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Aston Villa and Wishaw battle out exciting draw

Aston Villa BC 2

Jenkins 22, Hardie 51

Wishaw Wycombe Wanderers 2

Lynch 3, Esson 71
  • Sunday, 29 October 2017
  • St. Andrew's High School, Coatbridge
  • Under 17´s
Both teams began the match in need of a victory, as they sat mid-table. Wishaw had seven points from six matches played, and Aston Villa had managed just one win this season albeit from only three games.
Wishaw started the match the much better team and took an early lead through Adam Lynch after 3 minutes, which came from a great corner delivered by Adam McCrae.
Only minutes later, McCrae should then have made it two with a simple finish but his shot was inadvertently cleared off the line by his own player Mark Cairns following another corner.
The away side were the far better team throughout the opening 20 minutes, dominating possession and the game could easily have been out of sight for them. They would soon regret not taking their chances.
Aston Villa finished managed to create some pressure on the Wishaw defence, and with their first real opportunity of the game Aidan Jenkins grabbed an equaliser after 22 minutes with a good finish from a tight angle.
This really put Wishaw on the back foot and the home team grew into the game, creating chances and becoming the much better side.
They had a wonderful chance to take the lead after 35 minutes, when Sean Stewart went clean through on the left hand side of goal but put his shot wide with Ross Davie in goal scrambling across. The home team were cranking up the pressure on the away goal. 
Jenkins looked to add to his tally just before half time with an ambitious effort from 25 yards out that smashed against the cross bar with the Wishaw goalkeeper well beaten. This meant the match would be 1-1 at halftime. 
  • Half Time:
  • Aston Villa BC
  • 1-1
  • Wishaw Wycombe Wanderers

The second half began as the first half ended, with a another good chance for Aston Villa as a deflected cross from the left hand side hit the post after 48 minutes with Davie helpless. 

Ben Hardie gave the home team a deserved lead 50 minutes in, as some poor defending resulted in the ball falling to the striker only 10 yards out. His shot deceived the Wishaw keeper and and sneaked into the corner. 
Aston Villa continued to create chances in the second half and if it wasn't for some shoddy finishing, the game could have been out of sight as they were well on top as Wishaw struggled to get forward at all.
With 20 minutes remaining the home side began to sit back more and invite Wishaw on to them, and slowly the away team started to come back into the game. Adam Walker looked lively and he won a free kick which would lead to the equaliser.
Cole Esson made it 2-2 after 71 minutes with a wonderful free kick from 25 yards out that left the goalkeeper with no chance to set up an exciting finish. 
Both teams really went for a winner in the final 15 minutes, which resulted in an end to end finish with chances for both sides to win it. 
Aston Villa won several corners in the final minutes but just couldn't get their delivery right at the crucial stage.
Ross Hayhoe had Wishaw's best chance to win it but his strike went just over the bar from 20 yards out after some good work from him to beat his marker, and the match would ultimately end in an entertaining draw.
  • Full Time:
  • Aston Villa BC
  • 2-2
  • Wishaw Wycombe Wanderers


Aston Villa BC
Wishaw Wycombe Wanderers
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
14. Sam Farmer
15. Ben Hardie
17. Aiden Jenkins
1. Ross Davie
2. Mark Cairns
3. Adam McCrae
4. Lewis Houston
6. Cole Esson
9. Ross Hayhoe
10. Liam Sneddon
11. Bartek
12. Jacob Fisher
16. Adam Walker
17. Adam Lynch
Star Player
Aston Villa BC
Wishaw Wycombe Wanderers
The star player for Aston Villa was Aiden Jenkins who grabbed the equaliser and was extremely unlucky not to score a second after his wonderful effort from nearly 30 yards out cannoned off the bar.
Adam Lynch was the best player for the away side. He opened the scoring and was a constant threat on the right hand side for Wishaw, particularly in the first half.
Magic Moment
Aston Villa BC
Wishaw Wycombe Wanderers
The magic moment for the home side came from Ben Hardie, as he deservedly put his team ahead early in the first half with a good finish.
The magic moment for Wishaw was without doubt from Cole Esson. His fantastic strike from a free kick from 25 yards left the goalkeeper helpless and was reminiscent of a certain Kyle Lafferty free kick over the weekend, expect his was slightly better!
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