Match: Aston Villa U23s v Reading U23s
Date: 12th March, 2018
Competition: Premier League 2
Venue: Bescot Stadium
Driscoll OG, Howe OG, Hepburn-Murphy
Aston Villa U23s moved back to within a point of the summit of Premier League 2 Division 2 with a convincing 3-1 win over Reading U23s at Bescot Stadium.
The Young Lions are hot on the tails of Blackburn Rovers once again, with just four regular season fixtures left to play.
Villa didn't have it all their own way on the night, and were behind early on when Matija Sarkic's misplaced pass fell to the feet of Joseph Mendes, who then gave the Royals the lead.
But the claret and blues grew into the game and soon showed why they're battling for the title.
James Finnerty's header crashed off the crossbar and went in off goalkeeper Liam Driscoll to level things up.
Callum O'Hare's fierce, low-driven cross early in the second half was also turned in by a Reading player – Teddy Howe on this occasion.
And Rushian Hepburn-Murphy continued his fine form with a goal that wrapped up the points, sweeping home Jake Doyle-Hayes' quality ball into the box.
Kevin MacDonald's side now head to Sheffield United on Wednesday to complete their Premier League Cup group, where they have already made it to the last 16. That knockout tie sees them face Blackburn at Villa Park two days later, on Friday 16th March.
VILLA: Sarkic; Bazeley-Graham, Bedeau, Finnerty, Clark; Cox, Clarke, Prosser, Doyle-Hayes, O'Hare; Hepburn-Murphy. SUBS: Watkins, Walker, Brunt, Sea, Odutayo.