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Chelsea's Under 18 side enjoyed a comfortable passage into the last 16 of the FA Youth Cup with a solid display and some good goals at Brentford on Thursday night.

With eligible reserve team squad members dropping down to play with first year scholars and a couple of schoolboys in this prestigious knockout competition, the campaign had started at Stevenage before Christmas with a disjointed display on a difficult pitch.

Tonight in this home fixture, it was clear the side are growing accustomed to each other as Chelsea tested Shrewsbury's alertness from the kick-off.

Before the first minute was up, centre-forward Morten Nielsen was played through into the area and Jasbir Singh was out quickly to block.

There was a similar burst through by Sergio Tejara and then a sliced clearance by Shrewsbury's Scott Keays from a Miroslav Stoch cross went worrying close for the visitors. Ben Gordon, up from left-back, then had the first shot on-target, straight into the keeper's arms.

It was a high pressure start from the young Chelsea players before the pace slackened off a little.

On 23 minutes, they stepped it up again when a spot of Gaël Kakuta craft on the left worked the ball to the back post for Nielsen to compete.

When the ball came back to Kakuta, his back-heel was turned in from close range by Jacob Mellis for the opener (pictured).

A corner, won by Kakuta, found its way to Tejera beyond the back post on 35 minutes but the Spaniard's well-struck shot was straight at the keeper.

Shrewesbury's Aaron Brown was the game's first booking shortly after for going in strongly on Mellis who was seeing plenty of the ball in the centre of the park.

Chelsea went in at the break with only the single goal to show for domination that had not allowed Shrewsbury a single effort at Rhys Taylor in goal. The powerful back four of Dutch pair Patrick van Aanholt and Jeffrey Bruma, flanked by Gordon and captain Nana Ofori-Twumasi was proving a formidable barrier.

Shrewsbury began the second-half as they ended the first, with a booking - this time shown to Callum White for flattening Michael Woods.

Chelsea's second goal on 53 minutes came from a beautifully flowing move down the right - Nielsen backheeling into the path of Tejera. He skipped over a tackle to lay-off the perfect pass, Mellis finishing coolly from eight yards for his second of the night.

Watched from the stands by England Under 21 coach Stuart Pearce, Chelsea were soon pressing for a thirtd and Miroslav Stoch tested Singh with a fiercely hit cross-shot, tipped wide on 66 minutes.

Tejera' s return pass to Mells was played just too strongly to give the young Englishman a hat-trick chance and when Stoch's dipping rocket was spilled by Singh, it fell just out of reach of substitute Adam Phillip.

Woods was clattered for a second time to earn Shrewsbury their third booking, right-back Ashbury the culprit within seconds of coming on.

On 82 minutes, Chelsea came close to a third. Phillip glanced a cross to Kakuta on the edge of the area for a curled shot that was tipped over by Singh. France Under 17 international Kakuta had been a box of imaginative touches throughout.

The Shrewsbury keeper had also performed well during his busy evening which made the third goal went it came on 83 minutes a cruel surprise - Van Aanholt's powerful strike allowed to slip between his hands and then his legs to crawl over the line.

In the final minute of normal time, the visitors' finally had an effort on target for their healthy support to appreciate, a header cleared off the line by Mellis.

In an action packed stoppage time, Miroslav Stich could have scored twice, his first effort deflected wide after a defensive mistake had gifted possession. Then a save at the near-post kept the Slovakian out when he collected a corner and tried his luck from a difficult position.

Midfielder Woods from 25 yards completed the scoring when a block teed the ball up nicely for him and he smashed it with aplomb into the bottom right-hand corner.

Chelsea will play Leicester at home in the fifth round on a date yet to be announced.

Chelsea Rhys Taylor; Nana Ofori-Twumasi ©, Jeffrey Bruma, Patrick van Aanholt, Ben Gordon; Michael Woods, Jacob Mellis, Sergio Tejera (Frank Nouble 75); Miroslav Stoch, Morten Nielsen (Adam Phillip 64), Gaël Kakuta.

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Great Result, bring on Leicester...

How good are they btw?

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Great result, good to go through with a convincing win against a team like this and dominate the game too. And we have a fairly decent tie for the next round and being at home is an advantage.

It was pretty much the best team we could have put out for sure and to have experienced players like Tejera and Stoch pulling the strings was a big boost.

One player to be keeping an eye on is Gael Kakuta, he ahs been getting rave reviews in the youth team games he has played in being the key creator and in his reserve team appearances he has looked a quality and skillful player.

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