Monday 5 May 2014, 7:45pm at Stamford Bridge, London
Chelsea
Chelsea U18s
5
Colkett (pen) 22'; Houghton 24'; Ssewankambo 77'; Solanke 83', 90'+2
Fulham FC
Fulham U18s
3
Dembele 5'; Roberts 26'; Sambou 38'
Fulham’s Youth Cup campaign ended in heartbreak as Chelsea secured a 5-3 (agg 7-6) win.

22' Penalty

Charlie Colkett
Assist by Charly Musonda

24' Goal

Jordan Houghton
Assist by Dominic Solanke

77' Goal

Isak Ssewankambo
Assist by Isaiah Brown

83' Goal

Dominic Solanke
Assist by Charlie Colkett

90'+2 Goal

Dominic Solanke
Assist by Charlie Colkett

67' Yellow Card

Jordan Houghton Card was given for a foul

90'+1 Yellow Card

Ola Aina Card was given for a foul

46' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Isaiah Brown
Off:Ruben Loftus-Cheek

46' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Isak Ssewankambo
Off:Kasey Palmer

46' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Ola Aina
Off:Jake Clarke-Salter

5' Goal

Moussa Dembele
Assist by Dean O'Halloran

26' Goal

Patrick Roberts
Assist by Emerson Hyndman

38' Goal

Solomon Sambou
Assist by Patrick Roberts

21' Yellow Card

Jordan Evans Card was given for a foul

45'+2 Yellow Card

Solomon Sambou Card was given for a foul

89' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Joshua Smile
Off:Ryheem Sheckleford

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Fulham’s FA Youth Cup campaign ended in heartbreak as three second half goals from Chelsea saw them secure a 5-3 (7-6 on aggregate) victory at Stamford Bridge.

Having won the First Leg 3-2 at the Cottage, things had started superbly for Fulham in the blue half of SW6 when Moussa Dembélé netted early on, although the home side turned things around courtesy of Charlie Colkett’s penalty and Jordan Houghton’s strike.

A Patrick Roberts volley and long range effort from Solomon Sambou put Fulham back in control of the tie before half-time, but three goals in the last 14 minutes from the home side earned them the trophy.

Substitute Isak Ssewankambo fired in from distance to reduce the deficit, before Dominic Solanke levelled the aggregate score. Extra-time seemed inevitable until the Chelsea striker struck again in stoppage time to ensure Fulham’s cup dreams ended in the cruellest possible manner.

Nevertheless, Steve Wigley and his young Whites can be rightly proud of their efforts this season, becoming the first Fulham side to reach the Final of the prestigious competition, having knocked out some very strong teams along the way.

The hosts started proceedings brightly but it was Fulham who made the most telling early impact when Dembélé netted on five minutes.

A trademark Roberts run ended with Emerson Hyndman collecting the ball on the edge of the area and playing it out wide to Dean O’Halloran. The winger then flighted in a brilliant deep cross to where Dembélé had peeled away, with the Frenchman coolly heading through the legs of Chelsea goalkeeper Mitchell Beeney from a tight angle.

The Blues responded through Charly Musonda’s venomous strike from range, but Marek Rodak was equal to the effort and palmed it away from danger.

Roberts came agonisingly close to scoring a second of the evening for the Whites on 17 minutes. O’Halloran’s corner was nodded into a central position by Liam Donnelly – Beeney came to claim but spilled the ball which nobody was able to control until Roberts took charge of the situation, twisting this way and that before rattling the outside of the near post with a powerful left footed effort.

Solanke worked some space for himself in the Fulham area three minutes later and angled a low drive towards goal that Ryheem Sheckleford did well to block.

Chelsea were presented with a way back into the tie moments later though as Musonda was too quick for Jordan Evans whose sliding tackle missed the ball and clipped the winger’s legs. Colkett stepped up to send Rodak the wrong way to reduce the aggregate score back to just one goal.

And almost instantly the Blues levelled the tie at 4-4. Houghton played a neat one-two with Solanke before firing in a neat first time strike from the edge of the box that found the corner of the net.

It was an absolutely remarkable cup tie, emphasised by another goal in quick succession as Roberts levelled on the night. A sublime chipped pass from Hyndman sent the England youth international in on goal and his volleyed effort had too much zip for Beeney who could only help it on its way into the net.

It was frenetic stuff at Stamford Bridge and the home side were the next to try their luck when Kasey Palmer met a deep cross from Fankaty Dabo, but his header landed on the roof of the net, before Solanke drew a save from Rodak who did well after seeing the ball late.

Fulham were far from done in an attacking sense though and Dembélé was presented with a half chance on 36 minutes but his angled effort sliced wide of the target.

And the Whites were rewarded for their continued offensive stance shortly after when Sambou scored a fine goal. After interchanging passes with Roberts, the tenacious midfielder advanced before letting fly from 25 yards into the bottom corner.

O’Halloran then showed great persistence to beat two men down the right flank before sending over an inviting cross that Dembélé connected with, only to send it over the bar.

The half ended with Sambou entering referee Jonathan Moss’ notebook for a late challenge on Jake Clarke Salter.

With Chelsea in need of two goals just to force extra-time, manager Adi Viveash made wholesale changes at the interval, with Ssewankambo, Isaiah Brown and Ola Aina all coming on.

It almost paid instant dividends as Solanke played in Ssewankambo who fired wide, before Dembélé’s looping effort just missed the target at the other end as the second half began with the same intensity that was so prevalent in the first 45.

Fellow substitute Brown then got in a shot on target after 51 minutes, but his attempt lacked power and Rodak got down comfortably to save, before Ssewankambo flashed an effort wide after beating Cameron Burgess in the box to make space for a shot.

Brown could have pulled one back for his side minutes later after the ball was switched to him in the box. He turned to get away from Sheckleford but the Fulham right-back made a superb recovery to deny the substitute a shooting chance.

Chelsea enjoyed more possession as the half wore on as they probed for a way back into the tie, and Rodak needed to be alert on 63 minutes to keep Colkett’s dangerous effort from range out.

The visitors were always a threat on the counter attack, though, and a perfect through ball from Roberts sent George Williams in down the left. He beat his man to the ball to get a shot in but Beeney was able to tip over for a corner.

The card count was evened up on 67 minutes when Houghton was booked for hacking down the marauding Williams.

From the resulting free-kick, Burgess headed Hyndman’s delivery back across goal for Dembélé to attack, but his volley sailed narrowly over.

Williams had really grown into the game and won a free-kick right on the edge of the box when he was clipped by Aina. Hyndman stepped up once again but his dipping strike just missed the target – via a deflection on the way through.

A quick break by Fulham then saw Williams draw a save from Beeney, before Chelsea went straight up the other end to make it 3-3 on the night. Ssewankambo was able to advance before letting fly with a wicked shot from distance that proved too powerful for Rodak.

Chelsea were certainly in the ascendency now and a looping header from Solanke was heading into the top corner until Rodak made a fine intervention to tip it over for a corner.

But Fulham were unable to keep their rivals out and a dangerous delivery from the left was flicked in by the head of Solanke to make the aggregate score 6-6.

The striker was then almost presented with a glorious chance from close range following a long punt by Beeney, but Sambou got back well to nip it off his toes.

Fulham thought they’d gone back in front in the 86th minute when Roberts’ shot hit the post, with Dembélé’s follow up smothered by Beeney, before the ball was eventually cleared from off the line as Chelsea rode their luck incredibly.

Wigley then made his first change of the evening, with Sheckleford replaced by Josh Smile.

Musonda almost snatched a 90th minute winner for his side when his cross hung in the air and swung towards goal, but Rodak read the danger and tipped it over. Aina met the resulting corner but glanced his header wide of the far post.

Extra-time was looming but it wasn’t needed as Chelsea won the game in heartbreaking fashion. The ball fell for Solanke in the penalty area and the forward kept his composure to fire into the roof of the net - although replays showed that he was in an offside position when the ball was played to him.

Match Information

Competition: The FA Youth Cup

Date: Monday 5 May 2014
Kick-off: 7:45pm

Venue: Stamford Bridge, London

Chelsea U18s

Line-up: Beeney; Dabo, Christensen, Clarke-Salter (Aina 46'), Jay Dasilva; Loftus-Cheek (Brown 46'), Houghton; Palmer (Ssewankambo 46'), Colkett, Musonda; Solanke

Unused substitutes: Collins, Christie-Davies

Fulham U18s

Line-up: Rodak; Sheckleford (Smile 89'), Donnelly, Burgess, Evans; Hyndman, Sambou; O'Halloran, Roberts, George Williams; Dembele

Unused substitutes: Norman, Baba, Redford, Walker

Chelsea U18s (4-2-3-1)
  • 1Mitchell Beeney
  • 2Fankaty Dabo
  • 3Andreas Christensen
  • 4Jake Clarke-Salter
  • 5Jay Dasilva
  • 8Ruben Loftus-Cheek
  • 6Jordan Houghton
  • 7Kasey Palmer
  • 10Charlie Colkett
  • 11Charly Musonda
  • 9Dominic Solanke
Substitutes
  • 13Bradley Collins
  • 15Ola Aina
  • 12Isak Ssewankambo
  • 14Isaiah Brown
  • 16Isaac Christie-Davies
Fulham U18s (4-2-3-1)
  • 1Marek Rodak
  • 2Ryheem Sheckleford
  • 4Liam Donnelly
  • 5Cameron Burgess
  • 3Jordan Evans
  • 8Emerson Hyndman
  • 6Solomon Sambou
  • 7Dean O'Halloran
  • 10Patrick Roberts
  • 11George Williams
  • 9Moussa Dembele
Substitutes
  • 12Magnus Norman
  • 15Noe Baba
  • 14Joshua Smile
  • 16Aaron Redford
  • 17Josh Walker
  • 93' That's it at the Bridge and Chelsea snatch a late win following Solanke's effort at the death.
  • 91' Solanke keeps his composure to sweep the ball in from close range.
  • 90' Colkett clips in a corner, Houghton goes close with the header.
  • 89' Musonda's inswinging cross from the left almost catches Rodak out, the Slovakian runs back to tip the ball to safety.
  • 87' With extra time looming, Wigley makes his first change with Josh Smile on for Sheckleford.
  • 86' Goal mouth scramble as Roberts hits the post and Dembélé has a shot blocked. Christensen then clears off the line.
  • 85' O'Halloran drives in a low cross from the right by-line, Aina clears.
  • 84' Solanke meets a long ball forward, with the goal in sight Sambou makes an important clearance.
  • 82' Solanke glances the ball home from Colkett's inswinging cross.
  • 81' Cracking save from Rodak who tips Solanke's looping header over the bar.
  • 79' Chelsea have the momentum here and the hosts almost snatch a fourth when following a mix up between Sheckleford and Rodak.
  • 77' Brown rolls a pass to Ssewankambo who does well to evade Hyndman before driving in a low strike.
  • 76' Williams is causing Chelsea a lot of problems this half, forcing Beeney into another save.
  • 73' Ssewankambo crosses, Brown heads wide. Good move from the Blues.
  • 71' Decent effort from Hyndman from the set-piece. The American's strike takes a deflection and the Whites win a corner.
  • 70' Great play from Roberts who spots the run of Williams who commits Aina to a foul. Fulham free-kick.
  • 68' Williams carries the ball from deep, but his angled drive edges wide of the Chelsea goal.
  • 68' Dembélé blasts over the bar from a good position, great knock-down from Burgess from Hyndman's deep free-kick.
  • 67' Houghton goes into the book, giving chase to Williams he brings the Welshman down.
  • 66' Musonda has a go from distance. His effort is high and wide.
  • 65' Lovely through ball from Roberts who finds Williams on the overlap. Smart save from Beeney.
  • 64' Jay Dasilva tries to take on Sheckleford on the left, but again the right-back does well to clear the danger.
  • 62' Rodak is the busier of the two keepers right now, saving well from Colkett's stinging strike from the edge of the box.
  • 61' Rodak makes another save, diving low to claim Brown's strike on the run.
  • 59' Hyndman rolls a pass to the left, Dabo beats Evans to the ball. Good approach play though.
  • 59' Musonda cuts in from the right before shooting at goal, Rodak makes a comfortable low save.
  • 56' Calm play from Aina who holds off Dembélé under pressure.
  • 55' Sheckelford makes another timely intervention just as Brown shapes to shoot. Fantastic block from the young right-back.
  • 53' Roberts almost finds the overlapping Evans with a clever pass. Fankaty Dabo does just enough to see the ball to safety.
  • 52' Aina breaks through the Fulham defence and goes so close to drawing Chelsea level. The sub's effort rolls wide.
  • 48' Dembélé almost adds a fourth for Fulham when racing clear. His lofted attempt falls wide of the target though, having beaten Beeney to the ball.
  • 46' The last of three changes for Chelsea sees Isaiah Brown replace Ruben Loftus Cheek.
  • 46' Kasey Palmer has been replaced by Ola Aina.
  • 46' Jake Clarke Salter off, Isak Ssewankambo on.
  • 46' We're back underway at the Bridge, where another exciting 45 minutes is expected. COYW
  • 46' Half-time and Fulham lead Chelsea 3-2 at the break and 6-4 on aggregate.
  • 46' Sambou is shown a yellow card by referee Jonathan Moss for a late challenge on Clarke Salter.
  • 45' Great show of strength from Sambou who overpowers the imposing Loftus Cheek before starting another Fulham attack.
  • 44' Musonda checks in from the left, and again it's Sheckleford with an important intervention.
  • 43' Evans floats in a deep free-kick from the right, Beeney does well to claim the ball despite pressure from Dembélé.
  • 41' O'Halloran flicks a ball on to Dembélé who goes down following a late tackle from Clarke Salter.
  • 40' Houghton almost robs Liam Donnelly of possession in the Fulham box, the Whites' skipper does well to recover.
  • 37' Pick that out! Solomon Sambou adds a third with a fine low strike from distance.
  • 37' Dembélé pulls away from the attentions of Clarke Salter before firing at goal. The young Frenchman's strike is off target, though. Good chance.
  • 32' Solanke forces a decent save from Rodak as Chelsea go on the attack.
  • 26' Great finish from Roberts who takes a fine pass from Hyndman before firing an exquisite strike across Beeney. What a game so far!
  • 25' Solanke finds Houghton on the edge of the box, and the latter scores with a cool first time finish.
  • 21' Charlie Colkett levels the score on the night, sending Marek Rodak the wrong way from the spot.
  • 21' Evans is booked for a late sliding tackle on Musonda. Chelsea are awarded a penalty.
  • 19' Good chance for Solanke, Sheckleford, though, times his tackle to perfection.
  • 18' Williams twists beyond Christensen, but just when he's about to pull the trigger the young Dane does well to make the block.
  • 17' O'Halloran then whips in the corner, Burgess does well to free the ball and Roberts rattles the post with a powerful angled strike.
  • 16' Dangerous low cross from O'Halloran who leaves Jay Dasilva in his wake. Christensen is first to the ball, though and Fulham win a corner.
  • 15' Rhyeem Sheckleford races down the right, but his teasing cross is cleared by Jake Clarke Salter.
  • 14' Evans and Williams look to combine down the left, but the latter's pass is blocked by Andreas Christensen.
  • 12' There's a real energy to the Whites tonight, O'Halloran gets back to deny Ruben Loftus Cheek.
  • 11' Chelsea break down the right, Jordan Evans does well to block Palmer.
  • 10' Good feet from Kasey Palmer, but Burgess reads the through ball well. Composed defending from the youngster.
  • 8' Fulham are pushing Chelsea back into their own half here, good pressure from Williams as Cameron Burgess plays a long ball down the left flank.
  • 4' Patrick Roberts cuts through a sea of blue before finding Emerson Hyndman who slips a pass to Dean O'Halloran. The Irishman crosses & Moussa Dembélé heads in. Great move.
  • 3' Good play from George Williams who does well to get a shot off. His effort is deflected wide for a corner.
  • 1' Chelsea attack from the off and Dominic Solanke almost picks out Charly Musonda.
  • 1' And we're underway at Stamford Bridge. COYW!
  • Steve Wigley's side take a narrow 3-2 lead into tonight's encounter. Goals from Moussa Dembélé, Emerson Hyndman and Cameron Burgess capped an impressive first leg victory at Craven Cottage.
  • Fulham's Under-18s take on Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in the second leg of the FA Youth Cup Final.