City win FA Youth Cup after beating Chelsea

By Ric Turner, Tue 03 November 2020 13:34

City win FA Youth Cup after beating ChelseaCole Palmer dedicates winning goal to late ex-team mate Jeremy Wisten

City's under-18s have won the FA Youth Cup after beating Chelsea 3-2 at St George's Park on Monday evening.

Cole Palmer scored a dramatic late winner to seal the victory, and dedicated his goal to ex-team mate Jeremy Wisten who sadly passed away last week.

The young Blues dominated the early stages of the game, but fell behind to a goal from Marcel Lewis. James McAtee levelled for City ten minutes before the break, and Morgan Rogers gave a City a deserved lead in the second half. An unfortunate deflection off Taylor Harwood-Bellis saw Chelsea equalise, before Palmer struck minutes from time.

It's only the third time that City have won the trophy, after previous successes in 1986 and 2008, and Pep Guardiola was quick to offer his congratulations:

 'I want to congratulate all the players, as well as Carlos and his staff.

'I thought their performance was outstanding. They showed so much courage and personality – not just in the final but throughout the competition.

'They worked so hard without the ball and when they attacked, they did it with creativity. I was so impressed.

'It is testament to the strength of our Academy right now. There are a lot of very good players coming through.

'Hopefully, they enjoy this achievement and continue to develop because some of them have fantastic futures ahead of them.

'The Academy teaches young players to play the game in the right way and we are seeing the benefit of that at every age group.'