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Man City lift U16 PL Cup after goal in last minute

13 Mar 2018
Man City win Under-16 Premier League Cup

Inaugural competition hailed a success after final between Chelsea and Man City decided with the last kick of extra-time

Manchester City’s Under-16s showed the mettle of the seniors in claiming the Under-16 Premier League Cup with the last kick of the match on Saturday.

In a manner similar to Sergio Aguero’s added-time goal that claimed the 2011/12 Premier League title, Taylor Bellis struck in the final minute of the match to beat Chelsea 2-1.

Rowan McDonald gave City a first-half lead at Cobham Training Ground, but Tino Andrew’s goal after the break for Chelsea forced an additional 30 minutes.

Tommy Doyle, after assisting McDonald, set up defender Bellis for the dramatic extra-time winner.

Premier League Games Programme Manager Dean Smith presented the trophy to City and called the inaugural season of the competition a success.

"It has proved a valuable experience for the players and coaches," Smith said.

"It has provided them with an alternative experience to what they are normally exposed to, and let them compete against clubs outside their normal Games Programme.

"We want to expose players and coaches to situations where stress and anxiety is heightened.

"This, we hope, will best prepare them for their future careers in the game."

The Chelsea Academy have another chance to claim silverware this Sunday in the Under-18 Premier League Cup final against Tottenham Hotspur, also at Cobham Training Ground. Kick-off is 14:00 GMT.

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