutes after his introduction!

This time Huson-Odoi was the creator, making a run down the wing before squaring the ball for Anjorin to fire into the net. What a substitution!

Even with such a big goal margin and a certain trophy, the Blues still wanted more!

Anjorin's fresh legs provided the Blues with another serge towards goal, he fed the ball towards Hudson-Odoi, who slipped his way past a defender before firing in another goal.

This attacking masterclass made the result on the night 4-0, and 7-1 on aggregate!

It was a heroic win for the Blues, as they secured the FA Youth Cup for the fifth year in a row.

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