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FA Cup

Five players who stood out in Chelsea, Tottenham's FA Youth Cup semifinal

Chelsea forward Ike Ugbo scored in the Blues' 2-1 FA Youth Cup semifinal first-leg win over Tottenham on Tuesday.

Chelsea beat Tottenham 2-1 in the FA Youth Cup semifinal first leg on Tuesday, in a match the holders utterly dominated. The clubs have two of the best academies in England, and there was plenty of talent on show.

ESPN FC picks out the five standout players from the match at White Hart Lane.

Brandon Austin | Tottenham | 18 | Goalkeeper

Without the goalkeeper, it could have been far worse for Tottenham. Austin was comfortably the busiest player for the hosts, particularly in the second half, when he made a string of fine saves. His best spell came late in the second half when he made a low stop to deny Chelsea striker Ike Ugbo and then a sprawling save to his other side to keep out George McEachran's fierce drive. The second stop was right out of Hugo Lloris' playbook. Unfortunately, he also shares the Frenchman's habit of wobbly kicking and several of his clearances went straight out of play.

Mason Mount | Chelsea | 18 | Midfielder

Chelsea's captain was their outstanding player. Mount controlled the tempo, showing great vision and awareness as Tottenham struggled to pick him up as the No. 10. Some of Chelsea's players looked physically stronger than Tottenham, but Mount just looked technically better. He hit the post with a brilliant curling free kick from 30 yards after six minutes and thereafter was at the heart of most of Chelsea's best play, as the Blues attacked in wave after wave. He won a late penalty, missed by sub Luke McCormick.

Kazaiah Sterling | Tottenham | 18 | Forward

There was some focus on the 18-year-old after he was name-checked by Mauricio Pochettino this week. The Spurs manager said Sterling will train with the first team next season and backed him to learn plenty from Harry Kane. And like Kane, Sterling made the difference when it mattered, keeping his head to side-foot home Jack Roles' pass in the 87th minute. He had been anonymous and wasteful as a lone striker up until then, but his goal has given Tottenham hope.

Ike Ugbo | Chelsea | 18 | Forward

Chelsea's lone striker scored the Blues' second goal and he could have finished the match with five or six. He was a little unlucky to see a shot from point-blank range saved by Austin's face, while the goalkeeper palmed away an effort in the second half and he had a shot deflected just wide. He was also guilty of some rash finishing, though. He is big and physical but mobile, and he linked up with Mount well. He scored 26 goals in 33 games last season, including two in the cup.

Dujon Sterling | Chelsea | 17 | Right-back/midfielder

Chelsea's Sterling is no relation to Manchester City's Raheem or Tottenham's Kazaiah, but he is also a speedy and smart winger. He ran at Tottenham's left-back through the match and showed his quality with a fine cut-back for the second goal. Sterling scored in the final last season and he looks set to help Chelsea to another cup, barring a shock at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

Dan is ESPN FC's Tottenham correspondent. Follow him on Twitter: @Dan_KP.


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