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Chelsea U18 1-1 Villa U18: McKirdy strikes for 10-man Villa

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Chelsea U18 1-1 Villa U18: McKirdy strikes for 10-man Villa


Ten-man Villa battled to a 1-1 draw against Chelsea at Cobham.

Harry McKirdy fired the claret and blues into the lead midway through the first half.

But Tony McAndrew's team were dealt a huge blow on the half-hour mark when goalkeeper Dylan Forth was shown the red card.

The home side staged a fightback in the second period and eventually equalised through Reece Mitchell.

Jerell Sellars and Khalid Abdo were both denied by Chelsea keeper Brad Collins in the early stages.

But Villa defender Kevin Toner had to be alert to clear an effort off the line.

McKirdy was well placed to put Villa ahead from close range when a corner was headed into his path.

Then came the game's big talking point when Jon Muleba slipped in Dominic Solanke with a through ball.

Keeper Forth dashed out of his box and couldn't stop himself colliding with the striker.

The referee gave Forth his marching orders and Villa were forced to bring on replacement keeper Charlie Bannister.

Villa defended resolutely after the break, although Solanke struck the crossbar with a powerful effort.

Chelsea's pressure finally paid off though when Mitchell rounded off a slick move with a shot high into the net from the edge of the box.

VILLA: Forth, Zazrivec, Wildin, Cowans, Lyons-Foster, Toner, R Strain, McKirdy, Sellars, Abdo, Calder.

AVFC Official
By @AVFCOfficial 25th November 2013
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