Joe Edwards’ Chelsea Under-19s got off to a stunning start in the UEFA Youth League this afternoon with a 10-1 victory against Norwegian club Molde FK at Cobham.
Billy Gilmour and Daishawn Redan both helped themselves to hat-tricks for The Blues as they ran riot in the first leg of the tie.
Chelsea took an early lead when Conor Gallagher’s deflected effort fell into the path of teammate Charlie Brown who slid the ball beyond visiting keeper Oliver Petersen into the net.
It was soon 2-0 to The Blues with Tariq Lamptey’s cross deflecting off the unfortunate Thor Olav Moe into his own net before Gilmour headed in a Gallagher cross to make it three.
A minute later, Redan got his first goal of the afternoon when he swept Brown’s pass into the net before Gilmour thumped in a fifth.
With eight minutes remaining until the interval, there was still time for further goals. First, Redan notched his second goal of the match with a composed finish before Brown curled in a sublime effort to make it 7-0 before the half-time whistle had sounded.
Chelsea made it 8-0 five minutes into the second half when Gallagher’s shot was blocked and the ball fell to Redan who rifled in to complete his hat-trick before Gilmour achieved the same feat when he headed in from a Juan Castillo delivery.
George McEachran dinked in a tenth goal for The Blues before Molde substitute Anders Iversen netted a consolation for the visitors.
Chelsea ended the match 10-1 winners ahead of the second leg in Norway in three weeks’ time. Manager Edwards is now expected to rotate his squad for that fixture.