U18 Report: Cardiff City 1-3 Crystal Palace
Cardiff City’s U18 side lost 3-1 to Crystal Palace U18 in the Professional Development League at Cardiff International Sports Stadium on Friday.
Tetteh-Quaye Addy struck a first-half brace, Malachi Boateng scored in the second period before Sam Parsons hammered a late wonder goal to get City on the scoreboard.
Matthew Bloxham made two changes from the FA Youth Cup victory over Ipswich Town U18 last time out, as Bradley Stewart and Aidan MacNamara started.
The Bluebirds came close on two occasions after three minutes. Harry Pinchard’s distanced free-kick cannoned off the right post and in the following phase of play, and Isaak Davies’ shot from just inside the area was saved by Jacob Russell.
The visitors opened the scoring nine minutes later through Tetteh-Quaye Addy, who fired in from the edge of the box. City responded determinedly and came close to an equaliser with 17 minutes played. Isaak Davies intercepted a back-pass, but hit wide under pressure from the onrushing Jacob Russell.
Forward Addy scored the visitor’s second and secured a brace four minutes later, as his strike from the inside right of the box deflected in.
After the interval, Cardiff City hunted for a goal to reduce the deficit to one and midfielder Pinchard had a chance six minutes in. His effort from within the box and at an angle was saved by Jacob Russell.
Four minutes later, Bradley Stewart did well to tip John-Kymani Gordon’s effort off the post and then play tightened as chances became a rarity.
With 11 minutes of the 90 remaining, Crystal Palace had a third through captain Malachi Boateng, who headed in from a corner.
Three minutes later, Joel Bagan stepped up to take a free-kick from range and curled it towards the right corner, but Jacob Russell saved.
The Bluebirds continued to battle for a goal and it came one minute into added time, as Sam Parsons’ ambitious attempt from the left and at range rocketed into the right corner.
That proved to be the final goal of the game, as the Eagles took three points from the hosts.
U18 FINAL SCORE: CARDIFF CITY 1-3 CRYSTAL PALACE
Cardiff City U18: Stewart, Pritchard (Crole 46’), Parsons, Jones, Bagan, King, Kavanagh, MacNamara, I. Davies, Pinchard, Evans (Colwill 46’). Subs not used: Cogman, Clay.
Crystal Palace U18: Jacob Russell, Thisleton, Adaramola, Boateng, Jude Russell, Chamberlin-Gayle, Omilabu (Gonzalez 76’), Smith (Olopade 71’), Gordon, Mooney, Addy. Subs not used: Ajayi, Whitworth, Siddik.