Cardiff City’s U21 development side returned to winning ways in South Wales on Monday evening, defeating Coventry City, 4-2, in a highly entertaining match.
The Bluebirds looked comfortable with a two-goal advantage at the half-time interval. Ben Watkins converted the first goal from close range on 23 minutes before Tyler Roche doubled the advantage with a low effort from 25 yards with six minutes of the half remaining.
The hosts went further ahead on 54 minutes as Nigeria U21 International Semi Ajayi diverted the ball home from a corner kick but the Sky Blues reacted almost immediately, pulling a goal back through forward Shawn Miller inside a minute. Fellow experienced striker Simeon Jackson reduced the deficit to just one goal with little over fifteen minutes of the game to go but Ajayi and the Bluebirds had the final word, netting a crucial fourth goal on 85 minutes.
Kevin Nicholson’s side are still in second position within the Professional Development League Two South, two points off the summit with a game in hand on leaders and South Wales rivals Swansea City.
Cardiff City: Wilson, Barnum-Bobb (Rees, 88), James, B. Watkins, Ajayi, C. Watkins, O'Sullivan, Patten, Hill (Phipps, 85), Noor (Balde, 82), Roche. Subs Not Used: Horton, Amondarain.
Coventry City: Richards, Lawton, Haynes (Shipley, 65), Bangura (Bromley, 73), Okosieme, Harries, Miller (Sambou, 76), Thomas, Jackson, Maycock, Kelly-Evans. Subs Not Used: Addai, Leahy.