5 Chelsea Youngsters Who Impressed in FA Youth Cup Victory

Garry HayesFeatured ColumnistMay 5, 2014

5 Chelsea Youngsters Who Impressed in FA Youth Cup Victory

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    In a dramatic FA Youth Cup final, Chelsea sealed victory at the death against Fulham to secure a third success in the competition in five years.

    The Blues had trailed 3-2 after the first leg at Craven Cottage, but thanks to goals from Charlie Colkett, Jordan Houghton, Isak Ssewankambo and a Dominic Solanke brace, they were able to turn the tide around to win 5-3 on the night, 7-6 on aggregate, to be crowned champions.

    Chelsea may have finished the game holding the trophy, but it could very well have been Fulham's after the Cottagers took an early lead at Stamford Bridge.

    Moussa Dembele opened the scores after just five minutes, making it 4-2 on aggregate. Colkett's penalty and a long-range effort from Houghton put Chelsea ahead on the night, but Fulham soon rallied to take a 3-2 lead into the break with goals from Patrick Roberts and Solomon Sambou.

    It seemed it would remain that way as, despite all their efforts, Adi Viveash's side couldn't find a break through and Fulham themselves impressed on the break, causing problems.

    With 13 minutes remaining, however, Ssewankambo's piledriver gave Chelsea hope.

    At 3-3, the Blues still needed one more goal to draw level on aggregate, and it came through a Solanke header on 82 minutes.

    The 16-year-old was on the score sheet again, too, smashing home beyond Fulham goalkeeper Marek Rodak two minutes into time added on, securing a memorable victory.

    There were plenty of highlights over the two legs of this year's FA Cup Youth Cup final. Bleacher Report looks at five Chelsea players who impressed.

Dominic Solanke

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    Still only 16 years old, Dominic Solanke has now scored 20 goals for the Chelsea youth team this season.

    He bagged a brace in the second leg of the FA Youth Cup final, scoring the goal that sealed the Blues' victory over Fulham. And at a time where Chelsea's strikers are a hot topic, his performance couldn't have been better timed.

    Of course, his youth means Chelsea fans will have to wait a few more years before they see him become a regular at Stamford Bridge, but if his goalscoring form continues, there is every chance that will happen.

    It could have been a frustrating night at Stamford Bridge for Solanke, being closely marked by a Fulham defence all too aware of the threat he is.

    Biding his time, however, when the opportunities came, he made little mistake to fire home two well-taken goals.

    That's the hallmark of a great striker, and Chelsea may well have one.

Charlie Colkett

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    Here's a player who made a considerable impression on the second leg of the FA Youth Cup final at Stamford Bridge.

    Charlie Colkett not only got Chelsea up and running on the night, slotting home a well-taken penalty on 22 minutes, but he also teamed up with Dominic Solanke to first pull level on aggregate and then win the game.

    It was Colkett's cross that Solanke converted to make the score 4-3, 6-6 on aggregate, and just as the commentator called for a moment of brilliance to win the game late on, Chelsea's No. 10 delivered.

    Receiving the ball from Izzy Brown inside the box, Colkett pulled off an audacious backheel that found Solanke in space, and the striker did the rest from there.

    It was an excellent finish, but without Colkett's brilliance, it wouldn't have happened.

Charly Musonda

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    A second-half substitute, it was Charly Musonda's goal at Craven Cottage in the first leg that kept Chelsea in with a shot of lifting the FA Youth Cup, making the score 3-2 ahead of the second leg.

    His cameo performance earned him a place in the starting line-up this time out, and he had a similar impact for the Blues.

    Musonda wasn't on the scoresheet, but it was the young Belgian who won the penalty that got Chelsea back in the game after going behind early on.

    Linking up excellently with Dominic Solanke, he was all but through on goal when Jordan Evans brought him down on 22 minutes, with Charlie Colkett calmly dispatching from 12 yards to make it 1-1.

    Musonda is a real live wire, a player who enjoys running at defenders and using his pace to good effect.  More performances like this and we'll be seeing more of him.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek

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    Like the senior team's captain, John Terry, Ruben Loftus-Cheek led from the front for Chelsea over the two legs of this FA Youth Cup final.

    He was sacrificed at half-time in the second leg at Stamford Bridge as Chelsea chased the game, but it still didn't take away from how impressive he was.

    At Craven Cottage, he put in a fine performance that exemplifies midfield play, starting attacks and breaking them up for the opposition.

    He did the same at Stamford Bridge, too, and he was fully deserving to be the player who lifted the trophy in front of the Chelsea fans.

Jay Dasilva

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    It was a quieter game at Stamford Bridge in the second leg for the 16-year-old, who had put in an excellent performance at Craven Cottage a week earlier.

    Jay Dasilva was the youngest player on the pitch on both occasions, but you wouldn't have known it.

    He scored Chelsea's opener in the first leg and could have had another, had it not been for some good goalkeeping.

    Playing a more withdrawn role at Stamford Bridge, he was required to put in a defensive shift, and he rarely let his teammates down.

    Dasilva provided options going forward, working tirelessly on the left flank.

    He turned 16 just a few weeks ago in April, so can still play for two more years at this level. He's a youngster going places, though, so expect to see him given more opportunities higher up at Chelsea or out on loan.

    Garry Hayes is Bleacher Report's lead Chelsea correspondent and will be following the club from a London base throughout the 2013-14 season. Follow him on Twitter @garryhayes

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