Anglo-Nigerian winger provides game-winning assist as Chelsea U18s beat Spurs 

Published: November 19, 2022
Anglo-Nigerian winger provides game-winning assist as Chelsea U18s beat Spurs 

England youth international of Nigerian descent Tudor Mendel-Idowu was among the standout performers as Chelsea defeated Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 in an U18 Premier League London derby on Saturday afternoon.


Chelsea U18s boss Ed Brand handed starts to Mendel-Idowu and two other players of Nigerian descent in first year scholar Somto Boniface and young professional Louis Flower, while Chinoso Chibueze played the last five minutes after coming off the bench. 


Callum Olusesi and Damola Ajayi tasted action for Tottenham Hotspur, with the latter entering the game as a substitute in the 65th minute. 


The first half ended as it began as it was all square, with Chelsea taking the lead through Michael Golding in the 29th minute and seconds before the halftime interval Jamie Donley tapped in at the far post to equalize for the north London club. 


Midway through the second half, Josh Acheampong, with a phenomenal finish from outside the box, netted the game-winning goal after he was set up by Mendel-Idowu, who dragged the Tottenham defenders one way and shifted the ball back to the fullback. 


In the 71st minute, Mendel-Idowu came close to grabbing a goal of his own, but his header was brilliantly saved by the Spurs goalkeeper. 


Chelsea have now accumulated thirteen points after seven matches and sit in third place in the U18 Premier League South. 



Ifeanyi Emmanuel 



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