Villa Res 1 - Blues Res 0

Last updated : 30 August 2004 By Brian Cartlidge

A Jeff Kenna own goal on 21 minutes deciding this Barclaycard Premier League [north] fixture at Villa Park.

Jeff Kenna
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In a first half of few chances Blues striker Clinton Morrison headed just wide on 11 minutes before Villa took the lead.

On 21 minutes a swirling cross from Stefan Moore was headed over advancing keeper Andrew Bagnall and into his own net by former first-team skipper Jeff Kenna.

Blues had chances to pull back the deficit when first Stern John had a decent effort saved low down by Postma on the half hour mark and then right on the stroke of half time when the same player saw a superb volley saved by the Villa keeper.

Five minutes into the second period and Motteram shot just wide before Figueroa spurned a good chance when shooting straight at the Villa keeper when well placed.

The Argentinian was substituted 10 minutes from the end and moments after Stern John missed a great chance to draw Blues level but the Trinidad & Tobago striker blazed over the bar from six yards out after good work by Bryan Hughes had found him unmarked in the Villa box.

Blues pressed hard for an equaliser and on 89 minutes Darren Carter saw a shot go over the bar with the Villa defenders appealing for an offside flag that didn't appear.

So Blues came away from Aston with nothing when they deserved a point at least from chances created. Villa Reserves meanwhile maintained their unbeaten record that now stretches to nine games and keeps them top of the Reserves table.

Villa: Postma, Amoo, Jackman, Edwards, Ridgewell, Kinsella, Cooke, Hadji, S.Moore, L.Moore, Hitzlsperger. Subs: Bewers, Henderson, Paul, Hynes, Aaritalo.

Blues: Bagnall, Vaughan (Sheppard 73), Sadler, Hughes, Kenna, Carter, Morrison, Kirovski, Figueroa (Painter 80), John, Motteram. Subs not used: Legzdins, Birley, Till.