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A report from Villa’s victory in Hong Kong

From the Hong Kong standard

Seems Harry Forrester has done very well in the last few weeks and this tournament and after spending £1m as a 16 year old from Watford he seems to have lost it, at 18 it is looking very positive for him.

Aston Villa won the HKFC IP Global International Soccer Sevens for a record fifth time with a thrilling 3-2 victory over Glasgow Rangers in front of a near-capacity crowd at the Hong Kong Football Club.

Striker Nathan Delfouneso put Villa ahead after just three minutes and midfielder Marc Albrighton added a brace to stun Rangers who had entered the final without conceding a goal.

Rangers captain Andrew Shinnie pulled one back from the spot on the stroke of half-time and added a stunning second soon after the break, bringing his tally to a tournament-high eight, to set up a dramatic finale.

“We knew they were very strong in midfield, but we felt we could get at them down the wings,” Villa academy manager Bryan Jones said.

“Marc and Nathan have also been to the Soccer Sevens before and that counts because seven-a-side is completely different. You can play in the Premiership and still struggle in this form of football.”

A brace from Albrighton and a goal from Delfouneso gave Villa a 3-1 win over Ajax in the quarter-finals, while Harry Forrester was the star of their 3-0 semi-final victory over West Ham United.

Shinnie had a brace in both their 2-0 quarter-final win over Celtic and 3-0 semi-final victory over Sunderland.

Ajax beat Celtic 2-0 in the Shield final, while KFC Tokyo defeated the Andy Cole Jura All Stars 2-1 in the Masters Cup final.

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