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17 July 2018 Venue Poltair Park Attendance

Kick off 19:00 (UK)

AFC St. Austell
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Cardiff City

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Match Previews

Match Preview: St Austell vs. Cardiff City U23

17 July 2018

Following Sunday’s victory against Truro City, Cardiff City’s U23 squad continue their four-game pre-season tour of Cornwall when they face St Austell on Tuesday evening.

A victory at Poltair Park will result in two wins on the bounce for Jarred Harvey’s U23 side. Tickets are available to purchase on the gate with kick-off commencing at 7.30pm. Adults are priced at £6, concessions at £3 and U16’s at £1.

Know Your Opponent

The Lilywhites currently compete in the South West Peninsula League Premier Division, which was founded in 2007. Last campaign, St Austell finished in a respectable sixth place out of 20 teams competing in total. Despite having a rich history after being founded in 1890, the club have only ever had two grounds; Rocky Park and Poltair Park.

Currently managed by Damon Mulready, St Austell tallied at total of 66 points in the league last season – one ahead of Launceston in seventh position. With an impressive 103 goals counted in total, they were also the fifth highest scorers in the competition.

The Cornish club remarkably achieved a run of 24 consecutive victories (league and cup) when they last won a league title (2014/15). This also resulted in domestic success after defeating Godolphin Atlantic in the final of the Cornwall Senior Cup, the same year.

Summer so far

St Austell have played one pre-season match this summer. A 2-2 draw against St Blazey AFC, on Friday 13th July, means that they also go into today’s match looking to remain unbeaten.

After tonight’s meeting, the Lilywhites will face a further four more friendlies before entering their new season.This includes trips to Penzance and Liskeard before hosting Porthleven and travelling again to play Mousehole.

Their competitive campaign will kick-off on Wednesday 8th August when they host Plymouth Argyle Reserves; who finished eighth in the table the previous season.

Last Time Out

Exactly 362 days ago, City’s U23 side lined up to face St Austell for a pre-season clash on Thursday, 20th July 2017. The spoils were shared in a dramatic 2-2 draw at Poltair Park. After a direct start from the visitors, Cardiff City took the lead through Wales U21 international Mark Harris. However, their lead would only last ten minutes when defender Will Tinsley slotted home at close range.

Former full-back Declan John, now at Rangers, restored the away side’s lead before the hour mark after being set up superbly by Cameron Coxe. The hosts fought back again though as they levelled the scores through centre-half Tom Chambers with ten minutes remaining.

This friendly encounter provided a competitive challenge for the players – a factor in which Harvey wishes to emulate on this current tour. Speaking after a 2-0 win against Truro City on Sunday, the U23 coach said, “We are trying our best to give our players exposure ahead of the new season. It’s absolutely vital that they get these minutes under their belts. “There are three more fixtures for us to play and we’re looking forward to those tests.”

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Match Reports

U23 Report: AFC St. Austell 2-4 Cardiff City

17 July 2018

Cardiff City U23s continued their 100% pre-season record with a terrific turnaround against St. Austell on Tuesday, 17th July 2018.

Despite early pressure from the visitors, it was the Lilywhites who took a quick lead. Forward Liam Eddy clinically dispatched the ball into the far right corner of goal after beating his marker, with just three minutes played.

The Bluebirds responded with a chance of their own moments later. Rhys Healey attempted a ferocious strike from range which was initially parried before being gathered by the ‘keeper.

City continued to search for a leveller and were denied by sensational goalkeeping before the half-hour mark. Anthony Pilkington charged through on goal but saw his low effort timely cleared by an on-rushing Jason Chapman.

With ten minutes until the interval, St Austell were awarded a penalty. Defender Jack Bodenham was adjudged to have brought down an opposing player inside the area. Mark Goldsworthy took the spot-kick and calmly slotted home into the bottom right corner.

However, the young Bluebirds kept up the pressure and remarkably netted twice in two minutes to level the scores at the break.

First, Healey unleashed an unstoppable volley into the top right corner of goal from 30 yards.

Then, the lively James Waite surged up to the by-line before seeing his low ball bundled into the back of the net by full-back Will Tinsley.

The Bluebirds started the second half similarly to how they ended the first. Both Ciaran Brown and Cameron Coxe saw close range headers cleared before the turnaround was complete. From a counter, Healey burst down the left flank before expertly chipping over the ‘keeper - his fourth strike of this pre-season.

Chances became sparse in the latter stages of the game. Although the Bluebirds saw out the match with a fourth goal through substitute Jamie Veale. The Welshman played a quick one-two before keeping his composure to fire home from six yards.

At full-time, the Bluebirds claimed their second win in as many games since the start of their pre-season tour. They will face Porthleven away in their next test on Thursday, 19th July 2018.

St Austell: Chapman, Tinsley, Calver (Bertrand 70’), Watts, Chambers (Rogers 46’), Giles, Dingle, Reski, Eddy (Lloyd 62’), Goldsworthy (Tucker 66’), Slateford.

Subs Not Used: Mulready.

Cardiff City: Murphy, Trialist [2], Trialist [3], Evans (P. McKay 58’), Brown (Wootton 66’), Bodenham, Healey (Shaw 58’), Waite, Pilkington (Coxe 46’), Tomlin (Veale 46’), Trialist [11].

Subs Not Used: Hall.

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