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After conceding 10 goals in the past four fixtures, the youth sideplayed a good defensive game to maintain a clean sheet and pushedforward in the second-half.A wonder strike after the break from left-back Billy Knott doubledChelsea's lead, adding to an opener from Marco Mitrovic (pictured), whoalso finished the scoring from the penalty spot.

Niclas Heimann replaced the injured Sam Walker between the posts while Aliu Djalo wore the captain's armband.

Despite the eventual score, the first half was a fairly uneventfulaffair, with Chelsea's only shot resulting in our opening goal.

Seeing space down the left flank, Gokhan Tore broke, using someclever footwork to beat Charlton's left-back, and launched awell-placed cross to the near post.

Mitrovic, who had reacted well to Tore's initial burst goalwards,sprinted into the box to tap the cross over the line with 15 minutesplayed.

Like Chelsea, Charlton failed to create many chances on goal in thefirst half, and when they did, Heimann was on hand to collect withease. The closest the visitors came to equalising was a shot whichbounced wide minutes before the break.

The Blues doubled the lead seconds after the restart, as Knottsmashed a left-footed scorcher into the top corner from 20 yards out.

It was the result of some clever build-up by Chelsea, as Mitroviclatched onto a Djalo through ball before releasing Knott on the edge ofthe box.

There would be another 30 minutes of competitive action before Chelsea made it three.

After collecting a pass from substitute Bobby Devyne, who hadreplaced Milan Lalkovic, Mitrovic was cut to the ground inside theCharlton area.

The Swedish international stepped up to coolly convert the penalty,slotting into the right corner after sending the Charlton keeper thewrong way.

Then, as Chelsea searched for a fourth, Tore, who had already seentwo chances saved, was adjudged to be offside after finding himselfone-on-one with the keeper.

The game finished with Billy Clifford smashing a shot over the barfrom 25 yards out, ending an exciting second half for Chelsea.

'Some of the play was fantastic today,' said youth team manager Dermot Drummy after the game.

'Everyone performed really well and we showed that we don't justplay defensive football, we score goals as well. I defy anyone to saywe're boring side,' he added.

Chelsea (4-diamond-2): Niclas Heimann; Ben Sampayo,Kenny Strickland, Danny Mills, Billy Knott; George Saville, BillyClifford, Gokhan Tore, Aliu Djalo © (Aziz Deen-Conteh); MilanLalkovic (Bobby Devyne), Marco Mitrovic (Philipp Prosenik).

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