Match: Aston Villa U23s v Manchester United U23s
Date: Monday 7th January 2019
Competition: Premier League 2
Venue: Villa Park
Davis, Hepburn-Murphy, Mooney, Cox, O'Hare
Sinisalo, Burton, Revan, Bedeau, Walker, Prosser, Clarke, Blackett-Taylor (O'Hare), Ramsey, Hepburn-Murphy (Mooney), Davis (Cox). UNUSED SUBS: Lomax (GK), Knibbs.
Story in brief
Aston Villa U23s got 2019 off to a flying start, beating Manchester United U23s 5-1 at Villa Park.
United, who were Premier League 2 Divison 2 leaders at the turn of the New Year, had only conceded six goals all campaign, but were hit for five as our Young Lions ran riot.
The returning Keinan Davis netted first – heading in at the back post from a Jacob Ramsey cross.
Nishan Burkart equalised to send United in at the break level, but a second-half blitz could not be avoided.
Rushian Hepburn-Murphy brilliantly dribbled from inside his own half to fire home, before Kelsey Mooney made it 3-1 on his first appearance back after the end of his loan spell at Cheltenham Town.
A red card for United's George Tanner split the goals.
A ferocious left-footed strike from Jordan Cox then made it four, before Callum O'Hare's deflected free-kick found its way in to complete the rout.
Davis back in business
It was Keinan Davis' first goal in a year as Villa thumped the Red Devils.
The young striker hadn't scored since last season's FA Cup tie against Peterborough United at Villa Park, but is now up and running as he continues his comeback from injury – hopefully towards regular first team involvement.
Hepburn-Murphy wonder goal
He's been linked with a loan move already this month, and you can see just why EFL clubs would be circling around the jet-heeled Hepburn-Murphy.
In the kind of fashion that drove Villa to both the Premier League Cup Final and Play-Off Final last term, the speedster grabbed ahold of the game with his lighting pace to put the claret and blues back in front.
He set the tone for a memorable victory on the big stage.
Villa go to Norwich City U23s this Friday night.
The Canaries sit 11th in PL2 Division 2 with just three wins to their name this season.
A Kelsey Mooney brace sealed victory against them on the opening day of the campaign.