Aston Villa 2-1 Liverpool: Hosts achieve FA Youth Cup glory for Dean Smith and John Terry at Villa Park after winning over Reds’ U18s with Ben Chrisene and Brad Young on target
- Aston Villa has won the FA Youth Cup after beating Liverpool at Villa Park
- Villa took an early lead when Ben Chrisene clung to a cut and shot in
- Just minutes later, Villa was awarded a penalty and Brad Young coolly scored
- Liverpool got one back to keep their dreams alive through Melkamu Frauendorf
Aston Villa won their fourth FA Youth Cup – and their first since 2002 – with an impressive performance in a 2-1 win against Liverpool at Villa Park.
Ben Chrisene and a Brad Young penalty in the first 11 minutes dealt the damage, but the score didn’t fully do their performance justice and, while Melkamu fended off Frauendorf’s volley from Seb Revan with 15 minutes to go, the hosts added some late pressure. handled.
Villa’s six side, watched by first-team head coach Dean Smith and backroom staffers John Terry and Craig Shakespeare, started against Liverpool’s first-team in January’s FA Cup defeat after a Covid-19 breakout sidelined the seniors put.
Aston Villa has won the FA Youth Cup after reaching beyond Liverpool’s stars at Villa Park
Ben Chrisene scored the opener for Villa after pinning himself on a pullback and then shooting home
That experience was evident during the early stages when a team that had scored 26 goals in a five tie ran rings around the opposition who had conceded only three times – and never more than twice – on their way to the final.
There was an element of panic about Liverpool’s first 25 minutes and it wasn’t a great spell for center-back Billy Koumetio, the only Reds player with experience in the first team, who played 45 minutes in December against Midtjylland in the Champions League dead rubber.
He casually got a corner kick that allowed Villa to keep the ball in the final third and Arjan Raikhy’s cut was clinically sent by Chrisene.
Brad Young was struck down in the box for a Villa penalty and knocked himself off and then shot in
James Balagizi was smart for the Reds, who ended up frustrated in the Midlands
Filip Marschall tried to make a cross into the penalty area while Liverpool went on for a goal
Koumetio was then caught on the wrong side of Young, who ran away from the goal after being accidentally cut by the recovering defender. The livewire attacker picked himself up to score the eleventh minute penalty.
Both goalscorers then hit the same post in separate attacks as they threatened to overwhelm their opponents, with languid Carney Chukwuemeka pulling the strings in midfield.
Liverpool’s top three chances fell to playmaker Mateusz Musialowski, but they all missed the mark.
Just two goals behind was a success for Liverpool, but substitute Frauendorf’s deflected shot came too late to change the outcome.
Melamu Frauendorf (right) withdrew a goal for Liverpool when a deflected volley found the net
Villa’s assistant head coach John Terry was at the ground to watch the Young Lions’ triumph