U21s in action

U21 Match Preview | Burnley vs. Cardiff City

Cardiff City’s U21 side travel to Burnley in the third match of the PDL campaign on Saturday, August 26th, 11am KO.

The fixture will be played at the Lancashire FA County Ground. Tickets will be available to purchase on arrival, with prices as follows:

  • Adults - £5
  • Concessions - £3
  • U16s/Over 65s - Free

If you can’t make it to the Lancashire FA County Ground on Saturday, coverage of the game will be available on Twitter - @CF11Academy.

U21s in action

Last time out, Darren Purse’s side played out an entertaining 3-3 draw against Sheffield Wednesday.

Striker Chanka Zimba netted a fine hat-trick for the young Bluebirds, who were denied all three points late on despite an encouraging performance.

Bailey Cadamarteri scored a brace for the visitors, with Guilherme Siqueira also on the scoresheet.

Saturday’s opponents, Burnley, have played one league fixture so far this season, opening their campaign against Millwall.

The Clarets fell to a 3-1 defeat, despite Lewis Richardson netting for Andy Farrell’s side.

U21 coach Farrell played over 250 league matches for Burnley between 1987 and 1994.

Darren Purse

Darren Purse gave his thoughts ahead City's trip to Lancashire this weekend: “I thought the boys played well at times against Sheffield Wednesday," Darren began. "We could have done something about the goals we conceded, but overall, it was a really good game.

"If we didn't have the sending off, I think we’d have won the game convincingly. I can’t fault the boys for their work and effort during the game.

“There’s always going to be stuff to learn from. When your back four are U18 players, there are going to be mistakes, but it’s about them learning from them. They’ll be a lot better players for it in the next few months.

“It’s always nice to play at Cardiff City Stadium and it’s a really good experience for the players. It’s always a fantastic occasion."

Turning his attention to this weekend's fixture, he continued: "We’re always looking to build momentum. If we can walk away from Burnley with a positive result, it’ll be a really good weekend for us. We’re going to go out and try and perform to the best of our ability.

“The away games are good for the squad because we have some new players in the group. The players get to spend time together and learn about each other - that camaraderie can only help us as a squad.

“Burnley have changed their style of play since we last played them. When they beat us at home last year, they were direct. They can mix it up, play short and long when they want to.

"It’s going to be a tough game for the boys, but one that I expect us to perform in and get a positive result.”