Chelsea’s Under-19 side have continued to impress in this season’s UEFA Youth League by beating Swedish club Elfsborg 3-0 in the away leg of their latest knockout tie at the Boras Arena on Wednesday.
Striker Charlie Brown netted two goals for The Blues while Billy Gilmour also got his name on the scoresheet as Chelsea chalked up a sizeable advantage ahead of the second leg at Cobham in three weeks’ time.
Joe Edwards’ men started positively in Sweden and they took the lead early in the match when Gilmour’s strike was spilt by home keeper Tim Ronning and the rebound was tapped in by teammate Brown.
The Blues went on to settle well during the remainder of the first half and George McEachran was unlucky not to make it 2-0 before the break when his header fell into the arms of Ronning.
The second half saw Chelsea defend resolutely while a Juan Castillo shot at the other end was gathered by Ronning.
The home side’s best chance of the match came in the final 15 minutes when Eduart Ijazi had a clear sight of goal but the player could only direct his shot straight at Blues keeper Jamie Cumming who was enjoying a quiet afternoon in-between the sticks.
Chelsea were handed an excellent opportunity to extend their advantage four minutes from time when Marc Guehi was fouled in the box and Gilmour stepped up to successfully slot away the resulting penalty kick.
The South West Londoners added gloss to the scoreline in injury time with Brown lashing in a third Chelsea goal from close range.
The two sides meet in the second leg at Cobham on Wednesday 28 November.