Healey and Dæhli score as DVP earn pointRhys Healey and Mats Møller Dæhli both hit the back of the net on Monday night as City’s development side drew 2-2 with Queens Park Rangers at Cardiff City Stadium.
City began brightest, going close to a first goal after fifteen minutes - young full-back Kane Owen with a long range left footed effort that flew over the crossbar. Cardiff did take the lead though after nineteen minutes with a familiar name on the score-sheet.
New signing Jo Inge Berget was alert enough to capitalise on a mix up in the Rangers defence, beating his man before passing for strike partner Rhys Healey to beat the ‘R’s’ keeper Aaron Lennox for pace and slot into the empty net to the delight of the watching City fans – Healey’s tenth goal in eleven PDL2 South games this term.
The away response was almost instantaneous, with Michael Petrasso smashing the ball into the top corner from just inside the penalty box. Petrasso scored again on thirty two minutes from an acute angle to give his side the advantage.
Dæhli troubled the away side throughout the first half and showed his goal-scoring prowess on the half time whistle, jinking behind the back line before firing the ball into the back of the net from the left side.
Dæhli could have added to his goal with the clock running down, but he was unfortunate with Aaron Lennox denying Kevin Cooper’s side a third goal on a number of occasions in the second half.
With second placed Brighton & Hove Albion defeating Crystal Palace 3-2 this evening, City’s development side currently sit four points clear at the top of Professional Development League 2 South with nine games left to play this season – they next make the short journey to Bristol City on Monday 17th February.
FULL TIME: Cardiff City 2-2 QPR
Team - Cardiff City: Lewis, Coulson, Owen, Wharton, Nugent, Yorwerth, Dæhli, Bowen (Williams, 68), Healey, Berget (Griffiths, 90), O’Sullivan. Subs Not Used: Wilson, James, Hawkins.
GOALS: Rhys Healey (19), Mats Møller Dæhli (45)
Queens Park Rangers: Lennox, Gibbons, Yun, Ehmer, Sendles-White, Donaldson, Petrasso, Laurent, Caicedo (Grego-Cox 63), Shariff (Carreiro 82), Ephraim (Comley, 76). Subs Not Used: Magri, Lumley.
GOALS: Michael Petrasso (22, 33)