Match: Aston Villa U18s v Southampton U18s
Date: Saturday 24th November 2018
Competition: U18 Premier League
Venue: Bodymoor Heath
Odutayo (2), Brunt, Ramsey, Wright
Sinisalo, Walker, Ige, Patterson, McConnachie, Burton, Walker, Ramsey, Odutayo, Wright, Archer. SUBS: Onodi, Sohna, Guy, Vassilev, Presley.
Story in brief
Aston Villa U18s climbed to fifth in the Premier League table after a convincing 5-1 win at home to Southampton U18s.
The Young Lions were 3-0 up inside just 12 minutes, and were therefore comfortable for the majority of the game.
Colin Odutayo opened the scoring from the penalty spot after Lewis Brunt had been brought down, before Brunt himself made it 2-0 with a crisp left-footed volley from the edge of the box.
Jacob Ramsey added a third when also volleying home from a set play.
Forward Tyreik Wright made it four on 27 minutes when he converted another penalty – Charlie McConnachie was the man brought down on this occasion.
Southampton pulled a goal back early in the second half, but it proved a mere consolation as Odutayo rounded the goalkeeper to notch our fifth in stoppage time, following some excellent play from Ben Guy.
Back to winning ways
After a difficult few months on league duties, our U18s returned to winning ways in some style.
Losses against Chelsea, Leicester City, Tottenham Hotspur and Brighton & Hove Albion had halted a run of four successive victories, but those defeats can now be consigned to history.
The victory sprung David Hughes' team back up to fifth in the U18 Premier League standings, where they're just two points adrift of Leicester.
Brunt flying high
Lewis Brunt made it a memorable personal week for himself, with two victories to supplement signing his first professional contract last Monday.
The midfielder put pen-to-paper on a three-year deal the day before featuring in our Birmingham Senior Cup penalty shootout win at Stratford Town.
To cap it off, he played a key part in the demolition of Southampton, winning the first penalty to set Villa on their way, before netting an impressive volley to double our advantage.
Hughes now takes his side to South Wales to face Swansea City U18s this weekend.
The Swans sit second bottom in the U18 Premier League table with just two wins to their name so far this term.