Manchester City and Chelsea will face each other on Monday in the 2020 FA Youth Cup final after beating Blackburn Rovers and Manchester United respectively .
Manchester City leave it late to see off Blackburn Rovers in FA Youth Cup Semi Final 2020.
Talent shone through in the end as Manchester City U18 qualified for the final of the FA Youth Cup final by beating Blackburn Rovers U18 4-0.
The scoreline was harsh on Rovers who had played their part in an intriguing contest, matching City for an hour before tiring and succumbing to fatigue and costly mistakes late in the game.
Joe Hodge broke the deadlock in the 55th minute with a long range curling strike which the Blackburn goalkeeper couldn’t keep out of his net.
Liam Delap finished off a set piece move started by Cole Palmer to double their lead with 14 minutes to play as Rovers tired.
Delap thought he had a second for himself shortly afterwards with a confident finish but for a couple of offside calls in the build-up.
James McAtee snatched a third after a sloppy pass out to make it three before substitute Jayden Braaf hit a fourth for City with 7 minutes to go from 12 yards out after another poor pass out from the back by Rovers.
There was an unsavoury finish to the game when James Connolly was only booked for a reckless two footed tackle on Braaf which surely deserved red in a senior game – Dutchman Braaf was also booked for his retaliation as the game briefly threatened to boil over.
Chelsea beat Manchester United in FA Youth Cup Semi Final 2020.
Chelsea will meet Manchester City in the 2020 final of the FA Youth Cup after they overwhelmed Manchester United 1-0 at St George’s Park.
The Blues, who had two penalty shouts for handball in the game turned down, had also hit the woodwork through a Tino Livramento chance that bounced off Reece Devine.
United spent much of the first half on the back foot with a block by Charlie McCann and splendid Ondrej Mastny save from Dion Rankine keeping the scores level.
But the Reds grew into the game, with Mark Helm testing Lucas Bergstrom in the Chelsea goal from range while Anthony Elanga rapped the crossbar with a spectacular overhead chance.
Helm forced a save from Bergstrom after the break after wonderful approach work by Shola Shoretire.
But Chelsea took the lead in the 49th minute when Livramento’s cross was converted by Bryan Fiabena – a Norwegian youth international.
United Captain Teden Mengi directed a second half header straight to Bergstrom as Chelsea couldn’t keep up their first half intensity.
Mengi and William Fish blocked out the Blues as the game reached the final stages but the Reds could not find an equaliser.