FA Youth Cup match report: Crystal Palace 1-5 Villa
Five-star Villa progressed to the fifth round of the FA Youth Cup in style with a scintillating showing against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.
Winger Corey Taylor ran the opening 45 minutes and earned assists for his team's first two strikes.
Kelsey Mooney set the visitors on their way, firing home after a good spell of Villa pressure.
On 18 minutes, Callum O'Hare [pictured] made it two - heading home from another Taylor cross.
With their tails up, Ben Petty's side continued to attack.
Moustafa Zeidan embarked on a marauding run before shooting over the bar.
A fine solo effort from Andre Green after a neat one-two on the edge of the box made it three.
Villa were pegged back just before the interval, conceding a penalty after Johan Abdoul fouled Corie Andrews - Palace's Levi Lumeka dispatched.
The second half was a tight affair but Villa grew stronger as the game opened up.
There was a glorious chance for Palace to reduce the deficit to one - Aaron Bissaka's shot and substitute Dan Hogan's follow-up was off target.
A well-worked corner was tucked home by O'Hare for the fourth.
O'Hare almost grabbed his hat-trick with two chances in quick succession.
The first arrived on the back of a super run down the right from Mitch Clark before a second deflected strike.
The young lions put the icing on the cake in the final stages.
Andre Green tore away on the left hand side, picked out Jake Humphries and he rifled in a fifth within minutes of entering the field.
Coach Ben Petty said: "It was an outstanding performance from the team.
"We were pleased with our preparation in the lead up and were confident after the good run of form we have been in.
"We started the game exactly how we planned and some of our attacking play was excellent.
"It was a top class team effort but special credit must go to goalkeeper Emmanuel Idem, Jack Coates and Kelsey Mooney who were brought into the side after missing out on the Everton game."
VILLA: Idem, Clark, Abdoul, Zeidan (Clarke 72), Coates, Suliman, Taylor (Cox 84), Hayes, Mooney, (Humphries 80), O'Hare, Green. Unused subs: Linley, Boucher