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The Verdict: Aston Villa U23s 2-1 Southampton U23s

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The Verdict: Aston Villa U23s 2-1 Southampton U23s

Game details 

Competition: Premier League 2 – Division 2
Date: Friday 7th December 2018
Venue: Villa Park

Scoring summary

Smallbone 55

Hepburn-Murphy 66, Clarke 90


Sarkic, Rowe, Bedeau, Bazeley-Graham, Ige, Walker (Ramsey, 61), Cox, Clarke, Prosser, Knibbs (Odutayo), Hepburn-Murphy. UNUSED SUBS: Pastorek, Patterson, Lomax.

Story in brief

Our Young Lions showed great fortitude to come from behind to see off Southampton U23s 2-1 at Villa Park in this PL2 Division 2 clash.

Will Smallbone had fired the visitors ahead for a short 10 minute spell, before Rushian Hepburn-Murphy found an equaliser.

The striker was fouled as he raced forward and he despatched the resulting 20-yard free-kick.

It was late drama for all the wrong reasons at The Hawthorns on the same night as Jay Rodriguez scored a controversial equaliser.

But here, back at home in B6, it was a different – and more positive – story as Jack Clarke completed our turnaround two minutes before the final whistle with a fine close-range finish.

On from the bench, Colin Odutayo was found by Hepburn-Murphy, and he drilled a low ball across the six-yard line, which found the back post run of Clarke, and he applied the finishing touch.

Double delight

That’s two wins in succession now for our U23s.

After a 1-0 victory over Plymouth in the Premier League Cup, Kevin MacDonald’s Young Lions earned a hard-fought three points over Southampton in Premier League 2 Division 2.

In the league, we now lie fifth with 20 points from 12 games – Wolves are No.1, Reading are No.2, Man Utd are No.3 and Southampton are No.4.

We’re just four points off top spot.

What’s next

We take on Stoke City away next Monday, 17th December.

The Potters are eight in the table with 13 points from 12 matches.

Paul Brown
By @paulbrownavfc 10th December 2018