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The Verdict: Norwich City U23s 2-1 Aston Villa U23s

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The Verdict: Norwich City U23s 2-1 Aston Villa U23s

Game details

Match: Norwich City U23s v Aston Villa U23s
Date: Friday 11th January 2019
Competition: Premier League 2
Venue: Colney Training Centre

Scoring summary

Thorvaldsson, Spyrou



Lomax, Walker, Bedeau, Revan, Bazeley-Graham (Burton), Prosser, Doyle-Hayes, Clarke, Blackett-Taylor, (Mooney), Cox (Knibbs), O'Hare. UNUSED SUBS:  Onodi, Tait.

Story in brief

Aston Villa U23s lost out to Norwich City U23s – going down 2-1 at Colney Training Centre.

Coming in off the back of a thumping 5-1 victory over Manchester United U23s five days earlier, the Young Lions struggled to replicate the same form.

Goals either side of half-time from Isak Thorvaldsson and Anthony Spyrou did the damage.

Kelsey Mooney came off the bench to grab his second goal of the week, but it proved a mere consolation.


Mooney announces comeback

Having returned to the club following a loan spell at Cheltenham Town in the first half of the season, Mooney fully announced himself when donning the claret and blue again this week.

The 19-year-old netted twice in his spell at the Robins, and followed up with two goals in five days off the bench for Villa U23s.

He scored against United to make sure of all three points on Monday night, before giving the Young Lions late hope in Norfolk this time around.


Returning faces

Callum O'Hare started for the first time in 2019, having come off the bench against United and played for the first team in the FA Cup last weekend.

Jake Doyle-Hayes and Dominic Revan, who have also enjoyed time with the first team also over the last few months, slotted back into the line-up, too.

Next up

We go to Bristol City next Friday night for our fourth group stage outing of this season's Premier League Cup.

The Young Lions have won all three of their ties so far, and can qualify for the knockout stages of the competition with a win at City – as well as take a big step towards winning group F.

Villa are the reigning Premier League Cup champions.

Dan Connor
By @danconnor 11th January 2019