Almanac EPL – Aston Villa v Liverpool: End-to-end entertainment.


Ollie Wade is an enthusiastic and very capable Year 11 student who, after an impressive junior football career, is playing for Barossa United’s men’s team. Ollie is also an emerging young sports writer who penned a match report for each of his Under 15 games last season. They were published in the local Barossa newspaper, The Leader. Given his love for the English Premier League, and European football too, he’s been tapping out some pieces which he has published on his blog Kickoff Chronicles. We’ll also publish some of them here. These are his thoughts on the Villa-Reds game.


Aston Villa v Liverpool

The final game of the match week was staged at Villa Park on Monday night with Aston Villa hosting Liverpool. The Reds found a shocking opener on the one-minute mark when Villa goalie, Emiliano Martinez scored possibly one of the most embarrassing own goals in Premier League history. The cross from the right wing by Harvey Elliot looked like an easy claim for the keeper but he fumbled and it rolled towards goal. He then outstretched his arm to stop it but accidentally punched it into his own net, gifting Liverpool an early advantage. The Villains hit back inside 10 minutes after a brilliant run down the left wing from Ollie Watkins. The Englishman cut it back to Youri Tielemans who was placed just outside the Liverpool area. The Belgian struck it well and watched it glide into the bottom left corner. This game was only just starting as Liverpool found the lead again 10 minutes later. Luis Diaz poked it to Joe Gomez who had made a run inside the left of the Villa area. He hit it first time, playing it across the 6 yard box where Martinez failed to get a strong hand to it and Coady Gakpo scored a simple tap in. The half finished 1-2 but this enthralling game still had 45 minutes to go.

Second Half

The travelling side doubled their advantage straight from the get-go when Jarell Quansah scored his first ever Premier League goal. Elliot’s free kick floated all the way over to the back post where Quansah jumped high to head the ball into the top left corner. In the next 20 minutes, both sides had goals disallowed for offside, Watkins and Mohamed Salah respectively. Second half sub Jhon Duran then gave his side a lifeline when he scored to make it 2-3. Alexis MacAllister gave the ball away just outside the Liverpool area where Calum Chambers laid it off to Duran. The Colombian set himself up and drilled the ball into the near corner, with still 5 minutes to play plus added time. The super sub, Duran then equalised the game in the 88th minute. Moussa Diaby made a powerful run at the Liverpool defence and played a strong pass to the striker. It hit his thigh as he was running and nestled into the bottom right corner, making it 3-3. Villa could have won it 3 minutes later when Diaby saw his rocket of a shot saved by Liverpool keeper Alisson. The dramatic end-to-end game finished 3-3. Liverpool have been out of the title race for a while now and stay third. Villa miss out on a chance to establish themselves as a Champions League team for 2024/25, but know if Tottenham don’t beat Manchester City tomorrow, it will be confirmed.


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  1. G’day Ollie.

    As an Arsenal fan, I am very disappointed that Spurs could not hang on for a draw in the second half this morning. Ah, well.

    It’s great to see some EPL content on the Almanac.


  2. Hey Smokie,

    I think most Gooners out there are gutted Spurs couldn’t claim a result against City. It will all make for an exciting final day though.


  3. Matt Zurbo says

    Great write-up! Top stuff mate.

  4. Cheers Matt

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