Toronto FC 2-4 Aston Villa: Moore hat-trick
Toronto FC 2-4 Aston Villa
A Luke Moore hat-trick helped Aston Villa to a hard-fought victory over tenacious Toronto FC.
Villa's hosts fancied their chances of pulling off a stirring comeback before the visitors came out on top in last night's friendly at BMO field.
Martin O'Neill's team were 2-0 up at half-time thanks to Moore's 11th-minute opener - following a pass from Ashley Young - and then his second shortly afterwards, a tap-in after Marlon Harewood's shot had been blocked by the home goalkeeper David Monsalve.
Toronto felt a shot by Maurice Edu might have been blocked by a defender's hand - but no penalty was given; then Danny Dichio's goal was disallowed for a debatable offside.
Carl Robinson also went close for the hosts just before half-time, but Toronto did get one back when defender Todd Dunivant was on the mark.
The Reds were then level in the 62nd minute - soon after having another `goal' disallowed for offside.
Striker Andrea Lombardo, on as a half-time substitute for Dichio, got on the scoresheet after collecting a rebound off a Villa defender and beating goalkeeper Stuart Taylor.
O'Neill made a number of second-half substitutions, with new signing Nigel Reo-Coker making his debut on 70 minutes.
It was another substitute, Norwegian forward John Carew, who put Villa back in front - converting a Gabriel Agbonlahor corner with a neat side-foot - although there was again a suspicion of offside.
Villa continued to control play into stoppage time, and Moore scored his third when he tapped in from a low cross.