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Kick off 19:00 (UK)

27 February 2020 Venue Stamford Bridge Attendance

Kick off 19:00 (UK)

Chelsea U18
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Millwall U18
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Preview | Chelsea v Millwall Under 18s

Last eight tie at Stamford Bridge...

27 February 2020

Millwall's Under 18s travel across London to take on Chelsea in the FA Youth Cup Quarter-Finals on Thursday night (kick-off 7pm).

The game against The Blues will see both clubs compete for a place in the final four of the competition and must be finished on the night.

Larry McAvoy and Chris Perry's Under 18s side head to West London in good form, maintaining their solid League campaign with a 4-2 victory over Queens Park Rangers last weekend. They do, however, come up against a Chelsea side with outstanding pedigree in the FA Youth Cup, winning the tournament multiple times.

Sean O'Brien and Abdul Abdulmalik have scored in every round so far and will look to continue that record against The Blues, whilst the likes of Jay Barton, Hayden Muller and Tyrese Briscoe - scorer of the winning goal in the Fifth Round win at AFC Bournemouth - will hope to feature once again.

The Lions will be supported by 1,000 fans at Stamford Bridge, but if you are unable to make it, then all the action will be able to watch on iFollow for free - viewers will need to create an account to do so.

O'Brien and the duo of McAvoy and Perry have been speaking to in the build-up to Thursday night's encounter, and you can hear what they had to say by clicking the relevant links.

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Match Reports

Lions exit FA Youth Cup with single-goal defeat

Our report from Stamford Bridge

27 February 2020

Millwall bowed out of the FA Youth Cup at the Quarter-Final stage on Thursday night with a 1-0 defeat to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

Armando Broja's second-half strike sent The Blues through to the Semi-Finals.

Larry McAvoy and Chris Perry opted for a diamond formation in the midfield with Abdul Abdulmalik, fresh from England Under 17s duty, and Sean O'Brien spearheading the attack.

Chelsea were making most of the attacking play as the game went through its early stages, but The Lions stood firm, with Hayden Muller and Alex Mitchell marshalling the defence.

With nine minutes played Valentino Livramento had The Blues' first effort of the evening, but it was deflected wide. A corner was then flashed across the face of the penalty area but Millwall stood firm once more, despite three Chelsea players waiting at the back post.

Xavier Simons' deflected shot - which went behind - ensured The Lions' sheet was kept clean, but the ball was in the net with 19 minutes played; however, Armando Broja's overhead-kick was ruled out for a high foot on Millwall right-back Ben Bennett.

That was to spell the end of the evening for Bennett, who had to be removed, clearly suffering from concussion.

His replacement, Ezekiel Miller, was the first to penetrate Chelsea's penalty area on the half-hour mark, but after he lost the ball Lewis Bate went on a run that took in half the length of the field - he fed Broja, but the striker got his shot horribly wrong, skewing it wide.

The Lions were growing in confidence and forced a corner aftrer Jay Barton's goal-bound shot was blocked, but from the resulting corner taken by O'Brien, Mitchell nodded wide.

Simons curled over as Chelsea looked to up the ante with half-time approaching, with Borja finding the upper tier of the Shed End four minutes from the break after Leighton Fanshawe had to punch Chibuike Ezennolim's sliced clearance away from goal.

The Blues fashioned a couple of further chances as the opening 45 minutes came to a close, but The Lions held firm to go in at the break goalless.

Chelsea continued to apply pressure after the resumption of the second-half but could not find the net. Simons was the next to try his luck, but he found the upper tier behind the goal. On 62 minutes, however, after a lengthy stoppage for an injury to Levi Colwill, The Blues took the lead. A free-kick was swung into the box and controlled by Broja, who tapped home.

Miller had to be alert to stop a second for Chelsea shortly after, stabbing the ball behind despite the close attentions of Livramento, before Fanshawe saved well from Faustino Anjorin, before the Chelsea captain again had a chance but ballooned his effort over.

Penalty shouts for Millwall after Mitchell fell in the box were ignored by the officials, before the centre-back pairing of Mitchell and Muller both had headed opportunities spurned as the final 10 minutes got underway.

Try as they might, though, The Lions could not find the equaliser which would have forced extra-time, instead bringing down the curtain on a memorable Cup run as Chelsea took their place in the last four.

Chelsea: Askew, Lawrence, Simeu, Colwill (Rankine 61'), Maatsen, L. Bate, Livramento, Simons, Broja (Ballo 90'), Anjorin, Lewis. Subs not used: McClellend, Wady, Humphries, Harris, Fiabema.

Scorer: Broja 62'

Booking: Simons

Millwall: Fanshawe, Bennett (Miller 24'), Ezennolim, Munting, Mitchell, Muller, Barton (O. Bate 85'), Allen (Briscoe 68'), Abdulmalik, O'Brien, Boateng. Subs not used: Gillmore, Penney, Brooke, Walker.

Booking: Mitchell

Referee: Tom Reeves

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Ticket News

Club Statement

An update on FA Youth Cup ticket allocation...

21 February 2020

Millwall Football Club regrets to inform supporters that no further tickets will be made available for the FA Youth Cup Quarter-Final tie away to Chelsea on Thursday 27th February.

The club is immensely disappointed by what it believes to be an unnecessarily small allocation and has filed a written complaint with the relevant authorities. Millwall have fought against the decision to provide such a minimal ticket allocation from the off and the club is also of the belief that limiting the overall attendance undermines the integrity of the competition. As well as denying more fans the opportunity to watch the game, it also hugely restricts the number of players’ family members and friends who can attend on what is the biggest occasion of their careers to date.

The match is all-ticket and the club urges fans who have not been able to purchase one not to travel to Stamford Bridge on the night. It is hoped that a live stream will be available for all Lions supporters to view free-of-charge.

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