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Cardiff U18s 0 Blues U18s 2

Posted: Tue 19 Aug 2014
Image by: Olly Leaper

Opening day victory for U18s against the Bluebirds

Blues U18s got their U18 Professional Development league campaign off to a winning start at the weekend with a comfortable away victory against Cardiff City.

Wes Harding put Blues into the lead during stoppage time at the end of the first-half when he met a corner ball with a well-executed header that looped over the keeper and into the back of the net.

Blues then doubled their advantage after 65 minutes when Kyle McFarlane's pass from the left found Wes McDonald deep inside the Cardiff area and he was able to turn and fire a low shot into the goal.
Academy coach Steve Spooner was pleased with way his side went about the task in hand.

“It was a good performance and the fact that we kept a clean sheet as well was equally pleasing. We defended and attacked well as a unit and I was very pleased with every one of them.

“I felt the players controlled the game very well and their ability to retain possession when it was needed and then to exploit the space was excellent.

“That’s something they’ve improved on since the Holland trip when they played against opposition who didn’t always press you.

“The timing of the Wes Harding’s first goal was very important in the 45th minute. Then as we expected Cardiff came out at us and it took us about ten minutes to settle but once we got into our stride we could have scored considerably more than one more goal.”

The visitors continued to press and Khallem Bailey and McDonald both went close with shots that narrowly flew over the bar.
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