UNDER 17S WIN FA GIRLS' YOUTH CUP

Posted on: Wed 09 May 2012

Chelsea Ladies Under 17s won the FA Girls' Youth Cup this weekend at stadium MK following a penalty shoot-out win over Arsenal Ladies.

Looking to follow up on their league success and win a domestic double, the game lived up to all expectations and more.

Following a cagey opening, in which both teams had chances on goal, Arsenal took the lead in the 33rd minute.

The Blues immediately responded and within 2 minutes Ellie Mason smashed the ball home for the equaliser.

Early in the second half Chelsea lost the leading goalscorer to what appeared to be a serious knee injury, and so were forced into a reshuffle.

Despite Chelsea losing players to injury during the second-half, the game remained 1-1 at the final whistle and so extra time began.

With players tiring and cramping, a couple more changes to the Chelsea line-up were made, but Arsenal took the lead with 13 minutes left to play.

The impressive Rosella Ayane continued to threaten for Chelsea and with five minutes to play, Ayane won a foul 35 yards out from goal. Annabel Prior, true to form all season, stepped up and buried the ball in the Arsenal goal.

The game went to penalties and with both teams scoring three from five, it moved onto sudden death.

Lauren Peck, Ashleigh James and Millie Gulley all dispatched their pressure kicks with admirable professionalism before finally Chelsea's England international goalkeeper Jess Myers kept out Arsenal's eighth penalty kick to clinch the National title.

Congratulations to all players, staff, parents and supporters alike on a season to remember for the Under 17s.