Stephen McPhail notches another 76 minutes up at Brighton
road to full fitness was given a further boost on Monday evening after featuring for all but 14 minutes of City Development side's 1-0 defeat at Brighton. Stephen McPhail's
made his second appearance in a week for the Bluebirds at right back after impressing at home to Millwall. Luke Coulson. Fellow new addition Ronnie Hawkinsreturned in goal too after a month on loan at Wycombe Wanderers, while there was also a debut for new signing
nearly opened the scoring soon after for the Bluebirds, the forward almost taking advantage of some extremely sloppy defending only for experienced goalkeeper Peter Brezovan to push wide the young striker’s rocket.Jesse DarkoThe first shot of the game was for the home side, with Charlie Oatway junior striking a sparkling shot that flew just wide.
The next man to try his luck for Cardiff City was impressive full back Coulson, as the young defender broke at incredible pace before shooting tamely with his weaker left foot just wide of Brezovan’s right hand post.
Torbjorn Agdestein was a constant threat for the home side and it was the forward's clever turn that lead to the opening goal of the game on forty two minutes. The Norweigian broke well down the left wing and after cutting inside tested Parish with a right footed shot; the 'keeper made a great save, but George Barker was on hand to slip the ball into the empty net to give the Seagulls the lead going into half time.
GOAL! BRIGHTON AND HOVE ALBION DVP 1-0 CARDIFF CITY DVP (George Barker, 42 mins)
HALF TIME: BRIGHTON AND HOVE ALBION DVP 1-0 CARDIFF CITY DVP
. The Bluebirds broke with intense pace and after the ball was slipped through to Jarvis, but the young forward couldn’t keep his composure lifting the ball wide of the goal with Brezovan struggling and the defence waiting. Nathaniel JarvisThe second half began with a barrage of City pressure and they should have equalised after forty seven minutes through
Agdestein again tried to get on the score-sheet in the second half with his turn of pace really troubling the City full backs. An Agdestein attempt was again saved by Parish, but the rebound fell to Shamir Goodwin; the midfielder struck a sweet volley, but the ball flew well over the bar with an empty goal gaping - a big let off for the Bluebirds.
The barrage of pressure from the home side did not subside though and substitute Brennan Dickenson was unlucky not to add to their earlier goal. His first attempt was a deflected shot from the left wing that went for a corner and just a few moments later he tried his luck again only for Parish to keep him at bay with a fine save.
was making his first appearance from the bench for Cardiff and the young midfielder struck towards goal right footed from twenty five yards only to watch his attempt miss Brezovan’s goal by a matter of inches. The final whistle blew not long after with the Seagulls getting revenge for their defeat at Cardiff City Stadium earlier in the season. Anthony BellThe final real opportunity of the game fell to Kevin Cooper's side.
FULL TIME: BRIGHTON AND HOVE ALBION DVP 1-0 CARDIFF CITY DVP
Cardiff City: Elliot Parish, Luke Coulson, Adedeji Oshilaja, Ben Nugent (Kane Owen, 86), Declan John, Tommy O’Sullivan, Theo Wharton, Stephen McPhail (Anthony Bell, 76), Ronnie Hawkins (Gethyn Hill, 67), Nathaniel Jarvis, Jesse Darko.Subs not used:David Richards, Jaye Bowen.