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Hero Hardie inspires Aston Villa to opening day success

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Hardie 33' 35' 59' 81'


Glassford 67'
  • Sunday, 20 August 2017
  • Tannochside Primary School
  • Under 17´s
  • LDFA U17S

Four goals from Ben Hardie inspired Aston Villa to a comfortable opening day win against East Kilbride YM.

It was a cagey affair in the first half an hour with East Kilbride being more dominant in possession, however overall Aston villa where just too strong for the opposition on the day.

Chances came few and far between and it wasn’t until the just after the half hour mark minute when Aston Villa were presented with a real chance.

A good ball from Daniel McAlinden fell to the feet of Ben Hardie who had his shot destined for the bottom right hand corner saved by East Kilbride goalkeeper Aidan Smith.

This was the beginning of a manic four minutes as just two minutes later Nico Maclachlan puts a neat pass through to Hardie who lobbed the keeper to put Aston villa into the lead.

Just two minutes after that on 35 minutes Stephen Mcdowell and Hardie combined as Mcdowell won the ball off EK defender Steven Addison near the by-line putting it back to Hardie who put it into an empty net to make it 2-0 villa before the break.

  • Half Time:
  • Aston Villa
  • 2-0
  • EKYM

East Kilbride came out looking determined to get something from the game looking keen to win the ball and go forward at the first opportunity with Keigan Taylor and Jack Woods having efforts go narrowly wide just before the hour mark.

However, bang on the hour mark, against the run of the play Aston Villa looked to have killed the game off as Maclachlan again makes to the by-line and puts it across to Hardie to complete his hat trick despite protests of offside from EK players.

There was hope however for East Kilbride as Jordan Glassford found himself in Acres of space in the box to put away a neat finish to make it 3-1. It was all over with nine minutes however with a bit of Hardie magic.

Hardie danced by two players before hammering home a 30 yard strike right into the far right corner of Smiths goal to make it 4-1 and seal 3 points for Villa on the opening day of the LDFA season.


  • Full Time:
  • Aston Villa
  • 4-1
  • EKYM


Aston Villa
1. Dylan Leggate
2. Sean Stewart
3. Lewis May
4. Stephen McDowell
5. Ross Campbell
6. Jude McCearney
7. Robert McCallum
8. Ryan Myles
9. Ebrima Bah
10. Shaun Setumbwe
11. Daniel McAlinden
12. Nico Maclachlan
15. Ben Hardie
16. Jack Wynn
17. Aidan Jenkins
1. Aidan Smith
2. Ryan McInch
3. Greg McCauley
4. Steven Addison
5. Jack MacBain
6. Liam McMinimee
7. Jordan Glassford
8. Adam Dobbie
9. Rikki Rothe
10. Joshua Smithe
11. Ryan Boyle
12. Craig Mcmillan
14. Jake Cornish
15. Ryan Carlin
17. Jack Woods
18. Keigan Taylor
Star Player
Aston Villa
Ben Hardie was the key man for Villa scoring all 4 goals displaying especially his 4th goal which was a contender for goal of the season
Ryan Carlin played well for Ekym breaking up play and making key forward runs to try and spark and Ekym fightback
Magic Moment
Aston Villa
Ben Hardies spectacular 30 yard wonder goal was as good as any as you'll see all season and was the pick of the 4 goals he scored for Villa
Jordan Glassfords neat finish at the front post 23 minutes from time was as good as it got for Ekym.
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