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Match Report: Chelsea Youth 6 Ipswich Youth 4


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A ten-goal thriller saw the Chelsea youth team secure a win against Ipswich today at Cobham, with Miroslav Stoch finding the net four times in the first half.

The Slovakian completed his quadruple in stoppage time before the break; Frank Nouble and Sergio Tejera completing Chelsea's tally of six in the second half.

Youth coach Paul Clement selected a side comprised of players who had featured in the FA Youth Cup first leg against Manchester City last Thursday.

With a 4-3-3 formation, Clement had Gaël Kakuta, Morten Nielsen and Adam Phillip heading the attack, while Stoch tucked in behind with Michael Woods and Tejera.

Chelsea took control of the game from the off with Stoch finding the back of the net in the first two minutes.

As Jeffrey Bruma made a run down the right from the back, he launched a ball in towards Kakuta. The Frenchman then laid the ball across to Stoch, who, after dancing along the edge of the box, fired the ball pass a fully stretched Ipswich keeper and into the back of the net.

Ipswich were back in the game by the ninth minute when Rhys Taylor attempted to collect a loose ball, but in his efforts brought down centre-forward Jack Ainsley who then converted the subsequent penalty to even the score-line.

Just two minutes later, the Blues were back in the lead when Nana Ofori-Twumasi sent a deep cross over to Kakuta who tried to send the ball into the box, but his pass was deflected into the path of Stoch who calmly smashed the ball home for his second.

Rhys Taylor then made three acrobatic saves within the space of ten minutes to keep Chelsea in the lead.

But in the 29th minute the lead was lost when Ofori-Twumasi leapt high to block a cross, only for the ball to skim off his head. It then landed to Reggie Lambe to smash a shot low past Taylor.

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It took until the 40th minute for Chelsea to take the lead once more when Kakuta danced his way into the box before bring brought down for a penalty. Stoch then sent the keeper to his right as he chipped the ball down the middle, securing his first-half hat-trick in the process.

He then made it four when Nielsen stole possession from Ipswich before releasing the Slovakian into the box for a stoppage time strike, taking his season's goal tally to 10.

As the teams came out for the second-half, Chelsea had made one change, with Kakuta coming off for Ben Gordon, who took up his role at left-back while Patrick van Aanholt moved centre-back alongside Bruma. Stoch filled the gap left by Kakuta on the left-wing.

Chelsea made another couple of changes as the hour-mark passed when Frank Nouble came on to replace Adam Phillip on the right-wing before Daniel Philliskirk later replaced Stoch on the opposite side.

Ipswich then scored two goals in succession, the first came in the 65th minute when a ball across evaded Gordon and Jack, capitalised, sending the ball low and into the bottom left.

The next goal came when Taylor came out to pressure Ainsley as he broke into the box, but as the Wales U21 dived, he brought Ainsley down to the ground, the referee harshly awarding a penalty which Paul Murphy fired into the back of the net in the 67th minute.

But within three minutes Chelsea were back in the lead when Nouble collected a Gordon cross from the left-flank and sent a low shot from an acute angle towards the keeper who deflected the awkward ball into his own net.

Chelsea's sixth came from Tejera when the Spaniard fed off Wood's cross and smashed the ball into the bottom right as the 76th minute arrived.

Nielsen then left the field with an injury, leaving Chelsea with only ten men for the closing stages, but, despite our depleted side, the scoreline remained 6-4 as a Nouble header was denied by the Ipswich keeper.

'Attacking is what this team is like,' said Clement after the game.

'We have scored five at Port Vale, four against Shrewsbury, three away at Villa and six today. It is a very talented attacking team, just a bit too open defensively.

'We have got to learn to defend better because otherwise we are going to get found out in the big games, the important games. Obviously we will reflect on that and see how we need to defend better.

'But it is not just the back players, it is a collective thing, it is the forwards as well. We attack as a team so we need to learn to defend as a team.

'But it was a good game to watch,' he added.

Chelsea Youths will travel to the City of Manchester Stadium next Thursday for the second leg of the FA Youth Cup Final. There will be full coverage of the game live on Sky Sports.

Chelsea Rhys Taylor; Nana Ofori-Twumasi, Jeffrey Bruma, Jacob Mellis, Patrick van Aanholt; Michael Woods, Miroslav Stoch (Daniel Philliskirk 70), Sergio Tejera; Adam Phillip (Frank Nouble 63), Morten Nielsen, Gaël Kakuta (Ben Gordon 45).

Scorers Stoch (2, 11, 40, 46), Nouble (70), Tejera (76).

Source: Chelsea FC

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Good result.

6-4 ? 6-4 ??

Like when you're a kid and you want to join a game 'Whats the score?' '17-12'.

Cobham ? Wembley ??

'It's a far cry from small boys in the park, jumpers for goalposts. Isn't it? Mmmmm. Marvellous Enduring image isn't it ? , rush goalies, rubbing the ball in dogshit for your mate to head it, mum calling you in for tea, a bygone age, ..marvellous.

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