Photo: Rose, Mason & Bentaleb watch Spurs youngsters beat Chelsea

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Tottenham's youngsters put in an impressive performance in front of senior staff and players to take a first leg lead against the FA Youth Cup holders.

A trio of Spurs stars saw the club's youth team beat Chelsea at White Hart Lane on Thursday night.

Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur clashed in the latter stages of a cup competition for the second time this week, as the two outfits' Under 18 sides met in the first leg of the FA Youth Cup semi-final at White Hart Lane.

Thankfully for Spurs fans, this game went a little better than when the first teams met at Wembley on Sunday, where Chelsea lifted the Capital One Cup in a 2-0 victory.

The home side, managed by former academy star Kieran McKenna, earned a 2-0 win of their own with Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino in the stands. Youth star Joshua Onomah and Kazaiah Sterling got the goals for the Lilywhites, and many will have impressed the watching Argentine.

It wasn't just the Spurs supremo who was in attendance, as three of the club's graduates that have gone on to star for the first team were also supporting the next generation. Ryan Mason, Danny Rose and Nabil Bentaleb will all have taken at least a little enjoyment at seeing the Blues struggle to break down a resilient Tottenham defence, while showing themselves to be clinical in front of the Chelsea goal, somewhat of a reversal of the League Cup showpiece at the weekend.

At half time in the tie, the game isn't over yet, and Spurs will have to be just as resolute in the return leg at Stamford Bridge on March 18.

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