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UNDER-23S: Cardiff 1-6 Sky Blues

Fabio Tavares scores a hat-trick against the Bluebirds...

27 April 2021

The Sky Blues ran riot as they put six past Cardiff City in the Professional Development League this afternoon.

It was the Sky Blues had the first opportunity of the game inside the opening five minutes and it was Will Bapaga who’s lofted ball over the Bluebirds back four was met by Blaine Rowe on the volley, but his shot was well saved.

However, the hosts grew into the game after this, and they made their spell on top count as they made the breakthrough with just ten minutes on the clock.

Isaak Davies picked up the ball in midfield and played it out wide to right-back Kieron Evans and his ball into the box was met by the head of Mark Harris to beat Tom Billson in the City goal.

The Sky Blues looked to push for an equaliser and they went close through Harrison Nee, but he was unable to fire his shot on target.

The Under-18s striker was involved again once more as he ran onto a superb ball through from Ryan Howley, which cut through the Cardiff back four and Nee was able to get a shot away, before being taken out by the Trialist in goal.

The referee made no hesitation in pointing to the spot and it was the captain, Jonny Ngandu who stepped up to convert the penalty and draw the sides level.

City burst into life after the goal from the spot and they deservedly pulled in front after Fabio Tavares poked home.

Tom Billson’s long ball forward was flicked on Nee for Joe Newton and his ball across goal wasn’t cleared as it Will Bapaga intercepted and found Tavares in the box and he made no mistake in making it 2-1.

HALF-TIME: Cardiff City 1-2 Sky Blues

After a slow start to the second half, the Sky Blues ran rampant as they found the back of the net on four different occasions without reply.

With 64 minutes gone, Harrison Nee found the back of the net for the first time in the Under-23s as he latched onto a Tavares through ball to slot past the ‘keeper.

Just a couple of minutes later and Tavares turned goalscorer once more and this time he ran onto a Jack Burroughs ball over the top and he brought the ball down and finished excellently to make it four.

76 minutes on the clock and there was another first, this time a first goal for the 23s for left-back Joe Newton, as again it was another assist for Tavares to pull the ball back for Newton and on his weaker right-foot he left the ‘keeper with no chance to make it five.

Just seconds after the restart, Tavares completed his hat-trick as he showed poacher instinct to be alert in the box after City’s Trialist saw his shot saved and Fabio fired home on the rebound to wrap the game up for the Sky Blues.

 

Sky Blues Xl: Tom Billson (GK), Blaine Rowe (72' Burroughs), Jay McGrath, Joe Newton, Josh Reid, Jack Burroughs, Ryan Howley, Jonny Ngandu (45' Young), Will Bapaga, Fabio Tavares, Harrison Nee (68' Trialist).

Subs: Luke Bell (GK), Trialist, George Burroughs, Aaron Evans-Harriott, Jordan Young.


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