Chelsea beat Blackburn Rovers 4-0 in the first leg of their FA Youth Cup Final last night, giving them a huge advantage going into the second leg.
Captain Nathaniel Chalobah opened the scoring before Lewis Baker extended their lead. A second-half brace from Islam Feruz secured the victory and puts them in pole position going into the second-leg fixture.
A stunning performance from Chelsea goalkeeper Jamal Blackman made sure of the victory. The scoreline suggests Chelsea dominated, and they did in large parts, but there were many times when Rovers could have came back into the tie if it wasn’t for the Chelsea youngster.
Todd Kane was the first to test the Blackburn Rovers goalkeeper Matthew Urwin as he struck a left-footed effort at goal.
Down the other end, Hugo Fernandez’s cross found Curtis Haley whose header was denied by Blackman.
After 20 minutes though it was Chelsea who took the lead. Chalobah took the ball and played it out to Amin Affane on the right hand flank. The winger powered down the wing before playing the ball in and pinpointing it on to Chalobah’s head which seemed to have all the time in the world as he nodded in past Urwin.
8 minutes later Baker doubled that lead. Lucas Piazon fed him a short lay off and Baker drove a shot into the back of the net – absolutely unstoppable.
Skipper Ryan Edwards almost gave Blackburn a lifeline but saw his header saved by Blackman.
John O’Sullivan was the next to be denied by Blackman as Edwards cross found him free but he was unable to direct the ball into the net.
Chalobah’s through-ball gave Chelsea their third as he found Feruz and the Scotland striker slotted past Urwin.
Piazon provided again for the next one as Feruz poked in his second of the game and surely made sure of the victory for Chelsea heading into the second leg on 9th May.