Highly-rated Chelsea side overcome at St George's Park
ALBION U15s are the toast of the town after beating Chelsea to lift the Floodlit Cup (South).
The Baggies youngsters won 2-1 in the final played at St George's Park, thanks to goals from Yusuff Ojebode and Rayhaan Tulloch.
It marked the end of the brilliant journey for the boys in a competition that began way back before Christmas when Albion overcame a group featuring Bristol City, Swansea and Cardiff.
They beat a highly-rated Reading side 1-0 in the quarter-finals, before seeing off Arsenal in a high-scoring semi-final. That game ended 4-3 after extra time.
Yesterday's victory means they will now face Manchester City, winners of the North section, in the Super Cup final at Burton's Pirelli stadium on April 8.
Academy manager Mark Harrison paid tribute to the youngsters, some of whom have been with the Club for more than seven years.
"For the boys to achieve this is fantastic," said Harrison.
"If you look at our resources compared to those of Chelsea, it's a great achivement. Most of our lads are local boys, who have shown great consistency and set high standards.
"Some of these boys have been with us since they were eight and were part of the Truce tournament in 2012, when we represented the Premier League.
"It's also a reflection of the work done by everyone in the Academy."