Chelsea U19 showed their superiority over Norwegian side Molde FC as the young Blues defeated them 10-1 in the first leg encounter of the UEFA Youth League and record the club’s highest ever tally in European competition.
The Chelsea team were runners-up in the competition last term and winners in both 2015 and 2016, and the young Blues were just too hot for Molde to handle.
Daishawn Redan and Billy Gilmour scored a hat-trick, and there was a brace for Charlie Brown and a first goal since March for George McEachran as Joe Edwards’s side hit double figures and effectively ended the contest ahead of the return in Scandinavia later this month.
The game started in a good contest, and as early as the 18th minute, Charlie Brown opened the scoring after Conor Gallagher carried the ball into the 18-yard box but couldn’t find a clear path to goal, and his shot deflected into the path of Brown, who finished from close range for his fourth goal of the season.
Chelsea ended the first winning the game 7-0, and Molde managed to pull an unlikely goal back with 14 minutes remaining as substitute Anders Iversen finished a cross from the right.
The second leg of this tie will take place at the Aker Stadion in Norway on Wednesday 24 October, with the winners progressing to face either KR Reykjavik or Elfsborg in the second knockout round.