Chelsea’s Under-18s will contest the FA Youth Cup once again following a hard-fought victory over Manchester United, 1-0 at St George’s Park on Friday.
Forward Bryan Fiabema struck the winner four minutes after the break after United had recovered from a shaky opening 30 minutes to threaten the opener during the first half.
Chelsea will face Manchester City in the final, which will be held at the same venue on November 2, after the Citizens breezed past Blackburn 4-0.
For the eighth time in ten seasons, Chelsea have reached the FA Youth Cup Final, and set up a fourth clash with Manchester City since 2015 after beating their neighbours Manchester United.
The teams observed a minute’s silence before the game, in tribute to United legend Nobby Stiles and former Man City academy player Jeremy Wisten.
Chelsea: 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