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20 July 2018 Venue Plainmoor Attendance

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Torquay United
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Cardiff City

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4-4-2
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    Bass
    GK
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    Wynter
    DF
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    Davis
    DF
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    Essuman
    DF
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    Hall
    DF
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    Williams
    MF
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    Nabi
    MF
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    Niate
    MF
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    Dickson
    MF
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    Cameron
    FW
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    Reid
    FW

Substitutes

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    Banton
    SUB
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    Keating
    SUB
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    Koszela
    SUB
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    Edwards
    SUB
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    MacDonald
    SUB
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    Pittman
    SUB
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    Roberts
    SUB

Manager

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    Gary Owers

4-4-1-1
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    Smithies
    GK
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    Peltier
    DF
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    Morrison
    DF
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    Ecuele Manga
    DF
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    Bennett
    DF
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    Hoilett
    MF
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    Paterson
    MF
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    Ralls
    MF
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    Murphy
    MF
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    Reid
    FW
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    Zohore
    FW

Substitutes

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    Etheridge
    SUB
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    Richards
    SUB
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    Bamba
    SUB
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    Connolly
    SUB
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    Cunningham
    SUB
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    Damour
    SUB
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    Mendez-Laing
    SUB
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    Harris
    SUB
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    Ward
    SUB
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    Madine
    SUB

Manager

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    Neil Warnock

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Match Previews

Match Preview: Torquay United vs. Cardiff City

20 July 2018

Cardiff City could make it four pre-season wins on the bounce when they face Torquay United on Friday 20th July.

Neil Warnock’s free-scoring Bluebirds have impressively tallied a total of twenty goals in their last three games – a figure they will aim to extend further at Plainmoor Stadium.

Tickets will be available at the ground for Cardiff City supporters. Full details can be found here.

Know Your Opponent

The Gulls currently compete in the Vanarama National League South, the sixth tier of the English football pyramid. Last season, Torquay United finished 22nd in the National League which resulted in relegation to their current division.

Their top scorer last season was none other than current Bluebird Rhys Healey, who notched six goals during a loan spell. Striker Jamie Reid also notched the same amount of goals in all competitions last season. The 24-year-old represented Northern Ireland U21s in 2013 and had previously played for Torquay on three separate loan spells before making a permanent transfer in October 2017.

Torquay United are managed by Gary Owers, who stated on the club’s official website: “It should be a special evening and we’re thankful to Neil Warnock, especially, for agreeing to bring his side. It’s going to be excellent for everyone.”

Summer So Far

Similarly to Warnock’s troops, the Gulls have already played three pre-season matches this summer. However they have suffered defeat twice at home; the first being a 4-1 loss to Forest Green Rovers on July 10th before losing by a single goal against Plymouth Argyle on July 17th. In between those games, Owers’ men defeated Poole Town 4-0 away from home on July 15th. Former Reading and Rotherham forward Brett Williams netted twice in the encounter.

Following tonight’s friendly, the seaside club will face two more pre-season matches before the start of their 2018/19 campaign. A match with Bristol City at home on July 24th will be followed by Dorchester Town away four days later, on July 28th.

Torquay United’s competitive season kicks off on Tuesday, 7th August, with an away trip to Chelmsford City. It will be a tough battle between both sides, as the hosts narrowly missed out on promotion last term following a third-place finish in the National League South standings.

Last Time Out

The Bluebirds last faced Torquay United during the 2000/2001 campaign; a season which saw them achieve promotion to third tier. When the two outfits met on 7th April 2001, Cardiff City came from a goal behind to win 2-1 at Ninian Park.

Former Rangers striker David Graham gave the visitors the lead on the half hour mark. However, goals from Paul Brayson and Leo Fortune-West gave Alan Cork’s side a deserved three points in-front of a jubilant home crowd.

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Match Reports

Report: Torquay United 1-1 Cardiff City

Entertaining encounter at Plainmoor ends in a draw...

20 July 2018

A 1-1 draw against Torquay United in Devon marked the end of the senior squad’s pre-season tour of the county and neighbouring Cornwall.

The Bluebirds headed to the easternmost point of their summer trip, knowing that they’d face a sterner test against their Vanarama National League South opponents than they had earlier in the week at Tavistock and Bodmin. Neil Warnock put out a strong side that saw Kenneth Zohore return to the action following a period of leave to welcome his baby son Kenzo in to the world last weekend.

City were slick from the off at Plainmoor, looking to keep the ball on the turf and utilising the precision-passing of Joe Ralls through the middle of the park. City’s number eight tested Gulls ‘keeper Bass with a stinging effort after ten minutes, whilst Bobby Reid also saw his effort drift wide of the far upright from a tight angle during the opening exchanges.



There was high-drama at Plainmoor in the build-up to the opening goal. Josh Murphy felt he’d been held back inside the penalty area in the twentieth minute, only for referee Bromley to wave away the forward’s appeals. Torquay found their way into the City penalty area from the next attack, and when striker Brett Williams went to ground under the attention of Callum Paterson, Mr Bromley once more said that the challenge had been fair and that the City man had come away with the ball.

The Gulls crowd were even more vociferous in their feelings towards the official within thirty seconds though, as a clinical Bluebirds breakaway down the right saw Murphy stride into the area and finish low into the left-hand corner of the net.



Calm inevitably followed the most unusual of pre-season storms and there was little to talk of for the remainder of a much slower-paced first half. The usual suspects – Murphy, Reid, Hoilett and Ralls – all threatened to create or finish in the final third, although the Gulls on the field sat firm as the Seagulls soaring above Plainmoor added some south-coast summer colour to proceedings.



Neil Warnock made six changes ahead of the second half with Neil Etheridge replacing Alex Smithies between the sticks; Jazz Richards, Sol Bamba and Greg Cunningham replacing Lee Peltier, Bruno Ecuele Manga and Joe Bennett in defence; Loïc Damour stepping in for Bobby Reid in a tactical central midfield switch; and Danny Ward taking Josh Murphy’s place out on the left hand-side a front-three.

Things ticked along at a leisurely pace for the first 12 minutes of the game, but then in the 57th minute, a mix-up at the back brought an unexpected equaliser for the home side. Substitute Ruairi Keating replaced the energetic Brett Williams and, with his first touch, the forward nipped in behind the Bluebirds back line to slot home past a rooted Etheridge. The Gulls celebrated as if they were playing for league points or cup progression – and it added further drama and intensity to a hugely entertaining pre-season fixture.



Torquay, buoyed by a passionate home support, had their chances as the half progressed; though a City side that incorporated eight second half changes may have been a little more clinical in front of goal to see off the encounter.

Next up for the Bluebirds will be a trip to Neil Warnock’s former side Rotherham United on Wednesday evening – a game that you can hear, in full, courtesy of Cardiff City TV.

Torquay United FC: Bass, Wynter, Davis, Essuman, Hall, Williams (Keating, 56), Nabi, Niate, Dickson (Roberts, 45), Cameron, Reid (Banton, 68). Subs not used: Koszela, Edwards, MacDonald, Pittman.

Cardiff City FC: Smithies (Etheridge, 45), Peltier (Richards, 45), Morrison, Ecuele Manga (Bamba, 45), Bennett (Cunningham, 45), Hoilett, Paterson (Mendez-Laing, 67), Ralls, J. Murphy (Ward, 45; Harris, 61), Reid (Damour, 45), Zohore (Madine, 45). Sub not used: Connolly.

Referee: A. Bromley

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