Manchester City booked their place in the FA Youth Cup final against Chelsea after beating Leicester City 5 – 1 on aggregate. Goals from Issac Buckley-Ricketts, Brandon Barker, Denzeil Boadu and a Aaron Nemane brace over two legs secured Man City’s victory.
The win sets up a repeat of the 2008 final, when a Man City team containing Daniel Sturridge went on to lift the trophy, beating Chelsea 4 – 2. Chelsea ensured their place in the final with a 5 – 4 aggregate win over Tottenham Hotspur with goals from England trio Dominic Solanke, Charlie Colkett and Izzy Brown and The Blues will be looking to retain the cup they also won last year.
The date for the first leg at the Academy Stadium Manchester has been set for Monday 20 April, with the return at Stamford Bridge scheduled for a week later on 27 April.
Young Pro’s to watch out for:
After making his u18s debut at just 14, Tosin has gone from strength to strength, and turned out 17 times for the squad that lifted the North Division title last term while still a schoolboy. Handed the armband at the start of this season, he admits he was delighted to hear the news. An England youth international who has already signed a professional contract with the club at the tender age of 17, he is now an EDS regular as City coaches continue to push the young centre-back to push himself harder and harder.
The young Mancunian, who terrorises opposing defences from the left wing, was voted Players’ Player of the Year in his first year as an u18 scholar and was promoted to the EDS a year early last summer. An England youth international, Brandon is City’s top scorer in the Youth Cup with six goals in five games, including a sensational strike against Coventry nominated for the Goal of the Month.
Dominic Solanke has scored in every round of the competition so far (as he did in the UEFA Youth League which Chelsea won last week), with 34 goals to his name in all club competitions. He’s not the only one with a prolific campaign under his belt, with fellow first-year scholar Tammy Abraham having also netted 34.
Factor in Izzy Brown – scorer of two goals in the UEFA Youthfinal against Shakhtar Donetsk – and you’ve got an incredibly potent forward line, ably supported by a midfield able to feature the highly-rated Charly Musonda and Jeremie Boga, whilst captain Charlie Colkett runs the show from a deeper position, organising and dictating play in an eye-catching manner.
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