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Double for high-flying Omotoso as Villa hit top form to ease past plucky Johnville

Villa returned to top form against Johnville in the Premier League at St Martin's Park with a comfortable three goals to nil win away to Johnville.

The home played with a lone striker from the start and Johnville had all the chances in the opening 15 minutes, but when the Villa did score they looked comfortable for long periods and the three points earned from this game keeps them in the top half of the league table.

Villa took the lead in brilliant fashion on 29 minutes. Simon Keane played the ball across the field from his right full back position to Eoin Ginnitty, the left winger squared the ball into the path of Paul Omotoso who cracked the ball into the roof of the Johnville net from the edge of the penalty area. Ian Ryan and Kevin Barry set up two half chances for Gary Kelly afterwards as Johnville tried to get back into the match but it was the Villa who had a superb opporunity to increase their advantage on the stroke of half time.

Danny Walsh was allowed far to much space inside the Johnville area but his close range shot was well saved by Thomas Wall who turned the ball around his upright.Eoin Ginnitty took the corner kick and he picked out Paul Omotoso who was lurking at the back post but his header struck the woodwork.

Paul Omotoso was back in the thick of the action once again on the hour mark, this time chasing down a fine pass from Declan Furlong. It looked a goal all over when Omotoso shot hard from 25 yards but Thomas Wall produced a wonderful save.

Johnville then brought on Pat Brown to partner James Fatumoso and changed their formation to 4-4-2 and Brown had a glorious chance to level matters on 73 minutes but he shot straight at Liam Kavanagh from 6 yards range. Johnville were made to pay for that miss five minutes later.

Ian Ryan failed to deal with a long ball played forward by Simon Keane and David McCaffrey took full advantage by crossing to Paul Omotoso and he had no difficulty slotting to the net from eight yards range.

Omotoso was presented with a chance to complete his hat-trick on 87 minutes when he was put in the clear by Des Mullett however he squared the ball to Danny Walsh who gleefully shot home his second goal of the current league campaign to give Villa all three points.

Johnville: Thomas Wall, Gavin McLawrence, James Casey, John Kennedy, John O'Leary, Ian Gosling, Kevin Barry, Gary Kelly, James Fatumuso, Ian Ryan, Jamie Flynn. Subs. Pat Brown for Casey (56 mins) Christopher Purcell for Ryan (81 mins)

Villa: Liam Kavanagh, Simon Keane, Eric Marsh, Declan Furlong, Ian Sullivan, Ian Crowley, Des Mullett, John Whitty, Danny Walsh, Paul Omotoso, Eoin Ginnitty. Subs. David Murphy for Marsh (62 mins) David McCaffrey for Whitty (69 mins).

Referee: Noel Purcell.