Villa, beaten finalists in the 2003/4 competition and winners in 2002, included at least seven players with international experience at Youth level in their side. However, Wanderers were never overawed by the opposition and left back Gary Bunting went close to equalising in the 29th minute when he saw a low shot from 20 yards tipped wide by Olejenik.
At the other end Gabriel Agbonlahor forced a save from Stephen Flower just before the break but Villa seemed more than content to sit on their lead following the interval and Wanderers should have levelled when Faulkner was presented with his chance just after the hour mark. The chance prompted a spell of Wycombe pressure but frustrated time and time again by the Villa defence who supressed strikers Faulkner and Andy Savage with relative ease. But there was no disgrace in this defeat with Wanderers' own central defensive duo of Tom Cadmore and Kieron Gradwell doing an equally good job on shutting out the Villa strikers.
Final Score Aston Villa 1 Wycombe 0
Speaking after the game to the press, Wanderers' Youth Team Manager Gary Smith said "I was proud of every one of them. It was a fantastic performance and if anything it is a little bit tinged with disappointment because we played so well on the night that we thought we might have been able to get something from it." Smith managed the Wimbledon Youth side that had lost to Villa in each of the previous three season's in the same competition and added "I'm excited by what I have seen. Villa have an academy budget of £1.8 million and ours is £125,000. Their goalkeeper was a Swiss international, their two centre forwards play for England U18 and they had a centre half they paid quite a bit of money for, yet we had the better of the second half. We had one great chance and three or four half chances. The lads gave everything and they should be proud of themselves."
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