There was still plenty of football left to play after our equaliser and the tables seemed to have turned back in Chelsea’s favour. However, it was now City posing a threat on the counter-attack, the newly-introduced Jayden Braaf firing against the post from distance after a slick sky blue move.
And it was on the counter where City did the ultimate damage. A rapid move upfield needed a little bit of luck but ended with Cole Palmer volleying into an empty net at the back post. With just six minutes on the clock, City celebrated the goal knowing there was little time left for a Chelsea response and for Palmer it was especially significant redemption after his penalty shootout miss in the 2019 final handed Liverpool the trophy.
There was time remaining for one last opportunity to send the final to penalties and Peart-Harris had it in the dying moments of stoppage time. Livramento’s cross from the right was perfectly flighted but the midfielder sent a header inches wide of the post and with that chance City sealed victory and the 2020 Youth Cup crown.
A campaign that started last December went all the way for our young Blues and their effort on the big stage was commendable but this was City’s night.
Chelsea (3-4-2-1) Lucas Bergstrom; Henry Lawrence, Dynel Simeu, Levi Colwill; Tino Livramento, Lewis Bate (c), Ben Elliott (Tino Anjorin ht), Dion Rankine (Harvey Vale 75), Myles Peart-Harris, Marcel Lewis; Bryan Fiabema (Thierno Ballo 60)
Unused subs Bashir Humphreys, Jake Askew, Charlie Webster, Jude Soonsup-Bell
Booked Vale 77
Scorers Lewis 28, Harwood-Bellis (OG) 59
Man City Cieran Slicker, Conrad Egan-Riley, Taylor Harwood-Bellis, Luke Mbtete-Tabu, Alpha Diounkou, Joseph Hodge, Cole Palmer, Thomas Doyle, Liam Delap, James McAtee (Alexander Robertson 86), Morgan Rogers (Jayden Braaf 75)
Unused subs Finley Burns, Joshua McNamara, Samuel Edozie, Benjamin Knight, Oscar Bobb
Booked Hodge 60
Scorers McAtee 37; Rogers 52; Palmer 84
Referee Geoff Eltringham