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Chelsea Crowned Barclays U21 Premier League Champions

Image: Chelseafc.com

Image: Chelseafc.com

Chelsea’s Under-21s came from one-nil down to beat Manchester United and lift the Barclays U21 Premier League trophy last night.

Tom Lawrence gave the hosts the lead at Old Trafford before Charley Musonda grabbed the equaliser.

Chelsea were the stronger side in the second half and deserved victory when Lewis Baker scored a stunning effort ten minutes from time.

The Blues deservedly won the competition after finishing top of the league during the regular season.

United finished third, five points behind Chelsea in the table, but were defending the title they won last year.

It looked like victory may sway United’s way early on as they went ahead after just 12 minutes. Saidy Janko made a pacy run down the right hand side and delivered a ball into the path of James Wilson, who made his first-team debut last week. Wilson pulled the ball back for Lawrence who feigned a shot and then curled an effort into the corner past Jamal Blackman.

Chelsea only had to wait another ten minutes for the equaliser as Musonda received the ball from Nathan Ake and beat three defenders before driving the ball into the bottom corner of the net for his sixth of the season.

Islam Feruz and Ruben Loftus-Cheek both came close to stealing a third but were denied by Ben Amos on both occasions.

The decisive goal came from Baker though. Chelsea’s league top goalscorer curled a magnificent effort in from the edge of the box on 79 minutes to all but seal victory.

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About Tom Bennett

I'm a 21-year-old Multimedia Journalism student at Bournemouth University aspiring to be one of Britain's top sports journalists. Follow me on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn for contact and further information.

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