U18 Preview: Millwall vs. Cardiff City
Cardiff City’s U18 side will travel to face Millwall this Saturday as they return to action in the U18 PDL South following the international break - 10:30am kick-off.
Know Your Opponent
Millwall currently sit in fourth place following a positive start to the 2019/20 campaign. The Lions have accumulated sixteen points from their opening eight matches, winning on five occasions.
Chris Perry’s side finished in 3rd place last season, missing out on a place in the Play-Offs by eight points. The Lions won thirteen games last term, with Millwall collecting 45 points from 28 matches. Saturday’s hosts were knocked out of the FA Youth Cup in third round of the competition, as they succumbed to a 2-1 defeat after extra time against Tottenham Hotspur on December 18th, 2018.
The visitors are managed by Chris Perry, who joined the club in July 2015. The 45-year-old brings a wealth of experience in the game, having made over 400 appearances as a defender over the course of almost two decades. Perry most notably appeared for Wimbledon 167 times in an eight-year spell at the Dons, whilst he also made 120 appearances for Tottenham Hotspur between 1999 and 2003.
Perry is assisted by Larry McAvoy, who has worked at Millwall for a number of years, progressing up the age groups from U9 to his current role as U18 coach.
Last Time Out: Millwall 0-2 Cardiff City
City claimed all three points against Chris Perry’s side in February, as Dan Griffiths netted a double in an impressive 2-0 win away from home.
Sam Parsons replaced Ntazana Mayembe in the starting line-up, and the Bluebirds got off to an emphatic start as Griffiths broke the deadlock in the 8th minute, heading home from a pin-point corner.
Parsons would then proceed to find Griffiths with an expert delivery with 21 minutes played, and the striker made no mistake in doubling City’s advantage. Griffiths would go close to netting a third, however his effort in the 81st minute was cleared off the line. Despite this, City held on for a vital three points.