REPORT | SHREWSBURY TOWN 0-4 CARDIFF CITY
Bluebirds breeze past Shrews in 4-0 pre-season victory...Cardiff City enjoyed a perfect pre-season afternoon at Greenhous Meadow as they ran out 4-0 winners over League One's Shrewsbury Town.
In Paul Trollope's first match in charge of the Bluebirds, City lined up in a 3-5-2 formation that brought them plenty of joy in the opening forty-five minutes.
The Bluebirds slotted effortlessly into the new set-up and looked composed across the pitch, as Anthony Pilkington broke the deadlock on twenty-six minutes - cutting in from the right to curl a superb effort into the top corner.
Despite a handful of Shrews breakthroughs, the Bluebirds maintained their dominance up to the break, and added a second when Frédéric Gounongbe nodded home from a Peter Whittingham corner on his Cardiff City début.
In the second half, the Bluebirds made a raft of changes on the sixtieth minute - as scheduled before the match. However, the changes did nothing to disrupt City's flow, as they added a further two goals before the full-time whistle.
The first of those came when Theo Wharton's quick feet earned a Bluebirds free-kick twenty-five yards out. Craig Noone, wearing the captain's armband, swung the ball in, and as Tom James rose to meet it, the ball appeared to go in off a Shrewsbury Town head.
Finally, City completed the scoring as lone striker Kenneth Zohore capitalised on a blunder from substitute 'keeper Callum Brown. The Danish striker stole the ball and tapped the ball into an empty net in the seventy-second minute - rounding off an extremely enjoyable afternoon for the Bluebirds.
FINAL SCORE: SHREWSBURY TOWN 0-4 CARDIFF CITY
Scorers: Pilkington '26, Gounongbe '32, OG '70, Zohore '72
CARDIFF CITY (first 60 mins): Marshall, Ajayi, Manga, Connolly, Fábio, O'Keefe, Whittingham, John, Immers, Pilkington, Gounongbe.
CARDIFF CITY (60-90 mins): Moore, Wharton, Blaise, James, Tutonda, Dikgacoi, Adeyemi, Kennedy, Harris, Noone, Zohore.