Monday 27 August 2018, 1:00pm at Villa Park, Birmingham
Aston Villa
o.g. Davies 35'; Cox 69'
Fulham FC
Harris 63'

35' Own-goal

Aaron Davies
Assist by Jordan Lyden

69' Goal

Jordan Cox
Assist by Dom Revan

41' Yellow Card

Callum O'Hare Card was given for diving

86' Yellow Card

Jake Doyle-Harris Card was given for a foul

57' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Jordan Cox
Off:Jake Walker

68' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Colin Odutayo
Off:Harvey Knibbs

89' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Alex Prosser
Off:Kelsey Mooney

63' Goal

Jayden Harris
Assist by Cameron Thompson

71' Yellow Card

Jayden Harris Card was given for a foul

88' Yellow Card

Jon Thorsteinsson Card was given for a foul

61' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Cody Drameh
Off:Sonny Hilton

79' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Fabio Carvalho
Off:Matt O'Riley

85' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Timmy Abraham
Off:Moritz Jenz

Fulham's Under-23s were narrowly beaten by Aston Villa Under-23s despite creating a host of chances.

Report: Aston Villa U23s vs Fulham U23s

Monday 27 August 2018 15:00

Fulham’s Under-23s were beaten by Aston Villa Under 23s at Villa Park this afternoon, despite creating a host of chances.

An own goal from Aron Davies and Jordan Cox’s strike was enough to secure three points for Villa after Jayden Harris had levelled the game.

Fulham were nearly behind after three minutes when Jacob Bedeau’s ball over the top found Kelsey Mooney. Rob Atkinson did superbly well to get back and make a crucial block.

It took a few minutes for the Whites to grow into the game, but their first chance came after eight minutes. Jayden Harris picked up the ball on the edge of the box and tried to bend one into the far corner, his shot was parried by Sarkic in the Villa goal.

Some intricate build up play by Tyrese Francois and Harris set the midfielder free down the left. His cross was inches away from connecting with Thompson in the middle. Harris was then at it again a few moments later when he squared for Jon Dagur Thorsteinsson, but his shot was blocked behind for a corner.

The assault on the Villa goal continued when Francois picked up a loose ball from a corner and fired inches wide of the left-hand post.

It took Villa 21 minutes to create another legitimate opening. O’Hare took on Moritz Jenz but the German defender did enough to put him off balance and his shot flew over. Harvey Knibbs then met a cross from the right but it was straight down the throat of Luca Ashby-Hammond.

Villa then took the lead on 35 minutes. Jordan Lyden broke down the right and his inviting cross was turned into his own net by Aron Davies. The goal coming against the run of play for the most part. O’Hare was booked for diving shortly after when O’Riley had slid in to block his shot inside the box.

After the break The Young Whites started brightly. A nicely worked move found Harris on the far side and his shot was smothered by Sarkic. The resulting corner was met by Atkinson, who couldn’t scramble it over the line. A few moments later, another dangerous O’Riley corner was turned wide from six yards by Jenz.

 A flurry of chances for Fulham followed as Thorsteinsson seized on a sloppy lay-off in the area, under pressure he could only slice over from ten yards out.

The Whites were rewarded just after the hour mark when Thompson robbed Sarkic and squared for Harris to tap home. The lead lasted just seven minutes, Revan’s teasing cross from the left was met by substitute Cox who squeezed in at the far corner.

Thompson looked lively leading the line, he was involved again 15 minutes from time. A teasing cross from Jaydn Mundle-Smith just evaded him, denying him a certain goal with any connection.

Fulham had a few opportunities to level late on, but wasted good positions as more chances to capitalise were spurned. Lyden and Thorsteinsson then got involved in an off the ball incident, which came to nothing and was quickly diffused by the referee in the dying embers. 

The search for the first win of the season continues next week at home to Southampton. 

Match Information

Competition: PL2, Division 2

Date: Monday 27 August 2018
Kick-off: 1:00pm

Venue: Villa Park, Birmingham

Aston Villa

Line-up: Sazlic ; Walker (Cox 57'), Bazeley-Graham, Bedeau, Revan; O'Hare, Lyden, Doyle-Harris, Knibbs (Odutayo 68'); Clarke, Mooney (Prosser 89')

Unused substitutes: Lomax, Rowe


Line-up: Ashby-Hammond; Jenz (Abraham 85'), Davies, Atkinson, Mundle-Smith; O'Riley (Carvalho 79'), Francois; Hilton (Drameh 61'), Harris, Thorsteinsson; Thompson

Unused substitutes: Stahl, Opoku

Aston Villa (4-4-2)
  • 1Matise Sazlic
  • 2Jake Walker
  • 5Isiah Bazeley-Graham
  • 6Jacob Bedeau
  • 3Dom Revan
  • 7Callum O'Hare
  • 4Jordan Lyden
  • 8Jake Doyle-Harris
  • 11Harvey Knibbs
  • 10Jack Clarke
  • 9Kelsey Mooney
  • 12Jordan Cox
  • 13Sam Lomax
  • 14Alex Prosser
  • 15Callum Rowe
  • 16Colin Odutayo
Fulham (4-2-3-1)
  • 1Luca Ashby-Hammond
  • 2Moritz Jenz
  • 5Aaron Davies
  • 6Rob Atkinson
  • 3Jaydn Mundle-Smith
  • 8Matt O'Riley
  • 4Tyrese Francois
  • 7Sonny Hilton
  • 10Jayden Harris
  • 11Jon Thorsteinsson
  • 9Cameron Thompson
  • 12Toni Stahl
  • 14Jerome Opoku
  • 15Timmy Abraham
  • 16Fabio Carvalho
  • 17Cody Drameh