But more importantly, the match also helped raise funds for the Lord Mayor of Birmingham - Councillor Mike Leddy’s chosen charities, which include Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice, the Brandwood Centre, the Cystic Fibrosis Trust and the Scouts and Guides.
The match, which was played at Boldmere St. Michael’s FC in Sutton Coldfield, saw Blues race into a third minute lead courtesy of Liam Truslove.
After dominating the first-half, Blues scored a deserved second goal ten minutes before the half-time break when Demarai Gray slotted the ball home from 20 yards.
Blues then gave away a penalty early in the second-half, which was duly converted by Villa, before Reece Brown reinstated his side’s two-goal advantage with an excellent solo effort.
With just over ten minutes remaining Villa pegged a goal back, but Blues hung on to seal the win, in what was the first Next Generation Cup meeting between the two clubs in more than 35 years.
Blues coach Karl Hooper felt his side were worthy winners of the contest.
“It was a thoroughly deserved victory,” he said.
“Our players really applied themselves and showed lot of creativity and pride.
“Although it was a friendly, games against Villa will always have a competitive edge. It was a great way for the development squad to end the season.”
Blues U21s: Trueman, Cogley (Bernard, 65) Fry, Bell, Moseley, Brown, Webb, Truslove, Gray (McFarlane, 78), Solomon (O’Neill, 80) Arthur.
Pictures courtesy of Mick Talbot and Simon Houston.