Healey header seals late winAn eighty second minute Rhys Healey header secured a 3-2 win for City’s development side away at Barry Town United this afternoon.
City started the game with an incredibly strong starting line-up, including Slovenian International Etien Velikonja, Benin International Rudy Gestede and former Plymouth Argyle forward Joe Mason.
It was former Wycombe Wanderers man Kadeem Harris though that breached the Town backline to slot home for Kevin Cooper’s side just after the half hour mark.
The valiant hosts levelled the game within five minutes with Michael Hartley sending the vocal home support into raptures. The dedicated Barry fans were in dreamland at half time with fans favourite Lewis Cosslett rising highest to nod them into a fully deserved half time lead.
The home side continued to fight in the second half with a potential upset on the cards.
Joe Mason hit the crossbar for City after the restart, but the hosts luck ran out with clinical forward Velikonja hitting the back of the net for Cooper’s away side.
Both sides pushed for a winner in the closing stages, it was the head of former Welsh Premier League striker Rhys Healey that settled the tie with a fine finish under pressure.
A late TJ Nagi goal was ruled out by the assistant referee for offside much to the anguish of the home support as they saw hopes of a draw fade away.
It was a fantastic challenge for Cooper’s team who had a real battle against Gavin Chesterfield’s men, the Barry team can truly be proud of the fight they gave a professional Cardiff City XI who had to give in their all to earn the win.
Nearly two thousand City and Town fans combined to watch this fantastic clash.