Match report: Newcastle Res 0-0 Villa Res
Elliott Parish was the star of the show for Villa as he kept Newcastle at bay - although Kevin MacDonald's men could have nicked all three points at the death.
Parish made three tremendous first half saves for the claret and blue second string as the home side dominated proceedings before the break.
The promising young goalkeeper showed his quality by denying returning Danny Guthrie, midfield starlet Shane Ferguson and hotshot striker Phil Airey.
But Villa came roaring back in the second period and really built up a head of steam near the end.
Sub Connor Taylor, who bagged the winning goal in the FA Youth Cup semi-final against the Magpies last season, nearly won it for Villa again but his 30-yard drive was well saved by goalkeeper Ole Soderberg.
The first half definitely belonged to Parish, who made a hat-trick of cracking saves to keep Villa on level terms.
The first came on seven minutes, as he denied Airey from 10 yards out, following an intricate throughball from Guthrie.
His second on 23 minutes was even better - tipping away a 30-yard drive from Northern Ireland youngster Ferguson.
But it was his third which was the real show-stopper. Just after the half hour mark, Guthrie broke up a Villa attack and played it forward to Xisco. The playmaker produced an immediate ball forward which saw Airey spring the offside trap. Parish was out quickly to pounce at the feet of Airey and collect at the second time of asking.
But there were chances for Villa too.
Ellis Deeney beat three defenders like they weren't there down the left-hand side on 14 minutes before whipping in a cracking ball. Unfortunately Joshua Barton couldn't control when well-placed.
A minute later, Barton shot wide with a cross-cum-shot which came about because of his own endeavour in the Newcastle backline.
James Collins Jnr tried to nip in behind defender James Tavernier on 19 minutes but the Newcastle stopper managed to get the ball back to goalkeeper Soderberg just in time.
Ciaran Clark, a rock at the back alongside Shane Lowry, tried to open the scoring just after the break but Soderberg did brilliantly to collect the ball from a corner right under his own crossbar.
Villa were intent on winning the game at the end and Taylor, a second half substitute, nearly did just that but his free-kick from range was brilliantly collected by the Newcastle keeper.
Villa: Elliott Parish, Durrell Berry, Ellis Deeney, Jonathan Hogg, Ciaran Clark, Shane Lowry, Joshua Barton [Connor Taylor], Ebby Nelson-Addy, James Collins Jnr, Daniel Johnson, Courtney Cameron [Graham Burke]. Subs: Andrew Marshall, Arsenio Halfhuid, Sebastian Jenkins.
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