The Chelsea Development Squad have continued their excellent run of form in the Premier League 2 with a thoroughly deserved 5-0 win over Sunderland at a freezing cold Hetton Centre this lunchtime.
Ike Ugbo, Callum Hudson-Odoi (hat-trick) and Ethan Ampadu were on the scoresheet as The Blues demolished a Sunderland outfit which have struggled for wins in the league of late.
Chelsea made an excellent start to the match when Harvey St Clair’s shot from the edge of the box proved too hot to handle for home keeper Michael Woud and Ike Ugbo tapped in the opening goal from the rebound.
Both Charly Musonda and Hudson-Odoi then tested Woud from distance before the latter netted the second goal of the match in the 21st minute when he left the Sunderland defenders for dead and rifled the ball into the roof of the net from six yards.
Jack Diamond registered the home side’s best chance of the half just after the half hour mark but his 20-yard strike did little to trouble Blues keeper Jamie Cumming.
Chelsea made it 3-0 13 minutes before the break when Ugbo teed up Ampadu to strike the ball into the bottom corner of the net from the edge of the box and the advantage remained at three going into the half time interval.
The second half did not start at the same rapid pace as the first but Chelsea did net their fourth goal of the game with their first chance of the half. Hudson-Odoi cut in from the left and unleashed a superb curling effort into the far corner of the net for his second goal of the match.
Sunderland didn’t give up despite their heavy deficit and Josh Robson tested Blues keeper Cumming with a close range header.
Joe Edwards’ men were given an excellent chance to add to their lead a little over 15 minutes from time when Juan Castillo was hauled down in the box. Hudson-Odoi stepped up to take the resulting spot kick and he made no mistake in sending Woud the wrong way as he claimed the match ball.
Connelly blasted an ambitious effort wide for the hosts as the match fizzled out with Chelsea ending the clash as 5-0 winners.