Chelsea Under-18s’ hopes of retaining the Under-18 Premier League title took a huge blow with a 3-0 defeat at Arsenal on Friday afternoon.
Andy Myers’ men were never really at the races as The Gunners cruised to a victory which leaves their London rivals in a difficult position in the league table.
Neither goalkeeper was troubled during a competitive opening. When a shot on target was eventually produced, it brought a goal with Arsenal taking the lead through Folarin Balogun’s close range finish. That effort was the only chance of note of the first half as Chelsea went into the interval behind.
Arsenal extended their advantage three minutes into the second period when Tyreece John-Jules rounded Blues keeper Nicolas Tie before tapping the ball into the back of the net.
Sam Greenwood fired in a third goal for The Gunners with over half an hour left to play. The good news was that the damage was not to get any worse for Chelsea, partly thanks to goalkeeper Tie who saved well from both John-Jules and Balogun. The bad news was that The Blues showed little creativity and fight to get back into the match as they fell to a disappointing defeat.
Chelsea are back in action on Saturday 16 March when they host Brighton & Hove Albion at Cobham.