Chelsea have reached the FA Youth Cup final.
Trying to develop their youth academy and spending thousands on football training equipment for their youngsters is eventually paying off for the Blues, who convincingly won on home soil this evening.
They advanced to the final where they will play Norwich City after defeating Liverpool on aggregate, 4-1.
It didn’t all go Chelsea’s way though as they found themselves behind after Kristoffer Peterson played his own way into the Chelsea box and delivered a neat finish into Mitchell Beeney’s bottom right corner.
John Swift grabbed the equaliser for the Blues when he charged his way down the pitch, played out to the wing and made space for himself to receive it back. He then produced a sublime side footed effort into the back of the net that any first-team player would be proud of.
The superb Nathan Ake, who was clearly a cut above the rest, added the second for Chelsea when he lost his marker at the front post from a corner.
Jerome Sinclair nearly levelled the scores at the start of the second half but was unable to find a way under the crossbar.
Alex Kiwomya, who has been on a brilliant run of form recently, almost made sure Liverpool would have no way back late in the game when he failed to hit the target twice after being played through.
Chelsea skipper Nathan Baker hit the post with a very late free kick, but by then it seemed the victory was already secured with a confident performance from Ade Viveash’s side.
At times their tackling was hard-fought and their football simple and attractive. Liverpool maintained credibility with a good work ethic but were unlucky on the night that nothing came of it.
The first leg of the final will be played at Carrow Road a week on Monday, with the second leg at Stamford Bridge to be confirmed.