Vital Football

Latest Manchester City News

Elite Development Squad Beat Villa 2-0

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!!

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Tranmere Loyal
Date:Wednesday September 1 2010
Time: 7:24AM


do we have any promising players which stand out above the rest?
Buzz Lightyear
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
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.
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?
01/09/2010 08:48:00
buying the Villa's best players
01/09/2010 08:50:00
Buzz asked about promising players, not established internationals.
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™
01/09/2010 09:14:00
Delighted to see McDermott starting... he's a personal friend :) God I love name dropping!
Vanilla Ice
01/09/2010 11:04:00
Great report!
Johnny Baguette
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!!!!!
01/09/2010 11:54:00
Page 1/2
  1. 1
  2. 2

Login to post a comment

Best of Vital Network

Recent Manchester City Articles

Who Is The Premier League's Penalty Save King?

Another boring international break has hit this March, so if you've ever wondered who has saved the most penalties in Premier League history - wonder no more!

Interactive Map: Find Out Where Premier League Fans Reside

Around 1.2 billion worldwide football fans follow the 20 English Premier League clubs, however, have you ever thought where we, the supporters come from?

Anfield Allocation: Liverpool v Manchester City

Manchester City FC has received 2,819 tickets for the massively anticipated Champions League quarter-final first leg tie between Liverpool and Manchester City.

Video: Sergio Aguero Struts His Stuff

Sergio Aguero is filmed training in the gym, but that doesn't stop him showing off a dance move or two.

Manchester City Archived Articles

VMC articles from

Site Journalists

Editor email
Johnny Baguette
no email
no email
no email

Current Poll (see more polls)

Given one wish, who would you like City to sign in the summer?
Suggested By: Tudor
Lionel Messi21%
Cristiano Ronaldo0%
Luis Suarez0%
Manuel Neuer0%
Gareth Bale14%
Andres Iniesta4%
None of the above61%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites
The Vital Football Members League
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Vital Football Comment

Recent Manchester City Results (view all)

Manchester City Fixtures

Vital Members League Table

1.Johnny Baguette363
3.Buzz Lightyear203
5.Colin Is The King163
Write for Vital Football