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The Under 18s' return to form in the final month of the league season continued with a second win on the spin. A first-half goal from captain Daniel Philliskirk (pictured) was followed by second-half strikes from Adam Phillip and Milan Lalkovic who netted twice, with two further goals denied by infringements.

Any concern that MK Dons, unfamiliar opposition with this game one of the fixtures each side plays in a season against a club outside its own league grouping, could provide a difficult Saturday were eased midway through the opening half.

By the time of the opening goal on 22 minutes, a low cross from Jacopo Sala had already been nodded wide by centre-forward Adam Phillip, and the same player had hit the outside of the post after good work from Gokhan Tore.

Sala, playing in an advanced central midfield position, was again the supplier with a cross when the young Blues did hit the target, the ball turned in by Philliskirk.

Settled by the opener, Chelsea had a 10-minute spell of playing well. Phillip shot wide after a run and then on 35 minutes. Tore, who was on the left of the front three, threatened from a corner and when the keeper fumbled a Phillip shot, Philliskirk nipped in to take possession and found the net but was judged to have fouled.

A minute before half-time, Philliskirk volleyed over a difficult chance from a Tore ball. The visitors had been reduced to one first-half chance - centre-forward Daniel Delderfield firing a centrally-placed free-kick over.

Sala had the first chance in an uneventful opening to the second-half but from 20 yards out the Italian shot over.

James Ashton was introduced for Nikki Ahamed 15 minutes in, following the half-time switching of the Cliffords - Billy on for Conor, making it four schoolboys in the team. The others were Rohan Ince who impressed at the back and Lalkovic, the right winger who came strongly into the game in the latter stages.

Midway through the second period, Phillip finally scored the goal he had been threatening all game, converting in off the past from close range after the keeper had saved a Tore shot, the Turk having just seconds earlier screwed a great chance across the face of goal.

MK Dons could have made it interesting soon after but Delderfield shot tamely at Sam Walker when well-placed. Almost immediately Chelsea added the third.

Again MK Dons goalie Kurt Fox saved an initial effort, this time by Phillip from a low Tore ball across. Lalkovic followed up and made no mistake.

The Chelsea front three had been increasingly causing problems by linking well but the next chance came straight through the middle, Philliskirk having another goal ruled out, this time for handball after a very good run from the back and pass forward by Ince had opened up the visitors.

It took a good stop from Fox to keep Phillip out again as the game entered the closing stages and then Walker at the other end executed an equally fine save to tip a shot by substitute Hayden Carter on to the Chelsea post.

The scoring was completed by Lalkovic with a tidy finish after a Phillip advance against what by now were well-stretched opposition.

'We keep on at the boys about determination and playing the right way and today they did it,' reports youth team manager Dermot Drummy.

'Fortunately we got a goal early on and you could sense the relief in the boys who had missed a couple of chances. We have done that in a few games and gone on to lose but this gave them a confidence booster.

'We played it long and we played it short and the football at times was really fluent. We matched them in every department and took our chances well.

'Sam Walker made a great save to tip it on to the post and he had an outstanding game in terms of communicating, organising and making saves.

'The movement of the front three was better today and they showed initiative.'

Chelsea: Sam Walker; Nikki Ahamed (James Ashton), Tom Hayden, Rohan Ince, Ben Gordon; Conor Clifford (Billy Clifford), Jacopo Sala (Aliu Djalo, Daniel Philliskirk ©; Milan Lalkovic, Adam Phillip, Gokhan Tore

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Tore seems to be doing great..

Him, Philliskirk and Lalkovic seem to be the best picks offensively..

Do you see them going loan next season, Esk?

On loan? No chance. Philliskirk has had a decent season, playing in a number of positions. His aim for next season is to cement a regular reserve team place. Tore has only just joined, not too sure of his age but he will need to establish himself in the youth team next season. Lalkovic is playing up an age level at the moment and has only recently been playing regulary at U18's, again he will be looking to be a U18's regular and impress and try to move into reserves.

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