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Elite Development Squad Beat Villa 2-0

Ewen Fields Stadium hosted last night's EDS match against Aston Villa, which City won 2-0.

Both Clubs fielded young teams mainly under 21 and the result was a hard fought encounter between two sides looking to win. This match had it all..quality wide play, robust tackling, goalmouth action, a series of fine saves by Villa's goalkeeper, yellow cards a red card and sadly two players carried off injured. And it was played out in front of a bumper crowd of 654 on Ewen Fields magnificent snooker table of a pitch.

It was end to end stuff from the off with both teams going close. Ahead of the half hour it looked as though the visitors had taken the lead but the Assistant's flag ruled a well taken goal offside. In the build-up Lichaj was involved in a collision which ended his night as he later headed to Tameside for additional treatment. Our best wishes are with this promising young player who has been on the fringes of the Villa first team in the early part of this season.

To add insult to the injury shortly afterwards,on the half hour Scott Kay worked the channels superbly for City setting up Alex Nimely who slotted in from just inside the box, but who too then collided with goalkeeper, Parrish, and was to take no further part. Ahmed Benali replaced him.

This was an excellent match and both teams could have scored as the second half progressed. Parrish made a string of fine saves for Villa. With City taking command a rather robust challenge by Nathan Baker saw the referee heading for his pocket and the second yellow meant that it was home time for Baker.

Within a minute Abdi Ibrahim drove in an excellent shot from just outside the box to make it 2-0 for City.

After that the floodgates should have opened and it was a case of 'Peter and the Dam' as Parrish denied City time and again with just about every part of his body. One of the best displays that I've seen from a young goalkeeper for some time.

City deserved to win, but Villa made a great match of it in front of their caretaker manager Kevin McDonald.

The next match at Hyde is on 14 September 2010 when Arsenal are the visitors. This promises to be an excellent encounter so get yourselves there!!

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Writer: Tranmere Loyal Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday September 1 2010

Time: 7:24AM

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do we have any promising players which stand out above the rest?
Buzz Lightyear
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01/09/2010 07:38:00

Buzz. The standards if anything have gone up. I've seen a lot of these players come through over the last couple of years and I enjoy watching Alex Nimely, Adbi Ibrahim, Reece Wabara & Jeremy Helan. Also the guys who have been out on loan have come back as better players - Donal McDermott & Javan Vidal especially
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01/09/2010 08:28:00

Buzz Lightyear asked, "do we have any promisong players ...?" If you follow form then, yes. The Villa goalkeeper for £18m.
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01/09/2010 08:28:00

Randy - WTF is that supposed to mean? Follow form? As in Mancini giving four Academy graduates their senior debut in his first six months at the club, is that the form you're talking about?
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01/09/2010 08:48:00

buying the Villa's best players
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01/09/2010 08:50:00

Buzz asked about promising players, not established internationals.
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01/09/2010 08:54:00

2 good youth teams although most our good youth players are now in the reserves/first team such as Delfouneso, Albrighton, Wiemann, Bannan, Clark so I'm not surprised we lost
Valiant Villan™
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01/09/2010 09:14:00

Delighted to see McDermott starting... he's a personal friend :) God I love name dropping!
Vanilla Ice
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01/09/2010 11:04:00

Great report!
Johnny Baguette
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01/09/2010 11:20:00

Our reserves from last year, bannan, weimann, delfouneso and clark are in first team, When we get a new manager they will be back in there and we will destroy the reserve league for the fourth year running, Be prepared!!!!!
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01/09/2010 11:54:00

Well theoretically we could also put out a stronger reserve team with the likes of Vieira, Santa Cruz, and any other fringe players. Plus four of our more advanced and talented youths - Ball (loaned out to Swindon), Boyata, Guidetti, and Cunningham - weren't playing, so no excuses lads. ;)
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01/09/2010 15:03:00

Stu no excuses here, Reserve winners 4 years running, We will make it 5.
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01/09/2010 17:20:00

excellent report Ped. Its great that we are still commited to cultivating the future of the the club, something many fans were worried about after the influx of stars. If the reserves and academy players continue to shine, they will get their opportunity.
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01/09/2010 18:59:00

EDS? Sounds like some firm from the eighties?
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01/09/2010 20:46:00

It also stands for "Earth Departure Stage", whish isaNasa speak for the bit of the rocket that fires first. Don't know why I mentioned that, but I just did so there! :)
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01/09/2010 23:31:00

A fountain of knowledge James!
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02/09/2010 03:22:00


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