Chelsea 7-1 Spurs (FAYC) - match spotlight
18 March 2017|Tottenham Hotspur
Our FA Youth Cup run came to a shuddering halt on Saturday evening (March 18) with a heavy defeat to a rampant Chelsea side at Stamford Bridge.
Holders of the cup, our London rivals swept into a seventh final in eight seasons, bringing to an end what had been up until this tie an impressive campaign for our youngsters.
Trailing 2-1 from Tuesday's first leg at White Hart Lane, we conceded three times before the break and four times after it to crash to defeat, with Jack Roles' 70th-minute strike all we had to show for our efforts.
Kazaiah Sterling's first-half penalty was well saved by home goalkeeper Jared Thompson – an early sign that it wasn't going to be our day, with Chelsea going on to register a 7-1 victory, 9-2 on aggregate.
GOAL: CHELSEA 1-0 SPURS (AGG 3-1) - IKE UGBO - 4mins
Despite a bright start we fell behind in frustrating circumstances after four minutes. Our players were appealing for a corner close to the byline on the left but Chelsea worked the ball back to Reece James, whose cross was knocked beyond goalkeeper Brandon Austin by Ike Ugbo from close range. We had a couple of good chances in the moments that followed but Sterling strayed off-side and then Reo Griffiths went through on the left side of the box but goalkeeper Thompson was there to block his low shot.
GOAL: CHELSEA 2-0 SPURS (AGG 4-1) - TREVOH CHALOBAH - 18mins
The home side grabbed a second goal on 18 minutes when a cross from the left was knocked down to Trevoh Chalobah and, with our defenders caught on their heels, the Chelsea man rammed home from six yards.
PENALTY SAVED: THOMPSON DENIES STERLING - 26mins
A good chance to get off the mark on the day went begging on 26 minutes when, after Sterling was impeded by Mason Mount in the area as he tried to pick up the pieces following Roles’ free-kick, the front man's well-struck penalty was met by an impressive save from Thompson, who flung his left arm up as he dived to his right to keep the ball out.
GOAL: CHELSEA 3-0 SPURS (AGG 5-1) - IKE UGBO (PENALTY) - 37mins
Chelsea extended their lead eight minutes before the break when Dujon Sterling went to ground under Nick Tsaroulla's challenge and Ugbo sent the resulting penalty straight down the middle. George McEachran hit the outside of the post from a very tight angle a few moments later.
Above: Kazaiah Sterling battles for possession.
GOAL: CHELSEA 4-0 SPURS (AGG 6-1) - DUJON STERLING - 56mins
We had our best spell of the game after the break with Sterling shooting inches wide under pressure following a great move but it was 4-0 on 56 minutes when a cross from the left bounced through to the unmarked Dujon Sterling to drive home from six yards.
GOAL: CHELSEA 5-0 SPURS (AGG 7-1) - CALLUM HUDSON-ODOI - 62mins
Chelsea were finding openings far too easily and on 62 minutes, substitute Callum Hudson-Odoi raced through to slot low past Austin.
GOAL: CHELSEA 6-0 SPURS (AGG 8-1) - IKE UGBO - 68mins
Ugbo completed his treble on 68 minutes when he snuck in behind our defence and although retreating skipper George Marsh did his best to put the striker off, he still managed to scoop the ball into the corner.
GOAL: CHELSEA 6-1 SPURS (AGG 8-2) - JACK ROLES - 70mins
We grabbed a consolation goal on 70 minutes when Sterling sent Griffiths racing towards the Chelsea defence in the right channel, he turned inside and saw his shot saved by Thompson but Roles was alive to the situation and clipped in on the rebound.
GOAL: CHELSEA 7-1 SPURS (AGG 9-2) - JUAN CASTILLO - 85mins
Our misery was complete five minutes from time when Hudson-Odoi roamed in from the left and played a slide-rule pass through to Juan Castillo, who stroked across goal and into the corner from the left angle.
JOHN MCDERMOTT, HEAD OF PLAYER DEVELOPMENT, SAID
“We said in the changing room afterwards that everybody, every player, every substitute, every member of staff has got to reflect very deeply about what happened tonight and that there’s two ways to react to this – one is not to learn from it and an experience like this ends up defeating us, or does it stimulate us to realise that there was a gulf tonight and we must now go about our work as staff and players to try to improve?
“All credit to Chelsea, they were excellent in every department, their players deserve a lot of credit and over the two legs we can’t hide from the score. There is a gulf, but life must go on and on Monday or Tuesday we’ll get back into training, reflect and move on. We will move on – I still believe that some of our players have got potential but there’s more work than perhaps we thought to try to achieve the standards that we need to achieve.
“If you summarise the game, they were obviously far more clinical, they exploited most of their chances, we didn’t and they made minimal mistakes in and around their penalty box. We often talk about effectiveness and I thought in terms of effectively going about their job, man for man the Chelsea players were more effective than ours. We’ve got to withstand the criticism that will come, withstand the embarrassment that we all feel, but that’s part of professional sport. We’ve now got to react positively to it.”
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.
We start the merit group phase of the Under-18 Premier League season next Saturday with a home game against Stoke City. The Potters are also FA Youth Cup semi-finalists this term but suffered a 6-0 defeat to Manchester City in their first leg meeting.