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Chelsea U18's 4 Fulham U18's 2


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The Under 18s' improvement in results continued on Saturday at Cobham as they made it three wins in the last four games with some quality finishing in an entertaining and well-balanced encounter.

For the second weekend running, the side that had been sitting top of the league table was beaten by Adi Viveash's side. It was Chelsea with the upper hand in the first half, goals from John Swift and a Lewis Baker penalty giving the young Blues a 2-1 advantage at the break.

Fulham improved in the second half and equalised but a good display in goal from Jamal Blackman and two goals from substitute Alex Kiwomya (pictured) won the day.

Lucas Piazon, the Brazilian Under 17 international whom Chelsea reached agreement to sign back in March, made his competitive debut on the right-hand side of the front three and played the first half. He had one shot deflected over.

Chelsea found the net for the opener on 24 minutes. Amin Affane had a hand in three of his side's goals and it was his corner that was headed in by John Swift, scorer of the only goal against West Ham in the previous game.

Fulham equalised on 35 minutes and it was the first of two goals for Buomesca Na Bangna who until last month was a Chelsea player. He raced through the home defence and finished well but Chelsea regained the lead six minutes before the break, Lewis Baker scoring from the penalty spot after Affane was fouled. The half-time lead was deserved.

In the second half Fulham piled on a lot of pressure and Chelsea were more on the back foot.

Blackman, fresh from a second-half appearance for England Under 19s on Thursday, made a good case to be man of the match with several excellent saves. The first, after 58 minutes, was a double stop to deny Cayley Woodrow and Na Bangna.

That was a warning and on 61 minutes Fulham did make it 2-2 with a counter attack. Na Bangna's shot deflected in off right-back Alistair Gordon.

It was an end-to-end match which at that stage could have easily gone either way.

Blackman made another fine stop from Lyle Della-Verde and Chelsea went straight up the other end of the pitch for schoolboy striker Kiwomya to make it 3-1 from a good Baker through ball.

The game was made safe in the 88th minute by Kiwomya, his a composed finish from six yards after a fine, lofted pass by Affane. It was Kiwomya's sixth goal of the season from a total of three starts and four sub appearances.

Chelsea had taken our best chances whereas too often for the visitors when well-placed, Blackman was in their way.

'I'm really pleased as we played some outstanding football,' said youth team manager Adi Viveash.

'Certainly the first half was the best I've seen all season. We played very well last week at West Ham but today we controlled the game in the first half and I was impressed with the way we changed our tempo on the ball throughout.

'We were clinical at finishing which was the important thing but all credit to Fulham, for the first 20 minutes of the second half they caused us problems. Overall it was a highly entertaining game.'

Chelsea (4-3-3): Jamal Blackman ©; Alistair Gordon, Alex Davey (Jordan Houghton 71), Nathan Ake, Adam Nditi; Lewis Baker, Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Archange Nkumu 77), John Swift; Lucas Piazon (Alex Kiwomya 45), Islam Feruz, Amin Affane.

Unused subs: Michell Beeney, Ismail Seremba.

Source: Chelsea FC

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