Cardiff City U21

U21 Match Report | Cardiff City 1-1 Wigan Athletic

Cardiff City’s U21 side drew at CCS against Wigan Athletic on Tuesday afternoon.

City took the lead early following a dominating opening ten minutes of play, with Fin Johnson tapping home at the far post from Tanatswa Nyakuhwa’s squared ball. 

However, the visitors levelled from a set-piece against the run of play before the half was out.

U21s in action

Linking up well afterwards, Josh Beecher’s cross came at the end of a swift counter, though it went unmet inside the area.

One final chance of the half came through a set-piece, as Luey Giles’ pinpoint free-kick reached Dylan Lawlor at the edge of the six-yard box, though his header went just over the crossbar.

James Knott was lucky to remain on the pitch with ten minutes remaining, as he handled the ball while denying Dakarai Mafico’s strike from less than five yards out. Stepping up to take the resulting penalty, Johnson’s effort was read by Matt Wonnacott, who dived to his right and saved.

City’s late attacking onslaught continued as the clock neared full time, with substitute Trey George linking up well and creating chances. The forward nearly netted with five minutes left, but couldn’t quite get the ball out from under his feet when receiving a cross a few yards out.

From a rare chance, Abdi Sharif threatened later still from a directly taken free-kick, forcing a save from City’s Trialist ‘keeper.

Following  five minutes of injury time played, the young Bluebirds were held by the Latics, sharing the points in Leckwith.

Full Time: Cardiff City 1-1 Wigan Athletic

Cardiff City: Trialist, Semenyo, Beecher, Edwards (Kpakio 64’), Lawlor, Giles (Thomas 53’), Kenniford, Mafico, Nyakuhwa (George 75’), Johnson, Twose (Conte 64’). Subs: Armstrong.

Wigan Athletic: Wonnacott, Lloyd, Rimmer, Knott, Bates, Trialist, Graham, Sharif, Chentouf, McMillian, Brennan. Subs: Spaven, McKee, Bolland, Simms, Hughes.