CARDIFF CITY U-21 v SWANSEA CITY U-21
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The future stars of Welsh football are in action tomorrow evening at Cardiff City Stadium, as Kevin Cooper’s Cardiff City development side take on local rivals Swansea City in PDL 2 League action for the first time this season.
Kevin Cooper’s side began the campaign with a long trip to Portman Road, with Ipswich Town the hosts. Last season, City's DVP side suffered their heaviest defeat against the Tractor Boys at Portman Road, but first half goals from Slovenian striker Etien Velikonja and former Welsh Premier League forward Rhys Healey gave Cardiff a fine 2-0 win on August 26th.
Following this away victory, the young City stars visited Professional Development League 2 South new boys Crystal Palace and were greeted by a familiar face in the Eagles' goalkeeper Neil Alexander. The former Cardiff stopper put in a determined performance throughout the ninety minutes to frustrate his old employers, however a Filip Kiss penalty and a second headed goal of the season by Healey helped City to turn the game around and seal a 2-1 victory in the English Capital City.
Kristian O’Leary’s Swansea side have also competed in two games this term with both Brighton & Hove Albion and Millwall finishing 2-1 winners over the Swans. The Liberty Stadium based side are not to be underestimated though as they search for a first win of the campaign. Cardiff will have to watch out for forward Rory Donnelly who has matched Rhys Healey’s record of scoring in both games so far this term, Donnelly also bagged a nine minute hat-trick for the Swans first team in their pre-season tour of Holland.
Cooper’s side defeated Swansea 2-1 home and away last term, with a thirty yard strike from Craig Conway a real highlight of the home match last November. Llanelli’s Stebonheath Park ground hosted February’s match between the South Wales rivals, half time substitute Rhys Healey changing the game with his forward thinking performance aiding Cardiff’s win. Healey has gone from strength to strength since this game, scoring seven goals in eleven appearances at Development level since a January move from Connah’s Quay.
Tomorrow’s South Wales derby at Cardiff City Stadium is open for fans of both clubs to attend free of charge, with free parking also available outside the stadium for those who drive. Come down and support our development side in their quest for success tomorrow evening.WATCH HIGHLIGHTS OF CITY DVP'S 2-1 WIN OVER CRYSTAL PALACE LAST TIME OUT BELOW.