Chelsea made it six consecutive victories in the Under-18 Premier League with a 6-1 victory over neighbours Fulham at the club’s Cobham training ground on Saturday morning.
Striker Martell Taylor-Crossdale grabbed a hat-trick while there were also goals for Billy Gilmour, Daishawn Redan and Tino Anjorin as Jody Morris’ men ran riot against The Whites.
Fulham were the brighter of the two sides early on with Matt O’Riley’s free-kick going just wide before Nico Santos’ effort also failed to find the target. O’Riley then struck a tame shot at Blues keeper Nicolas Tie before the visitors took a shock lead when Santos teed up Jayden Harris to score from close range.
The opening goal forced Chelsea into action and Gilmour unleashed an unstoppable long range volley into the net to equalise before Taylor-Crossdale bundled the ball home from close range to make it 2-1.
The Blues striker soon doubled his personal match goal tally when he nipped in at the near post to turn in a cross from Reece James before Redan made it four with a close range header.
Anjorin then struck an effort wide as Chelsea continued to charge forward and a couple of minutes later, Taylor-Crossdale completed his hat-trick when he produced another clinical finish to give Morris’ men a 5-1 lead at the break.
The second half saw Tie save well to deny Cameron Thompson a goal before Tariq Lamptey’s shot was kept out by Ashby-Hammond at the other end.
Midway through the half, Chelsea made it 6-1 when Anjorin forced the ball into the net after Taylor-Crossdale had kept the ball alive in the box.
Renedi Masampu was unlucky not to make it seven for The Blues late on when he headed just wide but Chelsea can be delighted with a deserved 6-1 success which leaves the club top of the Under-18 Premier League table.