Chelsea youngsters demolish Fulham to reach semi-finals yet again

Martell Taylor-Crossdale scored a hat-trick after coming on as a substitute as Chelsea thrashed Fulham 6-0 to reach the semi-finals of the FA Youth Cup.

Holders Chelsea, winners of the tournament in each of the last four years, are in the semi-finals for the ninth year in a row.

Callum Hudson-Odoi and Dujon Sterling also scored at Craven Cottage, where all the goals came in the second half.

The first was an own goal, with Jaydn Mundle-Smith inadvertently turning in a cross from Hudson-Odoi, who then doubled Chelsea’s lead with an emphatic finish after going past two defenders.

Shortly after coming on just after the hour mark, Taylor-Crossdale (pictured) scored at the near post after being found by Hudson-Odoi’s cross.

Blues keeper Jamie Cumming saved a penalty from Nicolas Santos Clase before Sterling made it 4-0 with a header from a cross by Tariq Lamptey, who also set up the fifth for Taylor-Crossdale.

And Taylor-Crossdale completed the rout with a late penalty after Lamptey was adjudged to have been fouled by Dan Martin.