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Chelsea's Under 18s came back from a goal down to complete a comfortable victory on a boggy pitch in Portsmouth this weekend.

After conceding early on, the Blues levelled before the break and went on to find the net a further three times in a Chelsea-dominated second half, with Todd Kane (pictured) netting twice to make him the side's top scorer.

Milan Lalkovic returned from a hamstring injury to take up a position in the centre of an attacking trio, he was flanked by Bobby Devyne on the left and Kane on the right.

Sam Walker returned between the posts with Nathaniel Chalobah and Archange Nkumu as the central defenders. Ben Sampayo once again captained from right-back.

Billy Clifford took up his position at right midfield, with George Saville on his opposite side and Anton Rodgers in the middle.

It was a poor start for the Blues and the hosts took the lead after only 15 minutes when they were gifted time and space to shot. An outstretched Walker tried to deny the effort but it still hit the back of the net.

The goal spurred Chelsea into action and 10 minutes later the scores were levelled when a Saville corner was converted with an inch-perfect Clifford header.

With a goal each, both sides began to sit back and Chelsea did not put in their best performance before the break. Youth team manager Dermot Drummy made one change before the second half got under way, replacing Aziz Deen-Conteh with Adam Nditi at left-back.

Walker then made a couple of good saves to keep the score level at the beginning of the second half before Lalkovic struck from 20 yards, crisply hitting the back of the net just past the hour mark.

With the lead established, Chelsea began to dominate and soon it was 3-1 thanks to some clever football on the left.

With 72 minutes played, Devyne danced down his flank before releasing Kane in the box who calmly slotted home for his first goal of the game.

Kane's second came courtesy of a penalty, won only 10 minutes from full-time. After breaking down the right, Kane cut inside to make his way into the Portsmouth area before being brought down by one of the host defenders.

The Portsmouth player was shown a straight red for the incident before Kane stepped up to neatly place the spot kick into the bottom corner, ending the scoring in a well-earned victory for the Blues.

'I wasn't happy with the first-half performance but the effort from the boys in the second-half was really fantastic because it was a tough game,' said Drummy.

'Todd Kane had a brilliant game, he has a lot of heart and he works hard throughout every game.

'But overall the boys showed a lot of spirit to come back from a goal down to win 4-1 in difficult conditions.'

Chelsea (4-3-3): Sam Walker; Ben Sampayo ©, Archange Nkumu, Nathaniel Chalobah, Aziz Deen-Conteh (Adam Nditi H-T); Billy Clifford, Anton Rodgers, George Saville; Todd Kane, Milan Lalkovic (Lewis Baker 70), Bobby Devyne.

Unused subs John Swift

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Great performance in the end...look at that bench though, 3 players!

We do seem to have a gap right now it's rather odd, our reserve team players are youth team players and our youth team players are schoolboys...was there a drought in the market for 3 odd years or something? smiliecap1.gif

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