Chelsea U18 beat Tottenham in their first leg meeting in the semifinals of the FA Youth Cup.
Chelsea U18 won Spurs youth team 2-1 away from home, and Chelsea youth coach Jody Morris is happy with the performance of the boys.
“I was really pleased and proud watching the boys,” he told the official Chelsea website. “We dominated a good Tottenham side and looked excellent at times, following our game plan well and sticking to our jobs, even those players who were asked to play a slightly different role than they’re used to.
“You’d think we would be happy with a performance like that and a 2-1 win at White Hart Lane but there is probably a little disappointment that we didn’t win by more goals, with the amount of chances we created and the control we had in the game.”
“He (Totteneham’s goalkeeper Brandon Austin) had a great night but we did make it easier for him at times,’ the manager said of the home goalkeeper. ‘There were a few chances we should have put away but there were others where he got down to make an amazing couple of saves. You get those nights, we’ve seen it before when you come up against a keeper who’s having the night of his life but the fact their best player was the goalkeeper and they still lost the match just shows how well we played.
“We should have scored five or six but we just got a little lax in the final third. Sometimes the final pass was off or sometimes the final ball was great but people were not getting on the end of it because they were hanging out on the edge of the box. There was not a lot wrong with the performance other than perhaps our finishing.”
The second leg of the semifinal clash between Chelsea and Tottenham in the FA Youth Cup takes place this Saturday 18 March at Stamford Bridge.