Sunderland U18 1-1 Villa U18: Strain on target in draw
Tony McAndrew's team came from behind on Wearside to continue their impressive run in the Barclays U18 Premier League.
The claret and blue young guns are now four matches unbeaten and have only lost once in the league this term.
But they were forced to dig deep when Ethan Robson gave Sunderland the lead on 39 minutes.
Robson stepped up to score from the spot after James Stinson was fouled in the penalty box.
However, Villa staged a rapid response through Strain, who has now scored seven this season.
He pounced to convert Riccardo Calder's cross just before half-time.
Villa are back in action on Wednesday with a home game against Tottenham at Bodymoor Heath.
VILLA: Grant, R Strain, Lyons-Foster, Toner, Wildin, Abdo, Cowans, Lyden, Calder, Sellars, T Strain. Subs: McKirdy [for T Strain], O'Brien [for Abdo].