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Saturday, 18 May, 2002, 13:19 GMT 14:19 UK
Villa lift FA Youth Cup
Aston Villa celebrate their FA Youth Cup Final win
Aston Villa 0-1 Everton (Villa win 4-2 on aggregate)

Aston Villa deservedly won the FA Youth Cup for the first time in 22 years - despite losing the second leg to Everton at Villa Park.

Scott Brown's late goal gave Tony McAndrew's side an anxious last 15 minutes, but a comprehensive 4-1 win in the first leg at Goodison Park set up the victory.


We were great at Goodison Park and I think overall we deserved it
Tony McAndrew
Aston Villa coach
Villa's first priority was to defend their healthy lead, but Everton's rising young star Wayne Rooney did his best to lead a dramatic recovery.

Rooney - star of England's under-17 side and voted man-of-the-match - was only denied by the woodwork and two brilliant saves from Villa goalkeeper Wayne Henderson.

Villa showed they have an outstanding collection of youngsters, even though they were unable to repeat the polished performance at Goodison Park.

Coach McAndrew said: "These lads have been fantastic and we are so proud of them. There was a danger of us coming unstuck because Everton were magnificent and possibly deserved to win by more than 1-0.


They deserved their win over the two legs, but I thought our players gave the supporters something to shout about
Colin Harvey
Everton coach
"We were great at Goodison Park and I think overall we deserved it. This is the icing on the cake, but our real job is to get players in the Villa first team and hopefully a few will push on now."

Everton coach Colin Harvey admitted: "We left ourselves too much to do from the first leg, but all credit to Aston Villa for their win.

"They fully deserved their win over the two legs, but I thought our players gave the supporters who travelled down something to shout about.

"Their goalkeeper Wayne Henderson made three or four great saves from Wayne Rooney and Wayne also hit the bar, so it wasn't to be for us."

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