Chelsea Under-18s have signed-off a trophyless campaign with a 2-0 victory at Reading in the Under-18 Premier League.

Dion Rankine and Lewis Bate were on target for The Blues as they ended the season with a good performance in Berkshire.

Chelsea were the dominant force during the first half and Pierre Ekwah Elimby saw a free-kick saved by home keeper Myles Roberts in the opening stages of the match.

The Blues took the lead 20 minutes in when Rankine, one of the youngest players in the squad, fired the ball into the net from an acute angle.

Blues keeper Lucas Bergstrom then had to pull off a string of good saves soon before Jamal Musiala and Jordan Aina went close at the other end for Chelsea but were denied by Roberts.

The second half saw Armando Broja’s low effort clawed away by Roberts before Rankine again troubled the Reading keeper from a tight angle. Marcel Lewis than saw an effort saved while Musiala couldn’t take advantage of the rebound.

Chelsea made sure of the victory seven minutes from time when some excellent ball control from Bate allowed him to advance beyond his marker and strike a powerful shot into the back of the net.

Andy Myers side finish the season in third position with 44 points from their 22 matches.