Date: 8th March 2008 at 11:17am
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The Villa youth managed a credible draw against Chelsea in the first leg of the semi-final of the FA Youth Cup.

Nathan Delfouneso put Villa ahead only for Chelsea to come back with just three minutes left on the clock.

Youth manager Tony McAndrew told the official site:

‘I was proud of the lads and we certainly deserved at least a draw.’ Admitting he felt the draw was a fair result.

‘We know we can play, but we’ve still got to do the nitty gritty and I think that’s what we did in the second-half. We put them under a lot of pressure right from the first whistle.’

The second leg will be played at Villa Park and McAndrew said: ‘Hopefully the fans will turn out in numbers for that game.’

Chelsea: Taylor, Twumasi, Bruma, Aanholt, Gordon, Woods, Nouble, Rodriguez, Nielsen, Kakuta, StocSubs: Mellis, Walker, Taiwo, Phillip, Borni.

Villa: Parish, Simmonds, Baker, Roome, Clark, Hofbauer, Albrighton, Bannan, Collins, Delfouneso, Forrester. Subs: Clancy (replaced Simmonds 12), Dau, Bradley (replaced Baker ht), Poyser, Grocott (replaced Forrester 90).

Images of the game are available on the official site: Click Here

The second leg is on March 19th and entry, I believe, is free so I’m sure we can get a good few thousand down to Villa Park to see them book their place in the final (for the first time in seven years) against either Sunderland or Manchester City.


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