ASTON VILLA 1 Birch 90
Brighton & Hove Albion under-18s recorded their biggest victory of the season to date after beating Aston Villa 4-1 on Saturday.
- Archie Davies gave Albion the lead before the just before break
- Three second-half goals for the Seagulls secured an emphatic victory
- Villa scored a late consolation goal through Mason Birch
- The under-18s next face Derby County in the FA Youth Cup on Wednesday
Goals from Archie Davies, Aaron Connolly, Luis Garcia and Alex Cochrane ended Villa’s four-match unbeaten run.
Albion made a very positive start to the match which saw the Villa defence on the back foot in the opening stages.
On the quarter-hour mark, Jayson Molumby had his shot deflected and parried away by Villa keeper Emmanuel Idem, after an encouraging attacking run from David Ajiboye.
The Seagulls took the lead from a corner, as Danny Mandroiu’s cross was met at the far post by Davies in the 39th minute.
Albion came very close to making it 2-0 moments before the break, when Mandroiu saw his long-range free-kick hit the inside of the post.
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Ian Buckman’s side continued to dominate proceedings in the second-half and did double their advantage four minutes after the restart.
Goalscorer Davies had his cross headed home at the near post by Connolly to give Albion a two-goal cushion.
Just as the Villans tried to get back into the match, Seagulls substitute Dan Cashman played a through ball to Garcia, who then dispatched a powerful strike into the back of the net in the 71st minute.
Villa pulled a goal back in added time through Mason Birch after Albion failed to clear, but just a few minutes later the Seagulls got their fourth.
Davies picked out Cochrane perfectly, and the latter got beyond Villa’s last man to score with a fine finish in a one-on-one situation with the keeper.
McGill; Davies, Moore, Barker, O’Sullivan; Molumby, Mandroiu, Garcia; Ajiboye (Ljubicic 77), Connolly (Cashman 65), Hutchinson (Cochrane 77).
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