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U18 Premier League Cup semi-finals roundup

Rio Kyerematen (Pictured) scored the only goal of the game to send Tottenham through to the final [Credit: Getty Images]

The semi-finals of the U18 Premier League Cup took place in the last week and we now know the two sides that will compete for the trophy. It proved to be heartbreak for the two U18 Professional Development League sides as they were both eliminated. Aston Villa beat Charlton Athletic at the weekend and Tottenham Hotspur beat Sheffield United in midweek to reach the final.

The cup has been won twice apiece by Manchester City and Chelsea since it was introduced in the 2017/18 season meaning there will be a new name on the trophy this season for the first time since 2019. Tottenham made the final in the debut season of the competition but fell to a 1-0 defeat at Chelsea. Aston Villa have reached the final for the first time. Here’s how the semi-finals went down.

Charlton Athletic 2-3 Aston Villa

Villa pipped Charlton in a thrilling encounter decided by Kadan Young’s late winner. Omari Kellyman’s third goal of the competition opened the scoring in the 27th minute for Villa. Kai Enslin then equalised for the Addicks just before half-time to send the teams in level at the break. Rory Wilson restored the Villains’ lead from the penalty spot in the 71st minute after Charlie Lutz was brought down in the box. Finley Munroe put the ball in his own net shortly after to give Charlton a second equaliser. Young then produced a stunning solo effort in the 84th minute to send Villa to the final. The 17-year-old was also shown a straight red card in stoppage time to dampen the celebrations.

Sheffield United 0-1 Tottenham Hotspur

Rio Kyerematen scored the only goal of the game to send Tottenham through to the final. Cat-2 Sheffield United produced an incredible fight as they have all campaign in the U18 Premier League Cup but fell to an 88th-minute winner from Spurs. The goal was a well-worked team move that went from right to left with the ball ending up at the feet of Mikey Moore out wide. The midfielder played a deft ball inside for Kyerematen who fired it into the back of the net to spark massive Spurs celebrations. The goal was the England U17 international’s fifth in all competitions this season.

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