As dominant as Chelsea youth teams have been over the past decade or so, 7-0 wins don’t come along every day even for them.
But on Monday, just as Winter Storm Ciara took a break, Storm Chelsea U18 unleashed their full fury, and battered visiting Wolverhampton Wanderers in the FA Youth Cup fifth round.
It took 25 minutes (and a penalty save from Chelsea goalkeeper Jake Askew) for the game’s first goal — left back hopeful Ian Maatsen getting on the scoresheet after a great pass from Captain Tino Anjorin.
Broja flicks on to Anjorin who shows great strength and vision to hold off his defender and play an excellent outside-of-the-boot pass for Maatsen to run onto and slot into the far post side-netting. 1-0. #CFCDev #PL2 pic.twitter.com/8xMFOc12X3— amadí (@amadoit__) February 10, 2020
But by half-time, the Blues were up four, including this ridiculous individual effort from Maatsen’s fellow senior debutant earlier this season. You can’t stop Tino, you can only hope to contain Tino.
You might want to watch this one a few times.
Anjorin, deployed as part of a front-three with the continually impressive Armando Broja and dynamic little Marcel Lewis, was a Ruben Loftus-Cheek-esque man amongst boys out there as Wolves could do little to stop the onslaught.
Chelsea would add three more in the second half, with Lewis completing his hat-trick from the spot after Broja was brought down. Lewis’s first goal was a tap-in from a Broja square ball, while his second was a gift from the Wolves keeper. A hat-trick’s a hat-trick though!
Substitute Myles Peart-Harris scored one and set up another (for Xavier Simons) in the final ten minutes to complete the rout.
Round 3: Chelsea 4-0 Huddersfield Town.— Chelsea Youth (@chelseayouth) February 10, 2020
Round 4: Chelsea 5-0 Bradford City.
Round 5: Chelsea 7-0 Wolves.
Just starting to warm up nicely...
Full, non-embeddable highlights are available on the official website as well as the 5th Stand App, with the club continuing to shun YouTube just to make things as annoying as possible.
Chelsea are thus into the last eight, and will take on former London rivals Millwall in the quarterfinals.