Spurs U21s 1 Chelsea U21s 0

PUBLISHED: 22:46 27 October 2014 | UPDATED: 22:46 27 October 2014

Ruben Loftus-Cheek goes past Harry Winks. Photo: Harry Hubbard

Ruben Loftus-Cheek goes past Harry Winks. Photo: Harry Hubbard


Both sides had a player from Welwyn Garden City in their ranks in Monday evening's Barclays U21 Premier League match

Emmanuel Sonupe’s goal two minutes from time helped Spurs’ youth side to a 1-0 win over Chelsea.

In front of a crowd of more than 1,400 at the Lamex Stadium in Stevenage, the winger took a touch of the ball as it was played in from the left, before allowing it to roll on to his right and rifling home from 10 yards past goalkeeper Mitchell Beeney.

It was a game that featured two players from Welwyn Garden City, both of whom are former Welwyn Pegasus players, as Dominic Ball captained Spurs while Alex Davey was in the Chelsea back line.

But although there was plenty of lovely football in the middle third, the match was played by two sides that seemed to be missing a cutting edge.

Last week, Chelsea’s 17-year-old striker Dominic Solanke was making a Champions League appearance off the bench in the 6-0 victory over Maribor, but here he lacked support.

His team-mates played some ridiculously fun football, with plenty of skill and precise passing, but for all of the trickery of Alex Kiwomya, the rolling passes of Ruben Loftus-Cheek and roaming runs of centre-half Ola Aina, the Blues could not find a way past Luke McGee.

While Chelsea’s play was sublime, but careful, Spurs zipped the ball down the wings and attacked on the counter. However, they only had a blocked Will Miller effort and a Cristian Ceballos shot off target to show for their play before the late winner.

The defences looked as though they would both hold out, but in the end Sonupe came up with the goods to fire the White Hart Lane outfit to victory.

Spurs: McGee, McQueen, Ogilvie (Walker-Peters 73), Lesniak, Ball, Carter-Vickers, Sonupe, Winks, Ceballos (Akindayini 81), Onomah (Lameiras 73), Miller. Subs: Miles.

Chelsea: Beeney, Kane, Davey, Aina, Dabo, Houghton (Colkett 46), Musonda, Loftus-Cheek, Solanke, Boga (Palmer 70), Kiwomya (Scott 90). Subs: Granger, Clarke-Salter.

Att: 1457

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