Match Reports

Harris the man again as City DVP win

City’s development side won their third pre-season game on the bounce on Wednesday night with a 2-1 win over Scott Young’s Port Talbot Town.

An experienced City line-up began the game with Kevin McNaughton, Nicky Maynard, Simon Lappin, Rudy Gestede, Joe Mason and Craig Conway all getting some much needed game time in preparation for the new season which is just over two weeks away.

The hosts started the match in determined fashion keeping the strong City side at bay for the majority of the first half. A moment of magic from Tommy Smith helped City take the lead seventeen minutes. Smith’s incredible pass perfectly met the run of Kadeem Harris and the influential winger cut back for Nicky Maynard to tap home from close range. 

The dogged home side kept their Premier League opponents at bay, frustrating Kevin Cooper’s side on a number of occasions. They managed to pull themselves level on fifty five minutes with Lee Surman rising highest to meet a Sacha Walters corner.

The lead did not last long though with Harris involved again as Cardiff scored a fine second goal. Former Wycombe winger Harris’ exquisite pass through was controlled well by Joe Ralls who beat the Port Talbot keeper Hall to the ball before tapping into the empty net. 

Etien Velikonja and Filip Kiss went close to adding to City’s lead in the final few moments with the away side fully deserving of the win against their Welsh 
Premier League opponents. 

Port Talbot Town: Hall, Green, Surman, Jones, Bloom (De-Vulgt, 72), Evans (L John, 66), Harling, M John (Preen, 57), Brooks (Bowen, 79), Walters (Edwards, 86), Wright (Bell, 57) 

Cardiff City: Richards, McNaughton (Oshilaja, 61), Lappin (D John, 61), Calvet, Connolly (Coulson, 70), Ralls (Kiss, 70), Smith (Wharton, 61), Mason (Harris, 10), Gestede (Velikonja, 61), Maynard (Healey, 61), Conway (O’Sullivan, 70)