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Academy news: Youngsters set for Italia B challenge

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Academy news: Youngsters set for Italia B challenge

There's another exciting European test for our youngsters, who face a Serie B XI in a behind-closed-doors fixture next week.

The Italians will bring a selection of the top-performing U21 players in the league for the exhibition match, which takes place next Tuesday at Bodymoor Heath, with a 1pm kick-off.

It follows on from our November visit to Belgium where a mix of U18 and U21 players beat a young Genk outfit 6-1.

The likes of Lewis Kinsella [pictured], Easah Suliman and Corey Taylor all featured.

That day, they raced into a 3-0 first-half lead with fine goals from Rushian Hepburn-Murphy and Jerell Sellars and a tap-in finish from Harry McKirdy.

Genk pulled a goal back early in the second half with a stunning strike from Henry Odutayo but the Villa defence stayed strong during a period of sustained pressure from the hosts.

As the home team began to tire, Villa capitalised with Hepburn-Murphy and Sellars adding to the scoring before substitute Jack Clarke headed in number six.

The idea of these matches is to replicate a real European game experience for the young guns and this time the club's training complex plays host.

A young side played Kidderminster Harriers in a warm-up match on Friday afternoon.

A second half brace from Jerell Sellars cancelled out Ben Whitfield's opener to earn victory for the claret and blues.

Coaches Stuart Taylor and Sean Verity will lead the team and we'll have further details regarding the matchday squad on Monday.

By @AVFCOfficial 16th January 2016
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