U23 Match Report | QPR 1-3 Cardiff City


Cardiff City's U23 side continued their winning streak on Tuesday afternoon, defeating Queens Park Rangers 1-3 away from home.

James Crole scored a first half opener for City from the penalty spot, before an equaliser late in the first half levelled the scoreline.

Captain James Connolly was on hand to bag a brace and secure the victory for the visitors, however. The defender retook the lead for the Bluebirds, before then doubling it himself with less than ten minutes remaining.

A much-improved second half performance saw the visitors push for dominance on the pitch, applying pressure consistently both in and out of possession, leading to the two goals from Connolly.

With the final whistle blown and another three points earned for their tally, the Bluebirds continue a streak of nine winning performances, and sit atop the U23 PDL South table.


QPR U23: Mahoney, Williams-Lowe, Gubbins, Woollard-Innocent, Woodman, Kefalas, Owens, Wells, Kargbo, Remy, Kelman. Subs: Little, Drewe, Aviero, Conte.

Cardiff City U23: Luthra, Semenyo, D'Almeida, Denham, Trialist, Connolly, Patten, Kavanagh, Crole, Sang (Ashford 75'), Leahy. Subs not used: Turner, Davies, Bakare.

Following the match, Matthew Bloxham spoke to to review the young Bluebirds' victory away from home:

"I'm happy that we were able to showcase the impact that we can have out of possession," said Bloxham. "We had a sluggish start, but in the second half in particular we put in a great performance.

"The boys showed a lot of togetherness and character to get the result, working themselves into a commanding position.

"The energy that we showed in the second half especially is something that we want displayed throughout the 90 minutes, which we're happy to work on and develop as a team.

"The team is full of confidence and thriving on it at this level. It's a real positive, and talking about James Connolly in particular, he's wanted to work on the attacking aspect of his game and today he scored two, so that development is great to see in the individual performances within the side."