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Chelsea - Academy Through to Milk Final

Chelsea - Academy Through to Milk Final

Chelsea FC's U-15 Academy side are through to the Final of the 2010 Milk Cup over in Northern Ireland.

Teams from around the world, including Everton, Man U and Chelsea, compete in a week-long tournament on the North Coast area of Northern Ireland. The teams are divided into three categories: Elite, Premier, and Junior for Under-19s, Under-17s and Under-15s respectively.

Chelsea aim to enter a young team into the Junior section of the tournament in readiness for the Academy season ahead. Whilst we have the ability to enter teams at U-17 and U19 level, these players are at the stage of Reserve football and will be concentrating on other pre-season friendlies.

Chelsea were placed in Group A with 11 other teams, however only 2 group matches are played. After these games, 8 teams 'qualify' for the quarter-finals which were played on Wednesday.

The great thing about the Milk Cup is not only do the spectators get to see future stars wearing their favourite jerseys but for teams from other countries to face each other.

CFC began with a 3-0 win over South Coast Bayern, an American youth team, on Monday over in Coleraine. On Tuesday for their second game, the U-15s saw off Co.Armagh convincingly with one of the highlight displays of the week - 7-0.

Back in Coleraine on Wednesday for the quarter final, Chelsea managed a 1-0 win over Co.Tyrone to book a place in the Semi's yesterday.

"You have to remember these schoolboys only finished their school year on the July 20th, so they`ve been back training for two or three sessions before we came to the Milk Cup," Geoff Harvey, team boss, revealed.

"I think tiredness came into a bit (against Tyrone), three games in three days is a real test for them. The boys then faced Dundalk SL and destroyed the team 4-0.

The last game of the week at 4pm today sees Mexican side Cruz Azul as the last team in the way of another piece of Blue silverware. As Neil Bath, Academy Manager, said recently in an interview, Chelsea are achieving much more in Youth tournaments compared to 5 years ago. Here's hoping that we continue to be this successful.

For those interested Reece Mitchell has been one of the stand out performers. The number 9 has been scoring all tournament and will be looking for more goals this afternoon.

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Date:Friday July 30 2010
Time: 1:39PM


Nice to hear about how they are doing in tournaments like that. Come back after the final and give the entire team.
30/07/2010 13:44:00
Cruz azul has talented youngsters in the 1st team so their u-15 must also be good too,we must be weary.Im unfamiliar with our U-15's,Was chabolah there & any standouts LLB?
30/07/2010 13:47:00
wow... a thing to point out from an excellent article... we've scored 15 and conceded none in 4 games.... That's amazing
30/07/2010 13:55:00
great news. i only wish i knew more about our U15 side. i'm not sure if i can name even one player.
30/07/2010 14:23:00
Great news from Coleraine, originally from N.I. but now living in Canada I always look to the milk cup results, great tourny for the up & coming players. It was in this tournament that the manure kids (becks, scholes giggs & the rest that hanson said couldn't win anything) 1st came to shine, winning the competition in 91/92. Good luck to our boys, fly the BLUE flag high.....CAREFREE!!!!!
30/07/2010 14:30:00
watch the game BBC NI 2! 6pm!!! cmon baby!! shame its on at same time as Kakuta's match on Eurosport!
30/07/2010 15:07:00
Good luck to our young lads, and to Kakuta in the U-19 Championships final tonight as well!
30/07/2010 18:04:00
Congratulations to the young lads, won the final 3-0, thats 18 for 0 against, totally awesome, well done lads.....CAREFREE!!!!!
30/07/2010 19:23:00
Sadly Kakuta is having a poor final.
30/07/2010 19:24:00
On the other hand, his work before the 2-1 goal was excellent, better later than sooner...
30/07/2010 19:44:00
kakuta showed us why he is ready for the first team. always kept his head up after his mistakes and it payed of with a brilliant run remniscent of messi the way he twists and turns than the perfectly weighted pass for the goal. kakuta the season is your my friend!
30/07/2010 20:56:00
It was a great little run and dinking cross! Well done Gail!!
31/07/2010 11:14:00
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