Chelsea clinch FA Youth Cup after 8-goal thriller at Stamford Bridge
In what turned out to be an incredible night at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea overturned a two goal aggregate deficit against Fulham to clinch the FA Youth Cup for the second time in three years.
Moussa Demebele gave Fulham, who carried a 3-2 scoreline into the second leg, the lead in the night with a fifth minute strike past Chelsea goalkeeper Mitchell Beeney. That was cancelled out by Charlie Colkett’s penalty in the 22nd minute.
Chelsea went on to take the lead in the night with a Jordan Houghton shot from the edge of the box but could not hold onto it for long with Fulham’s Patrick Roberts equalizing for the Cottagers just two minutes later.
The tie and the title looked like it were wrapped up by Fulham when midfielder Soloman Sambou unleashed a 25 yard strike to give Fulham a 6-4 lead on aggregate.
Chelsea made all of their three changes at half time and one of those substitutes, Isak Ssweankambo, gave Chlesea a glimmer of hope with a long-range strike in the 77th minute. Dom Solanke turned in Colkett’s cross in the 83rd minute to level things up on aggregate.
As Chelsea searched for a winner, it was Solanke again who scored in injury-time with a smart back-heel which sparked off scenes of jubilation at Stamford Bridge.
Final Score : Chelsea (5) 7-6 Fulham (3)