Match Report : Chelsea U18 4-1 Leyton Orient U18

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Following the 6-1 victory versus Newport County in Round 2, Leyton Orient Under 18’s travelled to Kingsmeadow to take on Chelsea U18’s in the third round of the 2021/22 FA Youth Cup.

Chelsea, winners of the cup nine times, started the encounter strongly, as you would expect. After just 51 seconds, Charlie Webster unleashed a curling effort from 25 yards which struck the frame of the goal.

The Young O’s however, were certainly not there to just make up the numbers.  Reon Smith-Kouassi fired in a low drive from outside the area which was saved well by Prince Adegoke.

The Blues continued to push for the opener though, and struck the woodwork for the second time in the first six minutes when Malik Mothersille hit the post with a header from Silko Thomas’ cross. Just seconds later, Edwin Andersson’s cross found Jude Soonsup-Bell in the six yard box, but with the goal at his mercy Noah Phillips made a great save.

On eighteen minutes however, the Orient resistance was broken. A delightful cross from Andersson found Mothersille, who got ahead of his man well to guide the ball into the bottom left corner past Phillips.

Six minutes later, the hosts doubled their lead, when Lewis Hall burst down left hand side and fizzed a pacy ball into the box which found Soonsup-Bell at the front post, who powered the ball into the top corner. Certainly nothing Phillips could do to keep that one out.

Chelsea were at this point, dominating possession and space. The Blues were spreading crossfield easily and the wingers causing serious problems down the flanks.

Nine minutes before the interval, the hosts struck again, when the ball fell to Thomas on the edge of the box after good work by Hall and Webster. Thomas then unleashed a venomous strike into the top corner from 18 yards out.

HALF TIME CHELSEA U18 3-0 LEYTON ORIENT U18

The second half followed a similar pattern to the first. Thomas continued to cause Orient problems as he burst down the left hand side. He did well to put a ball into the box, and the ball then deflected to Andersson but he blasted over.

Shortly after, Soonsuo-Bel Bafel drove down the ride hand side, and closed in on goal but shot straight at Phillips. Six minutes later, Phillips again saved well, this time with his legs, forcing Castledine’s effort wide.

The O’s did though, get the goal that their performance warranted on 63 minutes. Jephte Tanga burst his way into the Chelsea box, and the ball fell back to him after losing it, and he fired past Odokie to give Orient a lifeline. A matter of seconds later, the Chelsea keeper then fluffed the ball out of play, and Orient were piling the pressure on.

On 78 minutes however, Castletine crossed the ball into Abu for what was probably his first touch.  Phillips did well to get across to the header but couldn’t quite keep it out.

It was however, a battling performance from the young O’s against one of the favorites for the cup.

FULL TIME – CHELSEA U18 4-1 LEYTON ORIENT U18

Orient –

Phillips, Eaton, Kwatchey, Harvest, Apat, Obiero, Tanga, Clements, Kouassi (Davies, 68), Nkrumah, Pegrum.

Goals – Tanga ; 63.

Chelsea – Adegoke, Thomas, Hughes, Gilchrist, Morgan, Hall (Rak-Sakyi, 81), Castledine, Webster, Soonsup-Bell, Mothersille (Abu, 68), Andersson (Silcott-Duberry, 75).

Goals – Mothersille ; 18, Soonsup-Bell ; 24, Thomas ; 36, Abu ; 78.

Bookings – Gilchrist, 53.