Chelsea Under-18s have continued their quest to successfully defend their Under-18 Premier League title by beating Aston Villa 2-1 at Cobham this morning.
Villa have proven to be difficult for The Blues to beat in recent seasons but there were no such problems for Andy Myers side this time around with his young side getting the job done with a workmanlike performance.
George Nunn forced Villa keeper Viljami Sinisalo into a simple save early on before Blues keeper Jake Askew had to be alert to gather Jacob Ramsey’s shot at the other end.
Chelsea took a 13th-minute lead when Nunn jinked his way through the Villa defence and curled a stunning effort in off the post.
The Blues had chances to extend their lead during the opening 45 minutes with Pierre Ekwah Elimby coming closest to scoring but Sinisalo did well to claw the player’s downward header away from danger.
The second half began with Ramsey again testing Askew but his effort caused little trouble for the Blues keeper.
Chelsea finally doubled their advantage five minutes into the half when Armando Broja rattled a loose ball into the back of the net to give his side some breathing space.
Aston Villa quickly responded and Dmitri Sea headed in to pull a goal back for the visitors before captain Ethan Patterson produced an unforgivable miss, heading wide when it looked easier to score.
It was Villa who piled on the pressure late on in search of an equaliser but Chelsea survived as they went on to claim the three points. Myers’ side are back in action next Saturday when Norwich City are the visitors to Cobham.