09:37 5th November 2013
by Sam Roberts
Kevin Cooper's men claim fourth win on the spin
Cardiff City’s development side went six points clear at the top of Professional Development League 2 South on Monday night with a 1-0 win away at Brighton & Hove Albion.
City returned to the South Coast to take on the Seagulls for a second time in just six days, with Cardiff coming out on top in Tuesday’s clash between the two teams 4-3 after extra time.
In a cagey first half, City finally opened the games scoring following a slick team move. Experienced full back John Brayford showed his attacking ability with a fine run down the right side before supplying the perfect low cross for Wales U21 International Tommy O’Sullivan to strike on the move, O’Sullivan curling the ball into Brighton keeper Walton’s near post to give Kevin Cooper’s side the advantage.
HALF TIME: BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION 0-1 CARDIFF CITY
Joe Mason almost added a second goal for Cardiff after fifty five minutes with a low left footed drive that Walton somehow managed to push onto the post and out for a corner. Brighton were also denied by the woodwork three minutes later as midfielder Courtney Richards saw his deflected free kick cannon off Simon Moore’s crossbar.
While Filip Kiss and O’Sullivan both went close to adding a further goal for City late on, the one goal was enough to seal all three points. The full time whistle blew much to the delight of the Welsh Capital’s coaching staff, beating a competitive Brighton side for the second time in a week and inflicting a first league loss of the season on the Seagulls.
Kevin Cooper’s team move onto eighteen points from seven matches this term, six points ahead of the Seagulls and Queens Park Rangers, with the Hoops having one game in hand on City.
FULL TIME: BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION 0-1 CARDIFF CITY
Brighton & Hove Albion: Walton, Hunt (Deen, 46), Chicksen, Richards, Rea, Maksimenko, March (Davis, 46), Harris, Barker, Asmundsson (Benham, 67), Dickenson. Subs Not Used: Wray, Muitt.
Cardiff City: Moore, Brayford, John, Kiss, Amondarain, Yorwerth, Williams, O’Sullivan, Healey, Mason, Wharton. Subs Not Used: Owen, Matthews, Hawkins, Bowen, Bell.