City XI face Barry Town United on Saturday, 3pm
Our development side visit Barry Town for a second consecutive pre-season on Saturday. Last year’s tie between the two teams ended with City winning the game 2-1 but with over 1500 people through the door the gate receipts helped fund a successful season on the pitch for Barry. Issues off the pitch though made Cardiff and Barry’s 2012/13 season’s very different.
While Malky Mackay’s first team stormed to the Championship title, Kevin Cooper’s development side also had a lot of success, reaching the final of the Professional Development League Two – missing out on winning the title after a 1-3 aet defeat to Charlton Athletic, something Cooper’s men will be looking to better in the coming campaign. Success on the pitch also followed for Barry Town with the Dragons finishing sixth in Welsh Division One, while a 2-0 quarter final win over Flint Town United saw Barry reach the Semi-Finals of the Welsh Cup for the first time in a decade, losing to eventual winners Prestatyn Town.
The club was funded from 2011 - 2013 by the Barry Town Supporters Club. After failing to find a buyer for the club, owner Stuart Lovering pulled them out of the Welsh Football League in May despite long protests from the Supporters Club.
After much deliberation the Barry Town Supporters Club created Barry Town United and started discussions with the Welsh FA to be reintroduced into league. As things stand Barry Town United and the Barry Town Supporters Club are continuing their campaign to be a Welsh League club but continue their pre-season preparations as usual with Cardiff City’s development side visiting this Saturday and both clubs would welcome your support at Jenner Park.
CARDIFF CITY SQUAD V BARRY TOWN UNITED:
The City XI heading to Jenner Park on Saturday will feature a number of players with first-team experience including the likes of Joe Mason, Rudy Gestede and Fillip Kiss.
Etien Velikonja and Haverfordwest hat-trick hero Kadeem Harris will also be included in a strong squad heading to Jenner Park.
City XI squad: Liam Matthews, Jordan Bell (trialist), Kane Owen, Raphael Calvet (trialist), Brad Williams, Declan John, Ashley Baker, Brad Wickham, Fillip Kiss, Theo Wharton, Guileherme Morais (trialist), Macauley Southam, Tyler Roche, Joe Mason, Kadeem Harris, Nathan Thomas (trialist), Etien Velikonja, Rudy Gestede, Joao Monterio (trialist), Rhys Healey.
Barry Town 1-2 Cardiff City XI – Weds 8th Aug 2012
As part of their centenary celebrations, Barry Town welcomed a Cardiff City XI to Jenner Park where over 1500 people piled into the ground for the big game. The young City team defeated a valiant Barry side 2-1 in a highly entertaining encounter.
The opening goal of the game was scored with just ten minutes on the clock, City midfielder Tommy O’Sullivan swinging in a curving corner for Israeli International Dekel Keinan to nod the ball home. The young Cardiff eleven controlled the opening half with Ben Nugent and Deji Oshilaja standing out in a composed performance. It was another young talent in substitute Declan John that helped Cardiff to their second goal of the game. The Welsh International came on for the away side at half time and did not take long to influence the game, providing a great cross following a mazy run down the left hand side.
Soon after, Jesse Darko fired a shot from inside the area that was superbly saved by Town keeper Brendan Cropley. The home defence failed to clear and Kevin Sainte-Luce managed to smash a shot into the bottom corner from just outside the six yard box.
The biggest cheer and arguably the best goal of the night came on eighty four minutes as the home side grabbed an exquisite consolation goal through 2011/12 season top scorer Josh Bell. An incredibly well worked free kick from the home side on the edge of the Cardiff area with Bell firing the ball through the wall and into the back of the net to the delight of over a thousand spectators. It was a very clever goal that the loud home fans thoroughly deserved to see from their home town heroes.
2012-13 teams - Barry Town: Cropley, Frowen (Searle, 76), Baldock, Evans, Clare (Morgan, 76), Bashir (Hortley, 70), Saddler (Goodridge, 83), Bell, Nagi (Howarth, 70), Doidge, Jones. Subs not used: Johnston, Smith Cardiff City XI: Hubert, Blake (Morrissey, 64), Keinan, Nugent, Oshilaja (John, 46), Sainte-Luce, Wharton, O’Sullivan (Williams, 76), Jarvis, Lawson, Darko (Hill, 64) Subs not used: Richards
COME AND SUPPORT OUR DEVELOPMENT SIDE AND BARRY TOWN UNITED
Kick-off at Jenner Park is 3pm with fantastic family fun day events available on the day. Both City’s development squad and Barry Town United would appreciate your support.
Tickets for the game are still available and can be bought online by clicking here
or you can purchase on the gate.
Tickets are priced at:
£5 – Adults
£3 – Under 11s