Match Report

Under-18s report: Tottenham 3 Chelsea 5

Chelsea’s Under-18s overcame their north London rivals in an eight-goal showing at Tottenham’s training ground on Saturday morning.

A first-half blitz put the game to bed as the Blues ran riot - Lewis Bate's penalty opened the scores and Joe Haigh doubled our tally soon after. Armando Broja hit a brace either side of a Xavier Simons goal to see the Blues five goals up at half-time.

Tottenham attempted a rescue mission and got on the scoresheet after an hour's play. Their second was a goal worthy of its applause as Tarelle Whittaker got his brace by striking into the top corner from distance to make it 5-2. The third came from 12 yards when substitute Harvey White coverted from the spot but ultimately the damange was inflicted in the opening half where Chelsea notched five and sealed the points.

The visitors got off to the best possible start, Haigh winning a penalty in the opening 20 seconds, which allowed Bate to slot home and put the Blues in an early lead.

Broja went close inside the first 10 minutes of action but couldn’t quite find the target with two close-range efforts - the Blues looked ruthless and hungry for more goals.

Our second came six minutes later - the combination of Haigh and Bate proved fruitful again as the former headed home from the central midfielder’s wide free-kick. 2-0 Blues after a faultless opening 16 minutes.

Broja continued working hard as the frontman and got his goal midway through the first half. Simons’ low centre was palmed clear by the Spurs keeper but the Albania youth international was on hand to power home the rebound from two yards out. Broja was in the right place at the right time to give the Blues a three-goal lead.

There was no let-up for the hosts however as captain Dynel Simeu turned provider for the hard-working Simons to scramble the ball over the line from close range. 4-0 Chelsea.

Tottenham’s first attempt on goal came shortly after as midfielder Rafferty Pedder rushed his effort when a cross came in from the right – Jake Askew watched the ball safely over his net.

It got even better for Chelsea four minutes before the interval and Haigh was involved again. Broja latched on to his through ball, leaving the defender in his trail before coolly slotting into the net for our fifth and his second of the morning. After a dominant half of football, Chelsea were five goals to the good.

Sam McClelland looked to get in on the scoring act shortly after the restart but Spurs managed to clear the attempt off the line and away from danger.

The game settled down as we looked to defend our lead but Askew wasn’t able to keep a clean sheet after Whittaker got a foot to a cross which took the ball into the net after 60 minutes of play.

The early second-half goal seemed to spark some confidence into the Spurs team who looked a much better side from the opening 45 minutes. Whittaker doubled his tally in stunning fashion, striking on target using the underside of the woodwork as help. It was 5-2 with 10 minutes to go.

Tottenham found a third when the referee pointed to the spot following Harvey Vale’s challenge. Chelsea protested but the officials' decision was final. White dispatched from 12 yards, Askew’s hand wasn’t strong enough to divert the ball away from goal.

There wasn't enough time for the hosts to impose themselves further as the penalty was the last bit of action as the end of time was signalled. Chelsea’s strong first half proved enough to collect the points despite a late showing from Tottenham.

The Under-18s are next in action after the international break when they take on Arsenal in the final Premier League Cup group game.

Chelsea (4-2-3-1) Jake Askew; Levi Colwill, Dynel Simeu (c), Sam McClelland, Henry Lawrence; Lewis Bate, Xavier Simons; Valentino Livramento (Samuel Iling-Junior 85), Marcel Lewis, Joe Haigh (Harvey Vale 68); Armando Broja (George Nunn 60)
Unused subs Charlie Wiggett, Prince Adegoke
Scorers Bate (pen) 2; Haigh 16; Broja 20, 40; Simons 25
Booked Bate

Tottenham Thimothee Lo-Tutala, Derm Lusala, Dennis Cirkin, Max Robson (Rushaun Mathurin 82), Morges Muir, Aaron Skinner, Tarelle Whittaker, Rafferty Pedder, Dane Scarlett (Romaine Mundle 14), Yango Alonso (Harvey White 54), Chay Cooper
Unused subs Kasper Kurylowicz
Scorers Whittaker 60, 80; White (pen) 89
Booked Skinner, Muir, Pedder, Robson

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