Harry McKirdy and Rushian Hepburn-Murphy found the net as the visitors took the game to us in the first half at the Training Centre.
Substitute Shayon Harrison pulled a goal back just over 20 minutes from time, but it was ultimately a frustrating return to Barclays Under-18 Premier League action in a match that took place less than 48 hours after our FA Youth Cup victory over Wolves.
Indeed, only two players retained their places in the starting XI from that 2-0 Fourth Round triumph, with Under-18s Coach Kieran admitting it was a disappointing domestic outing for the lads.
“We had plenty of fresh players coming into the side looking to impress and although bits of the game were pleasing, overall it was a disappointing day,” he said.
“Villa managed to stop us playing the way we wanted to play and their two goals came from them pressing us when we were trying to build up our attacks.
“It was disappointing how we managed the game in the first half, playing against the wind against a fresh Aston Villa side.
“In the second half it was a different game. We pinned them into their half and in around their box but, having said that, we didn’t create enough clear-cut opportunities in the second half to get anything out of the game.”