Club News11th April
Cardiff City's U21 development side are now unbeaten in ten games following Monday's 1-0 victory over Hull City at The Vale Resort.
Kevin Nicholson's side controlled the first-half, deservedly taking the lead after 38 minutes through Rhys Healey. The former Connah's Quay forward had gone close on two occasions previously, finally opening the scoring with a composed finish ten yards out, from David Tutonda's cut back.
A huge positive for the Bluebirds came as central defender Ben Turner completed 70 minutes on his comeback from injury. The 6'4 Birmingham-born man playing his part in keeping City's development side ahead against the lively visitors.
In a tight match, Kadeem Harris was denied a second for the hosts by Hull 'keeper Rory Watson not only just before the break, but with three minutes remaining. Watson producing two wonderful saves to deny the Bluebirds winger. Hull's best chance of the match coming just moments before Harris' second chance, Ben Clappison's header from Jarrod Bowen's cross denied by a combination of Ben Wilson and the City crossbar.
Nicholson's side have three games remaining in the current U21 Professional Development League campaign and they occupy second spot in the Southern section, with goals scored keeping them ahead of Millwall, who also have 47 points and a goal difference of +16 after defeating Barnsley, 4-2, earlier on Monday. With Charlton Athletic seemingly having secured top spot in PDL2 South, the race for second and the final play-off spot is truly hotting up.
U21 FINAL SCORE: CARDIFF CITY 1-0 HULL CITY (Healey, 38')
Cardiff City: Wilson, Rees, Tutonda (Abbruzzese, 75), Patten, Blaise, Turner (R. Menayese, 70), Southam, Veale, Healey, Wharton (Bird, 70), Harris. Subs Not Used: O’Reilly, Phipps.
Hull City: Watson, Clackstone, Lenihan, Batty, Rodgers, Clappison, McKenzie, Bowen, Annan, Hinchliffe (Hamilton, 47), Olley. Subs Not Used: Saltmer, Ritson, Kelledy, Barkworth.