Chelsea cemented their place at the top of the Under 18s Premier League with a hard fought 2-0 victory over local rivals Fulham at Motspur Park on Saturday morning.

Goals from midfielder Luke McCormick and goal machine Martell Taylor-Crossdale fired Jody Morris’ side to yet another three point haul.

Chelsea started the match the brighter of the two sides and striker Taylor-Crossdale was causing havoc for the Fulham defence as early as the third minute when his drive across goal was diverted onto the bar by a Fulham defender.

The Chelsea pressure was relentless in the first half with front men Taylor-Crossdale and Harvey St Clair producing a number of chances but home keeper Taye Ashby-Hammond was showing some inspired form as the two sides remained goalless going into the break.

The second half saw the home side display more attacking quality and Jon Dagur Thorsteinsson forced a great save out of Blues keeper Jamie Cumming before rattling the crossbar with a 20 yard curling effort.

The match looked set to end in stalemate until Charlie Brown’s strike cannoned off the post and fell to McCormick who could not miss from six yards. The goal destroyed Fulham’s resilience and in stoppage time The Blues made sure of the three points when Taylor-Crossdale fired in a free kick from 20 yards to cap off an excellent individual performance and seal a hard fought victory for Jody Morris’ men.

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I am Dan Pentland football writer and reporter at various levels including the English Football League, FA Women's Super League and in UEFA and FIFA affiliated competitions. In May 2015, I completed my childhood dream of visiting all 92 Football League grounds. Follow me on Twitter @DanPentlandpcuk

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