Date: 28th September 2021 at 5:30pm
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Following the arrival of NSWE, one of the first moves they made was to open the chequebook to ensure that our Under 23 setup didn’t go under and they followed that with a series of steps and investments to improve our Academy process, the staff and ultimately the playing group.

These decisions have already reaped their own rewards.

Villa recaptured the FA Youth Cup last season, this year has seen us pick up our first victory in six attempts in the EFL Trophy competition and we’ve seen some of our Academy talents really come into their own this season and there are a number of youngsters that fans have really high hopes for now.

That naturally means fans have a greater interest in our Under 18 and Under 23 sides and for those Villans following Monday evening’s Premier League 2 clash with Stoke City, well, they were in for a treat.

Gaffer Mark Delaney selected a strong squad of youngsters for the tie, and they seriously impressed, taking a very comfortable 8-0 victory on the night.

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Aaron Ramsey forced an own goal five minutes into the affair and the first half was pretty even, until seven minutes before the break where Stoke collapsed.

Jaden Philogene-Bidace hit our second, and Caleb Chukwuemeka made it 3-0 just two minutes later. Not to be out done by his brother, Carney then got in on the act to make it 4-0 just ahead of stoppage time starting.

Four minutes into the second half, Carney had his second and four minutes after that Caleb completed his own brace.

JPB then made it seven just 120 seconds after and the players took a well earnt rest on a goalscoring front until we had five minutes remaining on the clock where JPB completed his hattrick to round the evening off.

Stoke City: Broome, Coates, Okagbue (Roney 23), Baker, Macari, Sparrow, Porter (C), Oakley-Boothe (Malone 58), Wright-Phillips, Campbell (Jarrett 71), James-Taylor.

Substitutes not used: Simkin, McCarthy.

Aston Villa: Sinisalo, Ealing, Bogarde, Feeney, Swinkels, A. Ramsey (C) (Thorndike 56), Iroegbunam, Carney Chukwuemeka (Lindley 81), Trialist (Goodridge 72), Caleb Chukwuemeka, Philogene-Bidace.

Substitutes not used: Marschall, Zito.

Unsurprisingly, fans were delighted following a performance of that magnitude and it does put us at the top of the Division 2 table.

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