Youth Cup report: Chelsea 8 Barnsley 1

Seventh heaven!

Vale’s two-assist afternoon was perfectly complimented by a wonder strike in the final two minutes. Having won the ball back in midfield, the attacking midfielder tried his luck from distance and watched as the ball flew into the top corner, taking over from Elliot’s earlier strike for goal of the game, that was only until the skipper joined in on the scoring act moments later.

Bate wraps it up at eight

Just seconds remained on the clock but there was still time for one more, Bate rounding off a captain’s performance with a strike worthy of an award. His arrowed hit from 25 yards nestled nicely into the top corner from substitute Joe Haigh’s assist to round off a brilliant day’s work for his team.

The last time we scored eight in the Youth Cup was 23 years ago in a 9-0 win over Chipstead and, given the time at Kingsmeadow, there’s every chance the boys would have equalled that record. Instead, they had to settle for eight and a comfortable passage through to round four.

What’s next?

Brand takes his team to Fulham in the Under-18 Premier League on Saturday 12 December, kick-off 10:30am.

Chelsea (3-4-2-1) Sami Tlemcani; Josh Brooking, Charlie Wiggett, Levi Colwill; Tino Livramento, Charlie Webster (Ben Elliott 65), Lewis Bate, Harvey Vale; Dion Rankine, Myles Peart-Harris (Joe Haigh 66); Jude Soonsup-Bell (Bryan Fiabema 75)
Unused subs Bashir Humphreys, Silko Thomas, Josh Tobin, Luke Badley-Morgan
Scorers Soonsup-Bell 2, 17, 44, 74; Livramento 65; Elliott 71; Vale 88; Bate 90

Barnsley Archie Brown, Kareem Hassan-Smith, Hayden Pickard (Ben Hall 79), Connor Hodgson, Sam Nicholson, Jack Birks, Joe Ackroyd (c), Jack Sherlock (Lloyd Smith 83), Harrison Nejman (Theo Chapman 88), Bayley Hassell
Unused subs Blake Goucher, Alex Joof, Josiah Dyer, Kieran Flavell
Booked Nejman 21
Scorer Sherlock 59

Referee Harrison Blair