Match: Bristol City U23s v Aston Villa U23s
Date: Friday 18th January 2019
Competition: Premier League Cup
Venue: Stoke Gifford Stadium
Mooney, Doyle-Hayes, O'Hare
Lomax, Bazeley-Graham, Rowe, Patterson, Bedeau, Prosser, Doyle-Hayes, Blackett-Taylor, Knibbs, O'Hare, Mooney. SUBS: Sinisalo (GK), Revan, Tait, Guy, Cox.
Story in brief
Aston Villa U23s progressed to the knockout stages of the Premier League Cup after a comfortable 2-0 win at Bristol City U23s.
The Young Lions made if four group stage wins from a possible four to secure their place in the last 16 of the competition they won in 2017/18.
Kelsey Mooney stroked home on 26 minutes to set Villa on their way, and Jake Doyle-Hayes arrowed a free-kick into the top-left corner in the second half to make sure of the result.
Callum O'Hare then grabbed our third in second-half stoppage time.
Another clean sheet also means the claret and blues are yet to concede in the Cup this term – netting 13 times without reply.
Three in a row for Mooney
It's now three goals in a row for striker Kelsey Mooney since his January return from a loan spell at Cheltenham Town.
Mooney scored in the 5-1 rout of Manchester United last Monday, and also grabbed the consolation goal in the 2-1 defeat at Norwich City a week ago.
And in his first start since his comeback, the forward was at it again – beating the goalkeeper one-on-one after getting in behind the Robins' defence.
Eyes on the prize
The Young Lions will face Derby County U23s for the chance to seal top spot in Group F next month, before finishing off the first stage at Plymouth Argyle U23s.
But, most importantly, they've already booked their place in the last 16, as they seek to defend their Premier League Cup title come May.
We'll face Hendesford Town in the quarter-finals of the Birmingham Senior Cup this Tuesday.
Mark Delaney has fielded a combination of U23 and U18 stars in the competition so far, where we've seen off Coleshill Town and Stratford Town.
Then, it's a return to Premier League 2 action in a few weeks time, as we head to Fulham on Friday 1st February.