PL Cup final report: Wolves 1-3 Chelsea

From the official Chelsea FC website:

Chelsea Under-17s secured our Academy’s first silverware of the season with a superb 3-1 win over Wolves in the final of the Premier League Cup at Molineux.

A stunning individual goal from Rio Ngumoha and two second-half strikes from Frankie Runham saw an impressive young Blues side triumph and lift the trophy.

Wolves were on home turf and did mount a late push to take the final to extra time, but Runham’s goal three minutes from the end ensured the trophy was heading to west London.

Chelsea, led by Under-18s head coach Hassan Sulaiman and supported by Under-16s head coach James Houghton, were in front at half-time after a nervy opening 45 minutes was lit up by Ngumoha’s sensational solo effort.

The hosts did level just after the break when Fraser Harper’s deflected shot found the net. But within five minutes, Runham had us back in front.

And our No7 completed a famous victory with a sweetly-struck volley from a corner in the 87th minute.

The victory saw us lift the Under-17 Premier League Cup for the first time since it was introduced in its current format. Some of the players involved at Molineux could still add more silverware, as our Under-18s and Under-21s both remain in the hunt for trophies heading towards the end of the season.

The young Blues had the best chances of a tight first half, with Saheed Olagunju and Runham both firing just off target when well placed. The final appeared to be heading to half-time scoreless, but almost out of nothing 15-year-old winger Ngumoha broke the deadlock with a moment of magic.

Picking up the ball inside his own half, Ngumoha drove past three Wolves players to advance towards goal, before hitting a right-footed drive from well outside the area that found the bottom corner.

Wolves came out strongly after the break and were level within minutes. Harper’s effort was twice deflected en route towards goal, giving Chelsea goalkeeper Kai Crampton no chance.

Yet almost immediately the young Blues had regained their lead. Four minutes later, Runham capitalised superbly on some sloppy play at the back from a Wolves goal-kick.

The 17-year-old seized possession in a flash after a misplaced pass, before driving into the box and finishing smartly.

Chelsea did have chances to seal the final earlier, the best falling to Shumaira Mheuka who got in behind the Wolves defence before being forced wide.

But when Landon Emenalo’s resulting corner was headed out to the edge of the penalty area, Runham slammed home a volley, continuing his fine run in this competition after scoring in the quarter and semi-final victories.

Four added minutes of injury time were seen out without any further drama to give the young Blues a first trophy of the season.





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