Chelsea U18 and Manchester City U18 played out a 1-1 draw at the Academy Stadium in the first leg of this year’s FA Youth Cup final.
Chelsea youngster Ike Ugbo scored the opener with just a minute left to half-time, to score his ninth goal of the tournament.
Two minutes after the hour mark, Dujon Sterling lost possession on the right to Foden and the midfielder advanced into the box before beating Thompson with an accomplished low finish, only the third goal conceded by Chelsea who are the holders in this Cup campaign.
The game ended that way in terms of scoreline and the return leg takes place at Stamford Bridge next Wednesday 26 March.
Speaking after the game, under 18 coach Jody Morris told the official Chelsea website how pleased he was with the team’s performance.
“I was really pleased with the performance attacking-wise,” Morris said. “I felt we played some lovely stuff, especially in the first half. We opened Man City up numerous times with some real quality. The defensive side of our game I was a little disappointed with, especially in the first half when I felt when the ball turned over we had some people who were day-dreaming and not really at it.
“City had two clear-cut chances in the first half which were from our lapses of concentration. We looked more solid in the second half but saying that, the goal we gifted them was not good. It was a real blow to concede a goal like that once we said to tighten up at half-time and we had looked more solid.
“We have looked very solid defensively in this cup run but when you are coming up against the front three Man City have, you have to be right at it and fully concentrated. If you want to go on and play at the top level, you have to concentrate all the time, even when you are in possession and I felt that is something we did not really do in the first half.”