Chelsea secured their fourth consecutive FA Youth Cup with a 6-2 aggregate victory over Manchester City, who once again found themselves playing bridesmaid to the West Londoners.
City have now lost in the final to Chelsea for three years running, and were no closer to success here than their previous two attempts.
Trevoh Chalobah opened the scoring after six minutes before Ike Ugbo’s acrobatic strike put the hosts firmly in control. Lukas Nmecha pulled one back for the visitors just after half-time but Chelsea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi, Dujon Sterling and Cole Dasilva put the tie beyond doubt.
City required a sound start but fell behind early. Aro Muric tipped Jacob Maddox’s shot around the post and from the resulting corner Chalobah rose to plant home a magnificent header from 10 yards.
The hosts’ second was the highlight of the evening however, as Ugbo arched his back to turn home Dujon’s Sterling’s cross with his right foot. It showed superb striker’s instinct and was his 10th of this cup run.
City enjoyed longer spells of possession as the first half progressed and went close in on the stroke of half time when Jamie Cumming saved Nmecha’s strike from distance.
Moments after missing a presentable chance Nmecha did reduce the deficit, taking down Matt Smith’s chipped through ball on his chest and sliding the ball right-footed into the bottom corner.
Hopes of a comeback dashed 10 minutes later when City’s defence allowed HudSon-Odoi to stroll into the area unchallenged and smash a shot in off the post.
Sterling added further gloss to the score-line in the 66th minute when he overlapped on the right, powered into the box a fired a low shot past Muric at his near post. Dasilva completed the scoring with a tap-in after Mason Mount’s shot was spilt by Muric.