KILKENNY’S Mikey Drennan continued his lethal form in front of goal as Aston Villa tasted league glory.
The former Evergreen player hit the net twice to help the Birmingham club land the Barclays Reserve League South championship with a 2-0 win over Sunderland.
It took Drennan just 11 minutes to get his name on the scoresheet, latching on to a through ball from team captain Daniel Johnson inside the box before slipping a low shot past Sunderland netminder Ben Wilson.
Played in torrential rain Villa made light of the conditions, forcing the home side on the defensive for much of the game.
Although Sunderland fought their way into the game in the second half, they were sunk when Drennan doubled his tally after the hour mark. The teenager showed predatory instincts to pounce on a defensive mix-up, winning possession before drilling a low shot into the bottom corner of the net.
With Liverpool’s reserves beating West Brom on the night, Drennan’s doubled secured a fourth league title in five seasons for Villa with game to spare.
They will now move on to a play-off final against the Northern reserve champions. Manchester United will be the opponents, securing their title with a 6-3 win over Newcastle United on Monday night. Drennan has already played against United’s second string side for Villa this season, losing 2-0 in a game which featured the likes of Chris Smalling and Tom Cleverley.