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Chelsea's youth team made it an impressive weekend all round with a comfortable 3-0 win at Ipswich on Saturday morning. Two early goals from schoolboys Aziz Deen Conteh and Rohan Ince put the Blues into a half-time lead before Marko Mitrovic bundled a third after the hosts had had a man sent off.

In the absence of Dermot Drummy, who is currently working with the reserves, the team was coached by Mark Beeney, and he was impressed with his side's second half performance.

'We scored two against the run of play when they made a point of running themselves into the ground, getting close to us and stopping us from playing, and we were fortunate to go in two up, but I'll take that for a first game in charge,' he said.

'From half-time onwards the boys got the ball down and kept it a lot better, moving it a lot quicker which made it harder for Ipswich to get close to us. The player getting sent off and scoring the third goal finished the game off and from there we completely took control of the game.'

Chelsea goalkeeper, Aldi Haxhia, was forced into an early save from quick-footed Ipswich forward Ronan Murray inside the first five minutes, before Nikki Ahamed's deep cross was chested down and despatched emphatically into the bottom corner by Conteh to open the scoring.

Two minutes later the lead was doubled by Ince. He had broken clear from a midfield position to see his shot deflected wide for a corner, which was swung in by the energetic Jordan Tabor, goalscorer of two free-kicks last weekend.

The cross evaded everybody before reaching Ince at the far post, who did well to direct a half-volley into the far corner.

Ipswich were rocked after making the better of the opening exchanges, but fought back as Haxhia again denied Murray, whose loose touch had allowed the Chelsea man the opportunity to dive low at the forward's feet.

Five minutes later Haxhia dived full length to his left to prevent Connor Wickham from pulling a goal back, his spectacular drive was well held.

In the second half, Chelsea's extra quality began to show as first Josh McEachran and then captain Danny Philliskirk were close to extending the lead.

Just after the hour those two combined after a Tabor throw, but Philliskirk blazed over. Within a minute the game looked safe anyway, as Ipswich winger Reggie Lambe was given a straight red card for a retaliatory kick after being fouled by Conteh.

On 64 minutes, Mitrovic delivered the killer blow. Philliskirk, a constant threat from midfield, looped a header towards goal which rebounded along the goal line off both posts, before the Swede managed to poke the ball over the line. The Oldham-born Philliskirk was still trying to claim the goal as his own after the final whistle, but it looked to have been the number nine who had made the decisive touch.

As the clock ticked away, both Ipswich forwards again had chances but neither could convert, ensuring a first Chelsea clean sheet since the beginning of November.

Chelsea team (4-3-3): Aldi Haxhia; Nikki Ahamed, Tom Hayden, Jack Saville, Jordan Tabor; Danny Philliskirk ©, Josh McEachran (sub Jacopo Sala 81), Rohan Ince; Milan Lalkovic, Marko Mitrovic (sub Adam Phillip 85), Aziz Deen Conteh.

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Excellent performance from the kids, I was impressed with Conteh, he was full of running and his goal was brilliant. Thanks for the highlights, Esk.

Deen Conteh did look good actually, first time i have really seen him. There are a lot of very talented players in the U16's to come through next season. Mitrovic, Ince and McEachran already having an impact at the higher level.

But i think the crop comming through are as good as we have seen and majority of them english also.

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