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Villa U18 3-0 Stoke U18: Trio on target against Potters

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Villa U18 3-0 Stoke U18: Trio on target against Potters

Villa's young guns earned a superb 3-0 victory over Stoke City in the Barclays U18 Premier League.

The boys in claret and blue condemned Stoke to their third straight defeat thanks to first-half goals from Riccardo Calder, Thomas Strain and Jack Grealish.

The home side were the more aggressive from the off and took the lead after just seven minutes.

Potters keeper Dale Eve saved from Calder but Australian forward Strain pounced on the rebound from a yard out.

Calder added the second when he met Jordan Lyden's right wing cross and stabbed his effort past the keeper.

Just after the half hour mark, Grealish skipped passed a defender before being tripped.

The 17-year-old winger stepped up confidently to dispatch the resulting penalty, giving Villa a 3-0 lead.

Robin Dempsey forced Eve into another save with a fine header, while Calder shot just over with another attempt.

VILLA: Hill, Lyden, Lewis, Melvin, Dempsey, Bateman, Calder, Crowley, Strain, Ward, Grealish. Subs: Toner, Barrett, Cowans, O'Brien [for Calder, 69], Crooks [for Grealish, 80].

AVFC Official
By @AVFCOfficial 27th October 2012
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