Jonny Sutherland (7): Was the quieter of the two keepers. He dealt well with what was thrown at him and could do nothing about the goal. I was very impressed with his composure on the ball, he was always looking to play it to a United defenders feet.
Liam Grimshaw (7) A good game from Liam. He was defensively solid and attacked as much as he could and he provided a great outlet down the right flank. His passing was sloppy in patches but a good all round performance from him.
Luke McCullough (7) A very solid game from him. He won everything in the air and his passing was as impressive as always. Hesitated for a split second for Chelsea’s goal but marshalled the defence magnificently.
Nic Ioannou (9) (MOTM) A brilliant performance from the 16 year old Cypriot. He won everything in the air,brought the ball out from the back and his fantastic pace meant that he cancelled out the Chelsea attacks greatest asset. Our most mature performance came from our youngest player on the night.
Tyler Blackett (5) It is fair to say that this was not one of Tyler’s better games. He was often caught out of position which helped Chelsea counter attack. He was very wasteful with the ball, often playing a sloppy pass and almost always opting to cut inside on to his weaker right foot when, which mainly resulted in him losing the ball.
Jack Barmby (8) This lad continues to impress me. He was our only attacking threat, and at times we relied on him too much. Jack beat his man countless times and was always willing to take on players and inject place into our game. Every time he was on the ball, you felt that he would cause Chelsea a problem, and more often than not he did.
Joe Rothwell (8) A magnificent performance from Joe. Everything we did went through him. His composure and vision is very good, and he has a great level of footballing intelligence about him for one so young. He makes the game look so simple with his pass and move mentality.
Ben Pearson (6) A very good first half from Ben, he was everywhere, constantly snapping at Chelsea heels and putting them under pressure. As the game wore on, he tired, which resulted in him giving away a lot of sloppy balls.
Gyliano Van Velzen (4) A very poor game from Gyliano. It seemed like everything that could have gone wrong for him, did. He was very poor on the ball, losing it far too often. In the second half he drifted out of the game completely and it was like we were playing with ten men.
Mats Daehli (5) A very ineffective performance from Mats. He struggled to get involved in the game at all. The game just bypassed him completely and I could count on one hand the amount of meaningful touches on the ball he had. Was substituted with ten minutes left.
Sam Byrne (5) Was playing as lone a lone striker and found it very difficult to hold the ball up when challenged by Chelsea’s centre backs. He was not helped by the fact he rarely had any support. He worked tirelessly as usual, but to no avail. Unlucky not to get on the score sheet.
One to watch: This weeks “one to watch” is a player who has impresses me every time I have seen him play this season. Jack Barmby, son of Nick, is a left footed right winger, who has just about everything required to make it at the highest level. He is the U18’s top scorer this year and has scored in every round of the FA Youth Cup.
A very tricky winger with a great burst of acceleration, Jack is a huge threat to opposition defences. He is always willing to take on the full back, but his great intelligence allows him to know when to release the ball. He is at his best on the right wing, where he can cut inside on his left peg and deliver a long range shot, another great attribute of his.
Jack also has great upper body strength,he is not knocked off the ball easily. This is a great trait for him to have as he will no doubt be the subject of some vicious challenges in the future due to his confident nature.
Jack has no doubt been the stand out player for the U18’s this term, and if he keeps impressing and performing like he is doing, a first team appearance may be on the cards within the next two years.