21:28 23rd April 2014
Kevin Cooper's side lose 4-0 to Crewe at Cardiff City Stadium
Cardiff City's Under-21 Development squad ended their season in disappointing fashion as they lost 4-0 to Crewe Alexandra in the PDL2 play-off semi-final at Cardiff City Stadium.
First-half strikes from Ajay Leitch-Smith and Bill Waters gave the visitors a two goal advantage going into the break, before Crewe captain George Ray was sent-off with 25 minutes to go to give the young Bluebirds hope.
Pushing for the goal to get them back into the match, it was the visitors who made the most of the space on the counter attack as James Baillie and Birger Melling put the result beyond doubt late on a secured the Railwaymen their place in the PDL2 final against Queens Park Rangers next week.
FULL MATCH REPORT TO FOLLOW....
FULL-TIME: Cardiff City DVP 0-4 Crewe Alexandra U-21
Cardiff City: Wilson, Coulson, Owen (Bell, 80), Connolly, Yorwerth, James, Williams, Wharton, Healey, O’Sullivan, Bowen (Roche, 59). Subs Not Used: Barnum-Bobb, Lewis, B Watkins.
Crewe Alexandra: Phillips, Baillie, Melling, Jones, Ray, Mellor, Clayton (Ng, 67), Turton, Oliver, Leitch-Smith, Waters (Kearns, 78). Subs Not Used: Matthews, Cooper.
Goals: Ajay Leitch-Smith (26), Max Clayton (40) James Baillie (80) Birger Melling (90)