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Match Preview: Pompey v Aston Villa U21

All you need to know about Papa John’s Trophy contest

4 October 2022

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Pompey v Aston Villa U21

Pompey finally surrendered their unbeaten League One record with a narrow defeat at Ipswich on Saturday.

But they have an immediate opportunity to get back on track when Aston Villa’s youngsters visit Fratton Park in the Papa Johns Trophy this evening (7.45pm kick-off).

Both sides are searching for their first victory in this season’s competition, with the Blues taking a point from last month’s trip to Crawley.

The Villans, meanwhile, were beaten 2-1 at AFC Wimbledon, who currently lead Southern Group B after winning their opening two matches.

They eased through to the knockout stages last year with a 100 per cent record, only to then lose to Charlton.

Tony Carss’ side also compete in the second tier of Premier League 2 and currently sit in seventh position after five games.

Pompey have not played a first team match against Villa since their final season in the top-flight in 2009/10.

The midlands outfit won all three meetings – including a League Cup clash – that term and you have to go back to March 2008 to find the last Blues triumph.

Jermain Defoe and a Nigel Reo-Coker own-goal secured the points at Fratton Park, with each team ending the day with just 10 men.

In the event of a draw after 90 minutes, both sides will collect a point. A penalty shoot-out will then be held, with the winners earning a bonus point.

Danny Cowley has revealed that he will make plenty of changes, while there are likely to be some academy players named in the squad.

Tom Lowery (hamstring), Joe Rafferty (stomach) and Louis Thompson (leg) are all out, while the game comes to soon for Jayden Reid, who has returned to training following a hamstring injury.

There are also doubts about Jay Mingi because of the shin problem that stopped him coming off the bench at Ipswich on Saturday.

Aston Villa will use their under-21 team for the fixture, although invited clubs can name some overage players.

Read the thoughts of Danny Cowley and Reeco Hackett ahead of the game.

Pompey: 24 wins
Aston Villa: 39 wins
22 draws

At Fratton Park
Pompey: 17 wins
Aston Villa: 13 wins
13 draws

*Games against Aston Villa’s first team

Pompey fans can secure tickets in the South Stand online here or by visiting the Anson Road ticket office.

They will also be available from the booth behind the Fratton End this evening.

A minute’s silence will be held before kick-off to remember those who died in the Indonesia stadium tragedy at the weekend, while players will also wear black armbands.

Please note that no programme has been produced for this fixture.

The Victory Bar will be open from 5pm and closes at kick-off. The fanzone will not be in operation this evening, but returns on Saturday.

Referee: Alan Young
Assistants: Mark Derrien and Ryan Whitaker
Fourth Official: Lewis Sandoe

Supporters at home and abroad can watch the contest live by purchasing an iFollow match pass and visiting the match centre.

Domestic iFollow subscribers can also enjoy audio commentary from Andrew Moon and Guy Whittingham as usual, but will need to purchase a match pass if they want to watch the game.

Click here for more information about using iFollow on a matchday and click here for information on downloading the app, so you can access content on your mobile device.

We will have updates throughout the game on Twitter and the match centre. You can also see behind-the-scenes content on our Instagram story.

There will be post-match reaction on the website and our official YouTube channel, with highlights to follow on Wednesday.

Local listeners can hear commentary by tuning in to either Express FM or BBC Radio Solent.

Games kick-off at 7pm unless stated

Bristol Rovers v Crystal Palace U21
Exeter v Southampton U21
Gillingham v Brighton U21
Harrogate v Everton U21
MK Dons v West Ham U21
Mansfield v Derby
Tranmere v Leeds U21
Barrow v Manchester United U21 (7.30pm)
Bradford v Leicester U21 (7.30pm)
Colchester v Charlton (7.45pm)
Oxford v Chelsea U21 (7.45pm)


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Match Reports

Pompey 5 Aston Villa U21 0

Blues ease to Papa Johns Trophy victory

4 October 2022

Michael Jacobs scores for Pompey against Aston Villa in the Papa Johns Trophy
Photo: Jason Brown/Pro Sports Images

Pompey recorded their first win in this season’s Papa Johns Trophy with a 5-0 rout of Aston Villa under-21s at Fratton Park.

There were just 67 seconds on the clock when Ronan Curtis opened the scoring and Michael Jacobs quickly added another.

Substitute Josh Koroma added a double following the interval and Reeco Hackett also got in on the act.

And the margin of victory could have been even greater, with the Blues completely dominating the Southern Group B contest.

Danny Cowley made 10 changes from the side that were narrowly beaten at Ipswich in the league at the weekend.

Sean Raggett – who wore the captain’s armband – was the only player to keep his place in the starting line-up.

He was joined in defence by Zak Swanson, Kieron Freeman and Denver Hume, protecting Josh Oluwayemi between the sticks.

Joe Pigott partnered Hackett up front, while the midfield included Curtis, Ryan Tunnicliffe, Jay Mingi and Jacobs.

Five academy players were named among the substitutes, joining Joe Morrell and Koroma on the bench.

There was a minute’s silence before kick-off to remember all those who died in the Indonesian stadium tragedy at the weekend.

Pompey came tearing out of the blocks when the action started, roaring into a two-goal lead before most fans had the chance to settle into their seats.

They showcased some neat passing football and Filip Marschall could only parry Pigott’s shot into the path of CURTIS, who was left with a simple finish.

And the advantage was soon doubled after Hume had stolen possession from Taylor-Jay Hart wide on the left.

He found JACOBS, who worked the ball onto his right foot before drilling it into the bottom corner of the net.

It might have got even better on 14 minutes, with Pigott collecting a pass from Jacobs and drawing a smart stop from Marschall.

Most of the action had taken place in the Villa half, although the visitors did have a chance of their own and Oluwayemi had to beat away Kyrie Pierre’s fierce attempt.

But the Blues were well on top and when Curtis met Hume’s cross with a fine header, it took a superb Marschall save to deny the Republic of Ireland international.

He was producing a bright performance wide on the right and a delightful ball over the top was just about reached by Marschall before Swanson could capitalise.

Pompey were forced into a change on 34 minutes, however, as Pigott limped off to be replaced by Koroma.

The newcomer immediately proved to be a lively presence and the visitors were just about able to protect Marschall for the remainder of the half.

Half Time: Pompey 2 Aston Villa U21 0

Cowley made a switch at the start of the second half, with Morrell replacing Raggett and Mingi dropping back into defence.

And Pompey immediately set about trying to extend their lead, as Jacobs fired against the post after turning the Villa defence inside out.

Hackett then prodded a shot narrowly past the post before a third goal finally did arrive on 53 minutes.

Jacobs crossed with the outside of his boot and Marschall could only parry the ball into the path of Tunnicliffe, who laid it off for KOROMA to lash into the roof of the net.

And KOROMA soon had another, sneaking a shot inside the near post after combining well with Tunnicliffe inside the area.

With Pompey in complete control, academy midfielder Adam Payce was given a chance to impress, replacing the excellent Jacobs.

The crowd soon had the opportunity to celebrate another goal, as HACKETT surged forward and drilled a 25-yard effort into the bottom corner.

That did not sate the hosts’ hunger for more, though, and Hume fired narrowly over after Curtis had been denied by Marschall.

Koroma wanted a hat-trick and he came close to getting one on 81 minutes, angling a low shot inches past the post.

The feelgood feeling improved further seconds later, with Cowley bringing on teenage duo Harvey Laidlaw and Brian Quarm for their senior debuts.

And the attacking intent did not stop for Pompey, as Marschall denied Hackett late on before the final whistle finally brought Villa some respite.

Pompey (4-4-2): Oluwayemi; Swanson, Raggett (c) (Morrell 46), Freeman, Hume (Laidlaw 82); Curtis, Tunnicliffe, Mingi (Quarm 82), Jacobs (Payce 68); Hackett, Pigott (Koroma 34)
Goals: Curtis 2, Jacobs 7, Koroma 53, 63, Hackett 69
Subs not used: Osei-Owusu, Murray

Aston Villa U21 (4-2-3-1): Marschall (c); Rowe, Smith, Bogarde (Revan 46), Ealing (Barber 67); Hart, Raikhy (Wilson 67); Pierre, O’Reilly, Rowe (Afoka 75); Shakpoke (Frith 46)
Booked: O’Reilly, Frith, Smith
Subs not used: Wright, Moore

Referee: Alan Young

Attendance: 2,805 (232 away fans)

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