Chelsea Under-18s’ three-year unbeaten streak at home has come to an end after Tottenham Hotspur won 3-0 in the Under-18 Premier League at Cobham this lunchtime.
The heavy defeat made little difference to Chelsea’s successful campaign with both the Under-18 Premier League title and Under-18 Premier League Cup already in the bag.
Blues manager Jody Morris opted to change his starting XI for the match with youngsters James Clark and Henry Lawrence being handed debuts and the visitors took advantage of the opportunity to play against a more youthful Chelsea side to go on to secure victory.
Spurs took the lead in the 16th minute when Reo Griffiths’ shot deflected off Jack Wakely and looped into the net and they could have doubled their lead soon after but both Phoenix Patterson and Dilan Markanday fired efforts wide.
Goal machine Martell Taylor-Crossdale did have one sight of goal for the home side during the opening 45 minutes but he looked off colour as he failed to trouble visiting keeper Jonathan de Bie.
The second half saw Taylor-Crossdale awarded another great chance to score when he was fouled by Timothy Eyoma in the box. The player’s dismal afternoon continued when his spot kick was saved by de Bie.
Marcel Lavinier then headed a chance off target before Spurs rounded off the victory with two late goals. First, Rodel Richards fired a low effort beyond Blues keeper Karlo Ziger before Markanday netted his side’s third goal with a tap in from Tariq Hinds’ cross.
It was a miserable afternoon for Morris’ men but they can look towards an FA Youth Cup final against Arsenal later this month.