City’s U18 side fell just short in the South Wales derby succumbing to a 3-2 defeat against Swansea City.
The first chance of the game came when a fine Kane Owen cross was headed towards goal by midfielder Ben Watkins, his attempt going just wide of the Swansea City goal. Twelve minutes into the game at the away side fell behind after a Josh Sheehan shot from distance evaded Liam Matthews and nestled into the bottom corner.
Cardiff were given the opportunity to level when a delightful through ball from Watkins found Gethyn Hill who was brought down in the box to earn a penalty. Hill picked the ball up and fired his penalty kick low into the bottom corner to level the game on twenty one minutes.
After Abdi Noor’s trickery forced a foul from the Swansea City defence up-stepped Tommy O’Sullivan and the impressive central midfielder placed a free kick from the edge of the area into the back of the Swansea net to give Cardiff a 2-1 lead. Just before the break and the hosts were given a penalty of their own after Ashley Baker was judged to have handled the ball. Swansea-born Matthews going the right way to save the penalty and maintain City’s lead going into the break.
The host’s came out for the second half in determined fashion and managed to grab an equaliser when Kyle Copp fired home a volley that beat flew past Matthews. Swansea continued their spell of dominance and scored what turned out to be the winner with five minutes remaining, a lofted corner was finally nodded in by Corey Francis.
Although City’s young stars would have been disappointed with the end result the performance was a real positive to take from the game. With Swansea set to visit Leckwith Stadium in February the Academy will get a chance of avenging this defeat.