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Convincing Win In Round 3 Of The Youth FA Cup

Villa stormed to a 4-0 win over 3rd Round opponents Rochdale tonight, with Gary Gardner again seriously impressing.

It wasn't a close game by any stretch of the imagination in reality, but that's not to do a disservice to Rochdale, we do just have a fantastic group of lads coming through the Academy again.

Benjamin Siegrist was making his first appearance following his U17 World Cup exploits with Switzerland, and Gary Gardner was back in the squad after seemingly appearing for everyone, at every level, other than our first team of late.

It didn't take long before Villa took the lead, Lampkin put in the cross and Gardner controlled and stuck the shot away on 19 minutes.

Rochdale came back into the game for a while after that, and Siegrist was called into action a number of times, including a fantastic double save 5 minutes after our goal.

This didn't seem to faze our boys much a few short minutes later Gardner picked the ball up 25 yards from the goal and curled a fantastic shot into the net.

2-0 at halftime and Rochdale had no chance.

The second half took a while to warm up with no real chances of note for either side until Ryan Simmonds went on a little solo run from our half and capped it nicely by scoring on 56 minutes.

The match was well and truly over on 69 minutes when Durrell Berry (who had earlier replaced Simminds following a knock) whipped in the ball for Gardner to take the match ball and his hattrick.

Both sides had other chances, and Gardner could've well made his total 4 for tonight but who can quibble at a 4-0 victory?

VILLA: Siegrist, Grocott, Deeney, Devine, Williams, Gardner, Lampkin (Roberts), Blythe, Poyser, Simmonds (Berry), Carruthers (Halfhuid). Subs: Barratt (Gk), Stieber.

ROCHDALE: Taberner, Brizell, Buckley, Benjamin (Bell), Roche, Brown, Hogan, Byrne, Gray (Bentham), Sheriff, Andre (Murray). Subs: Andrews (Gk), Dale.

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Writer: Mike Field Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday December 9 2009

Time: 9:09PM

Your Comments

exciting talent this young Gardner. Great to see the youth storming on again, we have one he'll of a youth set up...
The Fear
exciting talent this young Gardner. Great to see the youth storming on again, we have one he'll of a youth set up...
The Fear
so ryan simmonds scored in the 46th minute yet the 2nd half took a while to warm up!? id say it was hot pretty quick!
lurman
so ryan simmonds scored in the 46th minute yet the 2nd half took a while to warm up!? id say it was hot pretty quick!
lurman
Don't know what you mean Lurman, it clearly says 56 minutes - I can catgorically stat I nver make typos so it can't have been me lol
mike_field
Don't know what you mean Lurman, it clearly says 56 minutes - I can catgorically stat I nver make typos so it can't have been me lol
mike_field
Hattrick for Gardner? Fantastic. Can't wait untill MON feels the need to start giving some of these lads runs in the first team.
JayVFC
Hattrick for Gardner? Fantastic. Can't wait untill MON feels the need to start giving some of these lads runs in the first team.
JayVFC
 

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