The England Under-20 international delivered a perfect cutback cross along the slick turf and Fiabema had held his run to find enough space to finish high into the net. It was quite the time for the teenager from Tromso to open his Youth Cup account!
Yet there was still a lot of football to play and a team of United’s quality would always pose a threat. Colwill’s defending was impressive in and around the box, while Bergstrom organised constantly and remained a big presence between the posts, coming to claim one late set-piece in commanding fashion.
Seeing it out
United captain Teden Mengi could only direct a free header straight at Bergstrom as the minutes ebbed away, with substitutes Harvey Vale and Jude Soonsup-Bell adding fresh legs and impetus to our attacking endeavours.
There were some nervy moments late on, particularly when Elanga escaped in the box, but Colwill was there again and the job was done. The clean sheet means we have not conceded a goal in the competition since our 4-3 defeat to United in the third round 22 months ago and progress to the final means Chelsea and City will play it out for the trophy, just like in 2015, 2016 and 2017. For the first time, this final will be one-legged back at St George’s Park on Monday, kick-off 7.30pm and live on BT Sport.
Chelsea (3-4-2-1) Lucas Bergstrom; Henry Lawrence, Dynel Simeu, Levi Colwill; Tino Livramento, Lewis Bate, Tino Anjorin (c), Dion Rankine; Myles Peart-Harris (Harvey Vale 55), Marcel Lewis (Thierno Ballo 90+3); Bryan Fiabema (Jude Soonsup-Bell 71)
Unused subs Bashir Humphreys, Jake Askew, George Nunn, Ben Elliott
Scorer Fiabema 49
Booked Anjorin 31; Simeu 86
Manchester United Ondrej Mastny, Lukasz Bejger, Reece Devine (Bjorn Hardley 77), Teden Mengi (c), William Fish, Martin Svidersky, Shola Shoretire (Omari Forson 86), Charlie McCann, Mark Helm (Charlie Wellens 71), Hannibal Mejbri, Anthony Elanga
Unused subs Harvey Neville, Dermot Mee, Charlie Savage, Zidane Iqbal
Booked Mejbri 39
Referee Ollie Yates