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Report: Wycombe vs Aston Villa U21s

Villa’s youngsters take victory from Adams Park with stellar second-half performance.

31 August 2021

A debut opening goal from Connor Parsons was not enough to keep a young Villa side at bay, as a first half equaliser from Cameron Archer, followed by two second half strikes from Jaden Philogene-Bidace sunk the Chairboys at Adams Park.

Manager Gareth Ainsworth made 10 changes to the side that fell to defeat at Sunderland at the weekend - only Curtis Thompson retained his place at the heart of midfield, with new signing Brandon Hanlan making his debut in attack and five development team players making the step up to the first team.

Just after ten minutes, Wycombe’s bright start was rewarded with the lead. Garath McCleary broke free on the right hand side and played a superb cut-back to debutant Connor Parsons, who kept his nerve to lash in at the back post.

David Wheeler nearly got himself on the scoresheet on the half hour mark with a fizzing strike which ricocheted off of the outside of the post and away.

Adam Przybek was the hero shortly after Wheeler’s effort- a loose back-pass being pounced on by Villa's Cameron Archer before the Chairboys’ ‘keeper made the initial tackle before recovering well to save Archer’s second effort.

Archer did however manage to beat Przybek just before half-time, breaking free of the home defence and firing across the ‘keeper to equalise.

Half-time: Wycombe 1-1 Aston Villa U21s

Villa could’ve easily taken the lead just after the break, but some excellent work from Przybek denied both Archer and Finley Thorndike in a matter of seconds to keep the scores level.

Just before the hour mark, Ainsworth made his first change: Youngster James Clark replacing David Wheeler.

Villa’s continued possession and pressure eventually led to their second goal- a smart finish from Jaden Philogene-Bidace to give the Young Villains the lead in the 67th minute.

In response, Ainsworth made his second change: Sullay Kaikai replacing Hanlan in attack and with just under ten minutes to play, the injured Andre Burley was forced off and Jordan Obita entered the fray.

McCleary should have had an equaliser, with a defensive error leaving the winger one-on-one with Oliwier Zych, but the ‘keeper stood firm to deny the Chairboy from converting his third of the season.

Clark could also have had a goal, his quick footwork outwitting two defenders, but his low drive was equalled by Zych.

With nearly every outfielder forwards for Wycombe, Villa managed to break clear and Philogene-Bidace grabbed his second and Villa’s third of the game deep into stoppage time.

Full-time: Wycombe 1-3 Aston Villa U21s

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